Verifying Dog Training Insurance Before Hiring a Trainer

Before you hire a professional to train your dog, it's important to verify if they have dog training insurance. Being insured and bonded is an indication of a trainer's professionalism, and is strongly recommended by established organizations such as the International Association of Canine Professionals (ACP) and the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI).

What Kind of Coverage to Look For

When selecting a trainer, check to see if they have the following coverage:

  • fidelity or dishonesty bonds-reimburses dog owners for loss of their dog and other property when the trainer or business has been prosecuted for theft
  • animal care, custody and control insurance-covers vet and property bills in the event your pet is killed or injured while under a trainer's care
  • professional liability insurance-covers the trainer against claims of personal, property, or bodily injury or professional negligence

How to Confirm if a Trainer's Insured

Most reputable dog trainers recognize the value of letting customers know they're insured, so the majority will provide this information on their websites or marketing materials. Some trainers may not specify which policies they carry, so consider asking which insurance they have before making your final hiring decision.

A good starting point for finding a qualified dog trainer who is likely to be insured is to search the listings of professional groups like the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and the International Association of Canine Professionals.