As mentioned in a previous alert, California Assembly Bill 1901 would regulate all dog trainers in the state as boarding kennels – regardless of the type of training class or the length of the class.
The bill defines dog training very broadly and must be assumed to encompass every type of training, including drop-in classes, public and private training, Canine Good Citizen classes, obedience training, handling classes, performance and sporting training, or any dog training in the state for which the instructor/trainer may receive any type of compensation.
We thank everyone who has been taking the time to reach out to the author’s office. It is also essential that the Assembly Business and Professions Committee hear from you.
Please upload letters to the online committee portal by April 12 to ensure they are included in the official committee analysis. Scroll down for details on how to contact the committee.
This bill establishes one-size fits-all requirements for all types of dog training, and seems to assume that all dog training involves overnight boarding and/or takes place in designated training facilities. When writing the committee, consider the following talking points:
- Explain that training classes do not always include overnight boarding in a facility. Classes take place throughout the state at community centers, public parks, and local dog clubs – just to name a few.
- Explain that there are many different types of training classes and they last for varying lengths of time (some are weekly or a couple times a week for 30 minutes, one hour, etc.). Training can be for basic obedience, service or therapy dogs, participation in AKC events, etc. The regulations in AB 1901 are not appropriate for every type of training and class.
- Express your concern that the vague and extensive requirements in AB 1901 will be virtually impossible for many dog trainers to comply with. If AB 901 passes, it will likely result in fewer dog training classes in the state, which in turn creates potential public safety concerns.
- If you are a dog trainer, provide details of your experience and your classes. How long have you been a trainer? What are the nature of your classes and what type of facility is used? How do you ensure the safety of dogs in your class?
Take the following actions TODAY:
1) Upload a letter to the committee portal by April 12: Use this link and follow the instructions to create a login account and to submit written comments to the committee.
2) Contact the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee. Please consider calling and emailing. If you are a constituent or hold training classes in their district, be sure to mention that when calling:
3) Contact the members of the committee. If you are a constituent or hold training classes in their district, be sure to mention that when contacting them. Please consider calling and emailing them.
Akilah Weber, M.D. (Dist. 79 – San Diego)
Sacramento Office: (916) 319-2079
San Diego Office: (619) 531-7913
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