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Yesterday, the California Senate approved further amendments to the dog trainer disclosure bill (Assembly Bill 1901).

The amendments now require trainers to provide a written disclosure with the following information:

  • The trainer’s name and address (this is from the original bill and could include the address where the training is held)
  • Any civil judgements relating to the dog trainer’s services, or a statement that no judgements exist, and
  • Any animal cruelty convictions against the dog trainer or their employees, or a statement that no convictions exist.

The amendments also state that a person may bring a civil action for a violation of this section.

The bill no longer requires a trainer to disclose their training philosophy, whether or not they are certified, or their training goals and plan.

Assembly Bill 1901 is still pending a vote by the full Senate.  Those who wish may contact their State Senator by typing their address in the “Find Your California Representative” tool on the California Legislature web site.

AKC Government Relations continues to closely monitor all bills impacting dog owners in California.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at