Here at the Rhode Island SPCA, we choose to use positive based training methods and work only with LIMA ( least intrusive, minimally aversive) based trainers. We recommend the same to anyone seeking a training method or trainer for their pet.

Following is a list of local trainers who we recommend and use this type of positive based training.

Outbound Hounds 

Jones Animal Behavior ~ Training for your Cats & Dogs

Great Dog K-9 Training

Cooperation Canine

Jacqueline Baffoni

Good Reads! Choosing a Trainer and other Positive Training Information

Jones Animal Behavior ~ Choosing a Trainer ~https://www.jonesanimalbehavior.com/choosingatrainer

APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers) Position Statement on LIMA ( least intrusive, minimally aversive) – https://apdt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/position-statement-lima.pdf

APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers) ~ Choosing a Dog Trainer – https://apdt.com/resource-center/how-to-choose-a-dog-trainer/

Victoria Stillwell ~ How to Find a Trainer ~ https://positively.com/dog-training/find-a-trainer/how-to-choose-a-good-dog-trainer/

Humane Hierarchy ~ https://m.iaabc.org/about/lima/hierarchy/

CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) LIMA ( least intrusive, minimally aversive) Statement ~ https://www.ccpdt.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/LIMA-Policy-2019.pdf

For more information, contact the Rhode Island SPCA at 401-438-8150 or kjewell@rispca.com.