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County in Florida Votes to Regulate Dog Trainers

22 Nov 2017 2:49 PM | Niki Tudge (Administrator)

November 2018 

Hillsborough County Florida. 

TAMPA — Dog trainers in Hillsborough County must obtain a license and agree to training plans with pet owners before beginning instruction, county commissioners decided on Wednesday.

The new ordinance, called Truth in Training, is the first of its kinds in the country, county officials have said.

The 5-2 vote came amid fierce opposition from many local dog trainers, many of whom warned the new regulations would inhibit their small businesses. They also said it would discourage certain training methods, for fear of litigation.

BARKS from the Guild published an article regarding this situation and it can be seen here 



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