The ABDT is an organisation dedicated to helping create balanced dogs. This means dogs that are: happy, fun to be around, and safe. The aim of the association is to share knowledge and expertise. That might be something as simple as giving a new dog owner advice on how best to train their dog, or as complex as advising the government on implementing policy relating to dogs.

While the association is based in the UK, it's membership is world wide. Members range in experience from novice dog owners to world renowned trainers. The association isn't just about training however, it's about all aspects of dog welfare, so membership is open to dog walkers, kennel owners, groomers and people invloved in rescue work.