Truth-in-Training Ordinance

Registration Forms and License Registrations must be completed by July 1, 2018

Hillsborough County’s “Truth-in-Training” Ordinance oversees the regulation of the licensing for dog-training businesses and registration of dog trainers in Hillsborough County, as well as sets parameters for what is expected of the relationship between the trainer and customer.

Truth-in-Training Ordinance – Article 5

The 'Truth-in-Training' ordinance is designed to eliminate unexpected events during dog training. All techniques and training styles will discussed and agreed upon prior to the start of training so there are no surprises during the training process. Transparent operations are ideal for both the dog owner and the dog trainer/dog-training business. This will help customers better understand the qualifications and procedures of local dog trainers, as well as provide a minimal amount of oversight of dog-training practices.

Individual Dog Trainers:

  • All dog trainers that provide services in Hillsborough County are required to register with Pet Resources.
  • No fee is charged for this registration currently.
  • All registration forms must be completed, signed, and notarized before being submitted to Pet Resources. 
  • Mail notarized forms to:
    Dog Trainer Registration
    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center
    440 N. Falkenburg Road
    Tampa, FL 33619

Download the Individual Dog Trainer Registration form. (Note: If more space is needed to complete the form, please add additional sheets to your form and send in with notarized form.)

Dog trainers may provide services upon submission of the registration. Proof of registration submission may be required if requested by an animal control officer or other agent of the County.. If the applicant receives notice that the registration has been rejected, the dog trainer must cease providing dog-training services until such time a registration has been approved.

Dog-Training Business:

  • All dog-training businesses that conduct dog training within Hillsborough County are required to be licensed to perform dog-training activities.
    • All new dog-training businesses must be licensed prior to operating in the County.
    • All existing dog-training businesses must apply for a license by July 1, 2018. Existing dog-training businesses may continue to operate during the license application process, provided they are operating in accordance with all other provisions of ordinance and any other applicable County ordinance.
  • $50 application fee.
  • License valid two years from the submission date of the application.
  • Application must be completed, signed, and notarized before being submitted to Pet Resources. Failure to supply required information or documents may result in a delay in processing the license request or may result in the rejection of the license application.
  • Mail notarized forms and $50 check to:
    Dog Trainer Registration
    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center
    440 N. Falkenburg Road
    Tampa, FL 33619

Download the Dog-Training Business License Application. (Note: If more space is needed to complete the form, please add additional sheets to your form and send in with notarized form.)

Proof of submission of the application may be required if requested by an animal control officer or other agent of the County. If the applicant receives notice that the license application has been rejected, the dog-training business must cease providing dog-training services until such time as a license has been approved.

Dog-Training Plan Requirements:

  • All dog trainers and dog-training business owners must provide all customers with a written dog-training plan.
  • The training plan must be signed by both the dog trainer and the customer prior to the start of any dog training and a complete copy of the training plan must be provided to the customer.
  • All dog trainers and dog-training businesses must abide by the training plan or any written modifications.
  • Dog trainers and dog-training business owners must provide all customers with a County consumer acknowledgment form.
  • The County consumer acknowledgment form must be signed by both the dog trainer and customer prior to the start of any dog training and a complete copy of the County consumer acknowledgement form must be provided to the customer
  • The County consumer acknowledgment form must be maintained by the dog trainer or dog-training business for four years

Download the Dog Training Consumer Acknowledgment Form

Notes

  • The information provided by registrants and licensees will be handled by Pet Resources who will be responsible for any enforcement needs through the Animal Control Division.
  • Customer complaints, questions, and concerns should be addressed to Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Services.
  • Information provided is considered public record subject to disclosure as defined by Chapter 119 of Florida Statutes, and may be posted on the County's website.