East of England Positive Canine Professionals code of Practice
Proposed at inaugural meeting 29 June 2013
Members of the group would be required to sign up to this code and expected to abide
by it. Any member not complying could be asked to leave the group following a decision
by the committee.
Although the group includes dog trainers, it is also intended to include other professionals
in the dog welfare and care field, including groomers, walkers, sitters and those
involved in rescue. It is a group for individuals rather than organisations.
The group aims to promote positive reward based approaches to training and interacting
with dogs. We are committed to educating dog owners in the use of training methods
which are based on scientifically researched principles and sound learning theory.
The group includes dog trainers and other professional practitioners in the field
of dog welfare and care.
Members will recognise their responsibility to clients, clients’ dogs and society
in general and conduct themselves with integrity as professional practitioners. Their
actions or advice should not knowingly cause psychological or physical distress or
damage to any of these.
The welfare of clients and their dogs is paramount.
Members shall respect the views and independence of others and shall not publicly
denigrate their conduct or opinions.
Members shall not seek to attract business unfairly or unprofessionally or conduct
their practice in any way which would discredit the reputation of Positive Essex
Members are responsible for continuing their personal and professional development
by undertaking further training and study and acquiring knowledge of new theory and
The training methods and/or equipment advised, employed or sold by members shall
be consistent with the principles of kindness and fairness to both clients and dogs.
For this reason, coercive or punitive techniques and/or equipment should not be
used, recommended, advertised or sold by members
The training techniques employed and advised by members are assumed to be the application
of scientifically based research and knowledge and to result from practical experience
of the use of non-compulsive methods.
Members will have public liability insurance where appropriate.
Members will not bring the Group into disrepute.
The committee of the Group shall advise and give directions on all matters of principle
and of conduct of members and any complaint or dispute arising therefrom shall be
dealt with by reference to the Code of the Group.
Membership will be terminated if a member is found guilty of cruelty or other crime(s)
against an animal(s).
PROHIBITED EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES:
The following gives examples of equipment and techniques which are covered by the
code of practice and which may not be used by any trainer or practitioner in their
work with animals – the list is not exhaustive but provides examples:
Electric shock devices in any form
High frequency sound devices which are designed to startle