A. All practitioners will ensure that the client and their dogs welfare is paramount at all times.
B. Preferably all clients should be referred by their veterinary surgeon. However, occasionally clients may be accepted without a referral. It should be pointed out at this stage that there are a number of behavioural problems that stem from a medical condition and it is extremely important that these are ruled out, prior to starting a behavioural modification plan.
C. The organisation opposes the use of punitive techniques and equipment such as, check, choke, prong, spike collars, electronic collars etc
D. All practitioners must have both public liability and professional indemnity insurance cover.
E. All practitioners use positive reinforcement methods that are fair, kind and effective and reject so called "dominance reduction training and behaviour modification methods.
F. Practitioners will not sacrifice their personal or professional conduct for monetary gain.
G. Practitioners will not mislead or give clients unrealistic expectations of the outcome
H. Practitioners shall continue to develop additional skills and knowledge by keeping themselves informed of advances in the field of canine behaviour, by evaluating developing theories and training methods and promoting them in a manner that will best serve their clients. All practitioners must further their own education as part of their professional continuing development through education courses, reading and training.
I. Practitioners will respect confidentiality at all times. Any information collected will be done so under the Data Protection Act 1998.
J. Practitioners will only use letters, qualifications and statements that they are entitled to. Any practitioner fraudulently claiming a qualification they are not entitled to will be removed from the organisation.
K. Practitioners should determine and recognise their own professional limits and abilities, be open and honest with clients and where necessary refer clients to another practitioner.
L. All practitioners will adhere to this code of conduct
M. All complaints in respect of practitioners not adhering to this code of conduct will be fully investigated in a fair, non judgemental way by the organisation.
CODE OF ETHICS
1. General Statements
1.1 Membership at any level of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (hereinafter referred to as “PDTE”) must represent a commitment to upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical practices both as described herein and where this Code omits, as good faith and good conscience dictate.
1.2 Members should hold as their main priorities as trainers, the welfare of all dogs with which they come into professional or personal contact and the integrity of the relationship between client and dog. There should be a signed agreement between member and client stating the responsibilities of each.
1.3 The PDTE should aim to positively declare and provide a forum for its members themselves as professional trainers. To this end, members should actively seek to learn and to help educate their peers, recognising that continual broadening of all members’ knowledge can only benefit our clients and their dogs.
1.4 The PDTE would recommend and encourage members to provide an ongoing
record of their professional development.
1.5 Members of the PDTE should where appropriate, actively promote responsible and ethical training, counselling, therapy, breeding, selling, rescuing and management of dogs.
1.6 Members may not practise when in a physical or mental condition that would adversely affect the integrity of the relationships between members, clients and their dogs.
1.7 It is obligatory that members have insurance for both professional indemnity and public liability.
1.8 The PDTE as a body shall provide a forum for trainers and their clients to voice concerns, complaints or thanks and shall aim to put into place a system, where appropriate, for disciplinary action. Consequences shall be at the discretion of the PDTE who will endeavour to deal with matters in a fair and unbiased manner.
1.9 Submissions for revisions to the Code of Ethics shall be accepted at any time and the Code will be reviewed and voted on annually by the general membership.
1.10 Members shall aim to be aware of and act within all local laws.
2. Training Practices
Members of the PDTE shall strive to…
2.1 Employ and promote only humane techniques in the training and handling of dogs, being prepared to provide guidance and advice on the appropriateness of techniques in consideration of dog breed and temperament, client knowledge and ability, and environmental influences.
2.2 Discourage and reject gratuitous or non-instructive, physical or psychological punishment of dogs, instead advising or instructing clients, where appropriate, on humane, instructive means of communication with their dogs.
2.3 Discourage and reject inhumane or unkind physical or psychological treatment of dogs (as distinct from punishment in 2.2).
2.4 Refrain from suggesting the use of prescribed drugs and medications or medical diagnoses, other than those substances readily available to the general public for pet dogs in accordance with the laws and practices of each country. Directions for use must be included.
2.5 Inform and maintain contact with the veterinarian during the treatment period where appropriate, if using remedies such as alternative medicines. If suggesting the use of such remedies members should have a good working knowledge in this field.
2.6 Keep an open mind with regard to new training ideas, techniques and equipment, promoting only those which have been humanely tried and tested, and should educate themselves in their field and share the results of their
2.7 Treat all clients and their dogs in a responsible and professional manner,
regardless of their ability or breed.
3. Business Practices
Members of the PDTE shall strive to…
3.1 Keep accurate and complete records of all clients and their dogs, as appropriate and for an appropriate length of time.
3.2 Credit the work of others appropriately where publication or broadcast of such work is made.
3.3 Be prepared for classes or consultations.
3.4 Declare the degree of success that could be expected and the anticipated
limitations of training, behaviour therapy or general advice given, and refrain from promising unqualified “guaranteed methods” or “secret cures”.
3.5 When using advertising, promotional materials or other communications,
members should only use accurate statements or representations and only use
titles, degrees or diplomas to which they are entitled. Claims of past performance must be accurate and verifiable. Any endorsements used or inferred must have actually been achieved.
3.6 Stress in the publication or broadcast of training advice, where appropriate, that such advice is provisional and that active training cannot fully be provided by telephone, in a broadcast or in a published article and that certain problems are best suited to the personal attention of a dog trainer or other professionals in the field.
3.7 Keep class sizes to a number which allow appropriate attention to be given to all class members.
3.8 Refrain from knowingly supporting or promoting, whether by advice or referral or transactions or financial contribution, the inhumane breeding of dogs, such as socalled “puppy farms” or “puppy mills” and their retail associates.
3.9 In case of a person with serious need and without appropriate financial ability,help absorb the cost or refer to a trainer or organisation willing to help absorb the cost.
3.10 Be honest and fair in assessing the needs of clients and their dogs and
forthcoming with such assessment, providing in advance, where possible, a
realistic estimate of time and cost to satisfy such needs (for example not to
“stretch” trainers to sell unnecessary classes, consultations or equipment).
4. Relationship with PDTE Members and Other Trainers
Members of the PDTE shall strive to…
4.1 Represent the PDTE in good faith, while refraining from public or private
promotion or endorsement of any product or service in the name of the PDTE,
without the expressed written consent of the Officers of the PDTE, as directed by the membership.
4.2 Maintain a spirit of co-operation with PDTE members and refrain from criticising members and trainers in public or to clients.
4.3 Refrain from infringement upon another trainer’s signature mark, copyright, business name or slogan.
4.4 Avoid knowingly soliciting other trainer’s clients, except where some arrangement or co-operation is made.
4.5 Refer clients to other PDTE members with appropriate expertise, where they themselves are unable to provide services required.
4.6 Consider and protect the interests of the PDTE and its members.