The Pet Professional Guild
The Association for Force-Free Pet Industry Professionals
- We always hold the pet’s welfare as our top priority. The pet is the vulnerable component in the consultation process as they cannot offer informed consent.
- The professionals’ role is one that is beneficial to the pet and never to its detriment. Always seek to do no harm.
- Do not condone or endorse any treatment by a pet’s owner that is physically or mentally cruel. We will opt out of a consulting agreement rather than attempt to manage an unethical course of action.
- We only consult with clients who offer cases that we have the professional competence to deal with.
- We only use procedures, protocols and training tools that are empirically based and have a proven track record.
- We always consider communications with our clients privileged. We will only break that confidentiality if a pet is being abused and the client cannot be dissuaded from using their current approach. We always act according to local and state laws in terms of reporting animal cruelty.
- We recognize that the pet’s owner is responsible for their pet and the owner has the right to make decisions about the professional treatment of their pet.
- Ensure all communications are professional and based in fact. When discussing industry practices, trends or issues, members will limit discussion to practices and consequences rather than the individuals using them thereby ensuring informed, professional and civil exchanges that enrich members and the industry of force-free pet professionals.
- Apply the following ethical principles to each situation you encounter:
- Respect for the freedom and dignity of others.
- Do no harm.
- Do good.
- Act fairly.
- Be faithful to promises made.
The Animal Behaviour and Training Council
The Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies.
It sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer or animal behaviour therapist, and it maintains the national register of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.
It promotes the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans, lobbying for humane methods in training and behaviour modification, and for the education of the animal owning public.
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), UK is a voluntary organisation established to improve the welfare of dogs and the competence of dog owners through the promotion of training skills and techniques based on up to date, researched, methods that apply the principles of kindness fairness and effectiveness and are in keeping with modern learning theory.
We provide education – via pet dog training classes and one-to-one lessons – to the dog owning public, promoting the use of Kind, Fair and Effective training
The IMDT is the leading education provider for Dog Trainers and Behaviourists and is a Registered Learning Centre for The Open College Network.
IMDT and IMDTB courses are open for all to attend and offer a wide range of education and support, from beginner to advanced.
The IMDT is the only education provider to offer the externally accredited OCN ‘Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’ Dog Training Qualification.