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  • Mikel Myers

    April 15, 2022 at 11:15 am in reply to: Member's Create Our Code of Conduct Here

    This was harder than I thought it would be. Probably will end up changing some things by the end of the course as I learn more.

    1. A base requirement of being a Foundational Style Dog Trainer is having a minimum level of core education into the science of dogs and dog trainers. Continuing education into new research and methods is essential for success for all parties involved.

    2. When dealing with the public, it is essential that we explain our methods, histories of dogs that we are working with and our business practices. Open and true communication builds trust and confidence.

    3. Timeliness, appropriate handling of animals and equipment, and providing structured plans and showing how we can help owner and dog alike.

    4. When choosing to work with a dog, make sure that we are competent enough in how to handle it. If it is beyond our skill level, recommend someone to help them.

    5. Ensure that during training sessions, everyone involved and nearby are appropriately protected. Teach owners to know how to safely handle their pets in and around the public.

    6. Give proper assessments of the dogs and how much you can help them in the time you will be working with them.

    7. Loyalty to your clients, their privacy, and the dogs that they bring you and to the profession.

    8. Treat dogs, owners, and their relationship how we would want to be treated in their position.

    9. Remember that you are choosing to be a part of a community and give the correct impression of that community out to the world. Hold yourself to the standard that brings good repute on your community.

    10. Obeying the laws of your jurisdiction will help in future advocacy with your local leaders. Make sure to have insurance and all relevant documentation of the dogs within your care.