Great Paws Gang
YOUR ONLINE DOG TRAINING COMMUNITY
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Your instructor is a full member with distinction of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and a Professional member of the Pet Professional Network (PPN).
Being part of these organisations ensures your instructor is always enhancing their knowledge with the latest science and developments in dog training and behaviour whilst also adhering to a strict code of ethics.
All Members of The IMDT agree to abide by The IMDT Code of Ethics:
- To train dogs professionally with honesty, integrity and in the best interest of the dog, owner, the public and The IMDT.
- Actively provide and promote force-free training methods and actively reject any methods or equipment that may cause physical or mental discomfort.
- Continue Professional development through books, workshops, courses & seminars.
- Respect the privacy and confidentiality of clients.
- Carry suitable professional insurance including public liability.
- Members agree to work within their professional limits and agree to refer owners with needs beyond those limits to a suitable professional.
- Provide and promote science based, proven dog training principles to a high, professional standard.
- Avoid positive punishment as a tool for training dogs.
- Accept IMDT Committee decisions as final.
- Proactively benefit dogs and dog owners.
- Proactively promote The IMDT.
Our code of ethics
- To provide the best long term/follow up support for clients.
- To respect the privacy and confidentiality of clients and other members.
- To carry the appropriate insurance for your services, including public liability.
- To continue professional and personal development in all areas of marketing, practical skills and updating current knowledge of pet care, training and welfare legislations.
- To actively provide and promote force-free training and handling methods.
- To reject training and/or handling methods that cause unnecessary discomfort, both physical or mental; This includes verbal and physical corrections and training tools or equipment used in training and everyday handling methods that are designed to startle, scare or be aversive to dogs through: intimidation, tightening, restricting to prevent pulling, pain, shock.
- Tools and equipment we actively reject and do not promote the use of in training and everyday handling methods include but not exhaustive to are spray collars, pet correctors, physical or verbal corrections to intimidate or startle, choke or check chain collars, prong collars, shock collars and *slip leads. *Restricting head collars i.e. haltis or harnesses that tighten and restrict the dog to reduce pulling (i.e no pull harnesses). *These are all subject to individual cases so please see 8 for details of weaning off period or request more information via our team.
- In some circumstances we understand that some of your clients may already use some of the above tools or equipment. Or without a halti the dog may become a danger to the owner or itself. We suggest a weaning off period or to introduce a harness where appropriate or in a combination with a head harness as above and re-educate/teach your clients into a more appropriate alternative. We are happy to help you through this process as we understand clients can be sensitive to changes so this needs to be approached in a tactful and professional manner. In the case of slip leads, in some instances, partcularly in rescue work, slip leads may need to be used when other methods of handling cannot. This is particularly understandable in cases where dogs are lead shy/collar shy. Please get in contact for our official full statement on haltis or concerns or information with any of the equipment listed above. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, is subject to change and individual situations are taken into account.
- To only take on clients and their pets with whom you can work within your professional limits. If these go beyond the following you must either:
- Agree to refer the client on to another professional, who has the appropriate skills or knowledge.
- Continue professional development to enhance this skillset or knowledge.
- Seek appropriate assessments or mentoring opportunities to further your knowledge.
- To not spam other members with unsolicited emails or messages, of your services or products, unless they have requested your help.
- You will not use other professionals’ images/infographics without prior consent.
- You will not copy and paste another professionals’ content and use it as your own. All blogs written on you pages/website should be in your own words or if using someone else’s material quoted and referenced.