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Doggy Home School: 5 steps to ensure Happiness & well being.

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

1. Banned methods:

  • Use of alpha rolls.

  • Any physical punishment of the dog.

  • Any method that fails to ensure the dogs welfare is the top priority.

  • Any method that inflicts pain, injury, discomfort or fear to the dog.

  • Any method that causes undue stress to the dog.

  • Any method that attempts in any way to dominate the dog.

  • No use of any unethical, dangerous, detrimental or damaging techniques.

2. Banned equipment:

  • Head collars.

  • Check chains

  • Check cords

  • E-collars

  • Anything that causes conflict or does not uphold the dogs welfare as the highest priority and is detrimental.

3. Competencies expected:

  • Adequate skill - the ability to apply knowledge and hands on practice.

  • Trainers must be able to recognise the boundaries of their own competence and not attempt to practise any form of behaviour modification for which they do not have the appropriate knowledge, skill or understanding or, where applicable, specialist qualifications.

  • In order to deal with a behaviour issue, the trainer must possess sufficient knowledge and the necessary skills and understanding to apply this when assessing a case.

  • Knowledge should be achieved through theoretical learning as well as experience. It should be independently tested and scientifically based.

  • A sound understanding of canine social behaviours and communications is essential as well as a thorough understanding of active appeasement and passive appeasement and how dogs move between these.

4. Ethics:

  • Do not use any dangerous, or unethical methods that cause physical/psychological harm.

  • Do not employ any person who uses any aversive methods.

  • The dogs welfare is the most important priority at all times.

  • Ensure the owner/client and practitioner are in agreement regarding the ethics.

  • Due to the lack of licensing required for this field, it is important to check that staff have experience, skills and knowledge necessary for the role. Their morals and ethics must be in line with Doggy Home School.

5. Principles:

  • Human safety always comes first above all else.

  • The safety of dogs in your care must never be compromised.

  • Humans should be taught to recognise, understand and respect the dogs emotions.

  • Humans should be taught a sound understanding of stress in dogs, as a dog under stress is more likely to use aggression.

  • The welfare of the dog is paramount and as a minimum should include:

  1. Freedom from pain, injury or disease.

  2. Freedom from hunger and thirst.

  3. Freedom to express normal behaviour.

  4. Fear from fear and distress.

  5. Freedom from discomfort.

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