Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

1.Firstly, do no harm, this is the ethical principle that has guided medical professionals for centuries it is also the underpinning principle for members of PAACT.

2. All members must agree to use humane positive reinforcement training techniques, to produce informed, caring owners, with the aim of achieving as far as possible, well socialised, well behaved dogs and good citizens on both ends of the leash.

3. PAACT opposes the use of punitive techniques and equipment such as, check, choke, prong, spike collars, electronic collars.

4. PAACT members should conduct themselves honestly, professionally and compassionately and perform these services within the guidelines of this code.

5. PAACT members shall continue to develop additional skills and knowledge by keeping themselves informed of advances in the field of canine behaviour, by sensibly evaluating developing theories and training methods, and promoting them in a manner that will best serve their clients.

6. Members will use and advocate training methods that rely on:
....... •Eliciting and reinforcing desired behaviour's.
....... •Inhibiting or discouraging unwanted or potentially dangerous behaviour's.
....... •Minimising as far as possible the use of aversive techniques.

7. When designing training and behavioural modification programs, members will take into account the physical and psychological well being of their client and their individual dog(s), furthermore they shall endeavor to incorporate responsible caring ownership into their training.

8. PAACT members may guarantee in general, satisfaction with their services, but should avoid promising specific training outcomes.

9. Members should determine and recognise their own professional limits and abilities, be open and honest with clients and where necessary refer clients to another practitioner.

10. Members will respect client privacy and shall not disclose any information pertaining to their clients or their dog without the client's written permission.

11. Members should at all times be aware that the client has called them in as a professional and should conduct their behaviour with tact and sympathy and strive to become people orientated in their dealings with clients.

12. Members shall respect the views and independence of other dog trainers and behaviourist, and shall not publicly decry their conduct, methods or opinions. Unless that conduct, method or opinions could be considered as abuse.

13. Members should provide other members with all reasonable assistance to assist with their personal development, this may include requests for information, e-mail assistance, telephone assistance or access within reason, to observe at a class or private session.

14. Members shall maintain professional relationships with their clients. They shall not exploit such relationships for improper personal, professional or financial gain, nor seek inappropriately to impose their own values on clients.

15. This code of conduct is a living document and will be developed to reflect adaptive dog training methods.