LEADing the way with JFJ – Training and Behaviour

1. Cancellations – 48 hours’ notice is required. Charges may be applied (for up to the entire period that has been cancelled) if the required notice period is not given.

2. LEADing The Way … with JFJ’ reserves the right to ask for a 20% deposit to reserve any booking, with balance payable before or on date of first session. A 50% deposit is required for any residential training/boarding

3. ‘LEADing The Way … with JFJ’ reserves the right to cancel the contract (at any time & with immediate effect) if any dog/s under the contract do not respond well to the plan (where the continuing of said contract is deemed, by ‘LEADing The Way with JFJ’, to constitute a risk to safety).

4. The trainer will apply personal judgement and cut short a training session, if necessary, if
the trainer feels that the dog is not coping well. In the case of anxious dogs, the trainer may do the initial session with the owner only or split the initial consultation into two shorter sessions.

5. All methods used are kind, ethical and effective; however, they are not instant and take
commitment from the client to work with their dog in the long-term.

6. All dogs that are known to have a bite history (either with other dogs or humans), or that have otherwise previously caused injury, need to wear a muzzle. ‘LEADing The Way with JFJ’ accepts no responsibility for dogs who are not muzzled, or otherwise kept under control, during the session or when working outside of the session. Failure to wear a muzzle when/if requested may result in the immediate termination of your support and a refund may not be offered.

7. ‘LEADing The Way …with JFJ’ holds relevant insurance with Simply Business. However, any accident or injury during our training session will not be covered if you have failed to use the appropriate equipment or failed to follow the advice of the trainer.

8. Methods will sometimes be taking a hands-off approach and working at a distance (especially in cases of anxious dogs).

9. In some cases, a ‘stooge dog’ may be brought in to aid in training. You will be responsible for keeping your dog a sufficient and safe distance from the stooge dog (as required) and, if requested, will need your dog to wear a muzzle during these sessions.

10. You are happy for ‘LEADing The Way with JFJ’ to share success stories about your dog via our website or social media, including the sharing of photos.

11. You are happy to write a testimonial if requested

12. In the case of behavioural issues, you agree to give consent to work with us and are happy for us to contact your vet on your behalf if needed.

The IMDT Code of Ethics:

✓ To train dogs and behave professionally with honesty, integrity and in the best interest of the dog, the owner, the public
✓ 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, self-study, 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 and negative reinforcement as a tool for training dogs
✓ Accept IMDT Committee decisions as final after appeals process
✓ Proactively benefit dogs and dog owners
✓ Proactively promote The IMDT and Associated bodies

Dog Training College Code of Conduct 2022

1. General

a. This Code of Conduct Policy sets out to establish and maintain the minimum standards of conduct with which Members and Employees are required to comply with.
“Members” can include Licensed Instructors, Certified Dog Trainers and Approved Dog Trainers of the Dog Training College (“herein known as the DTC”) “Employees” includes all staff who are employed by and work directly for DTC.

b. Our Code of Conduct Policy outlines our expectations regarding members and employees behavior. Members and Employees shall work ethically with integrity and shall recognise their responsibility to DTC, General Society, clients and their animals.

c. We promote freedom of expression and open communication. But we expect all members and employees to follow our community policy. They should avoid offending, participating in serious disputes and disrupting our workplace. We also expect them to foster a well-organized, respectful and collaborative environment.

d. This policy applies to all our members and employees of DTC.

2. Convention

a. We expect all Members and Employees to work with Animals and their Owners with honesty, integrity, transparency and always in the best interest of the animal.

b. All training services provided should be positive force free training. Negative training methods should always be discouraged.

c. Positive punishment should not be utilised as a method of training.

d. No equipment that could cause any harm or injury, whether mental or physical, to the animal should be used or promoted by members or employees of DTC.

e. Promotion and provision of proven dog training principles to a high professional standard.
f. Members agree to work within their professional limits and should the needs be out of scope of expertise refer on to another suitable member of DTC.

g. Privacy and confidentiality of any Clients should be maintained by members and employees.

Members and employees should maintain a professional positive approach to any Animals owned by them.

All members must hold public liability insurance for the purpose of their business.

Ethics PPN

Our code of ethics and guiding principles

1. To continue professional and personal development in all areas of marketing, practical skills and updating current knowledge of pet care, training and welfare legislations.

2. To actively provide and promote methods of training and handling that do not intentionally cause fear, means of force or put animals intentionally over threshold (known as *flooding). *Please refer to section 10 in particular for veterinary work/rescue work.

3. 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.

4. 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 and 9. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, is subject to change and individual situations are taken into account.

5. Special considerations Haltis/head harness – In some circumstances we understand that some of your clients may already use some of the above tools or equipment including haltis/head collars 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.
PPN reserves the right to deny applications to those whom we feel do not reach our criteria, regarding our standards of ethics and of conduct. In some special circumstances we may also have a duty of care to inform our supporting organisations, or any charter/governing body, if we believe that there is an ethical reason to do so.

We cannot accept applications from anybody currently undergoing formal investigation, or those whom have been removed from our supporting organisations for breaching ethical standards. We also cannot accept applications from anybody found to display frequent inappropriate behaviour, or behaviour that could pose a risk to the safety of other members or undermine PPN and/or our supporting organisations.

We thank you for all your support and for continuing to raise the standards for animals and people.

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