5. encourages questions and is courteous to canine and human clients.
6. uses training tools and methods you are comfortable with. Tools should be humane, not harmful to the
dog, and should avoid procedures or training devices that cause the dog pain, distress, or that have potential
for physical harm.
7. stays informed about new training tools and techniques.
8. takes ongoing educational courses and/or is a member of educational organizations.
9. takes care to protect your dog's health in a group setting.
- Ask if dogs and puppies are required to be vaccinated prior to class and, if so, which vaccines are required. Make sure
you and your veterinarian are comfortable with the vaccination requirements.
- You have the absolute right to stop any trainer or other animal care professional who, in your opinion, is causing your
dog harm or distress.
Current clients are a valuable source of information for you. Attending a group class gives you the opportunity to ask
clients how they feel about their experience - if they are enjoying the class and feel that their training needs and goals
are being met.
Because of variables in dog breeding and temperament and owner commitment and experience, a trainer cannot and
should not guarantee the results of his/her training. However, a trainer can and should be willing to ensure your
satisfaction with the professional services.