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APDT ETHICS STATEMENT
VISION STATEMENT

                       The Association of Professional Dog Trainers will be universally
                       recognized as the foremost professional organization of
                       humane dog trainers.

MISSION STATEMENT

                            To provide education for trainers and the public.

                            To promote interactions among dog trainers and
                            other animal professionals.

                            To encourage members to use their knowledge,
                            skills, and training to achieve harmonious
                            relationships between people and dogs.

                            To encourage the use of positive reinforcement in
                            dog training and to minimize use of aversive
                            techniques.

ETHICS STATEMENT

                         1. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
                            (APDT) I pledge to provide honest professional
                            services of the highest standards. I will strive to keep
                            myself informed of advances in my field. To the best
                            of my ability I will perform services within the
                            guidelines of the APDT Code of Ethics
                         2. Conviction of charges involving cruelty to or neglect
                            of animals shall be considered an automatic violation
                            of this Code of Ethics.
                         3. Members will treat all dogs with respect. Members
                            will work at developing and applying more positive
                            methods of training and make them an integral part
                            of training methods.
                         4. The practices of hanging, beating, kicking and all
                            similar procedures causing the dog great pain,
                            distress and imminent potential for physical harm are
                            inconsistent with humane dog training. These
                            procedures represent a serious violation of
                            professional ethical conduct and will not be tolerated.
                         5. When designing training and behavior programs,
                            members should take into account the physical and
                            psychological well being of the individual dog.
                         6. Members will refrain from giving guarantees
                            regarding the outcome of training because there is
                            no sure way to guarantee the cooperation and
                            performance of all parties involved and because the
                            knowledge of animal behavior is incomplete. This
                            should not be confused with a trainers desire to
                            guarantee client satisfaction with their professional
                            services.
                         7. Members are encouraged to assess their own
                            knowledge, experience and qualifications, and work
                            within their professional limits.
                         8. Members will refrain from representing dog training
                            and behavioral information as scientific, unless the
                            information is derived from legitimate research or
                            data based findings.
                         9. Members will not engage in plagiarism, by
                            representing another person's work as their own, and
                            will reference sources of materials developed by
                            others.
                        10. Members should be respectful of colleagues and
                            other professionals. Members shall refrain from
                            personally critical comments about other
                            professionals, and shall not unnecessarily condemn
                            the character of that person's professional acts in
                            such a manner as to be false or misleading.
                        11. Members should be respectful of clients, their
                            relationship with their dogs and their wishes
                            regarding the training of their dogs. Member trainers
                            should respect the right of clients to refuse the use of
                            methods with which they are uncomfortable.
                        12. Members should respect the privacy of clients and
                            hold in confidence all information obtained in the
                            course of professional services, unless otherwise
                            agreed upon in advance. Trainers should use their
                            discretion in revealing information regarding dogs
                            displaying potentially dangerous behavior.
                        13. No member shall represent himself or herself as an
                            official APDT spokesperson without prior approval of
                            the Board of Directors.
                        14. Members should strive to stay current in their field
                            through reading relevant material, attendance at
                            conferences, workshops and seminars and/or
                            utilizing other methods of academic continuing
                            education.
                        15. Members will strive to incorporate education on what
                            it means to be a responsible dog owner into training
                            programs for individual dog owners and community
                            agencies.