In becoming a member of the APDT, a member must agree to the APDT Code of Ethics and may be expelled from the Association if they do not act in accordance with them.
APDT Code of Ethics
As a member of APDT Australia Inc. I shall:
- Perform services to the best of their ability within the guidelines of this Code of Ethics.
- Employ only humane, dog-friendly techniques in the training of dogs.
- Actively reject the use of harsh, physical, psychological, coercive and aversive methods in the training of dogs (including the use of electric shock collars and/or pinch/prong collars).
- Make the welfare of the dog of primary importance.
- Be honest and trustworthy.
- Treat all dogs with respect.
- Do no harm.
- Promote responsible dog ownership.
- Actively pursue ongoing education in order to provide a service based upon sound scientific principles and current best practice.
- Promote a positive human/canine relationship between owner and dog.
- Work at developing and applying positive methods of dog training.
- Provide a service of the highest standard within the limit of my skill, knowledge and ability.
- Respect the confidentiality and privacy of clients.
- Not advertise myself as a member of APDT Australia Inc. without prior approval of the Association.
- Not represent myself as a spokesperson for APDT Australia Inc. without prior approval of the Association.
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