How were AnimalKind dog training standards developed?
Standards for dog training (PDF) were developed after a thorough review of scientific research (PDF), with feedback from international animal behaviour and dog training experts, and in-person consultations with 36 dog trainers from BC. Development also included a public comment period which gathered additional feedback from dog trainers, community veterinarians, animal behaviour associations, kennel clubs, service dog organizations and other humane organizations. AnimalKind standards also reflect the animal welfare values of the BC SPCA as outlined in the position statement on Animal Training.
Read the scientific review of dog training methods (PDF) that informed AnimalKind standards, or watch the webinar (YouTube) explaining the science behind the standards.