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 … Read more How were AnimalKind dog training standards developed?
There are many schools, certifications and designations for dog trainers and it is hard to know what they all mean. Science has shown that reward-based training methods are more effective … Read more Why does AnimalKind only endorse certain trainer qualifications?
Science has shown that reward-based training methods are more effective and better for dogs than methods that cause pain or fear. AnimalKind standards require dog trainers to use positive, reward-based … Read more Do AnimalKind dog training standards ever allow aversive training methods to be used?
No, not if used properly. Head collars can be aversive to some dogs, but this can often be prevented with proper fitting and careful introduction of the tool. Trainers can … Read more Are head collars considered an aversive training tool by AnimalKind standards?
Use of spray bottles to intervene in an emergency situation is acceptable (i.e. to break up a dog fight, to stop a dog from doing something that might injure themselves). … Read more Can spray bottles be used to distract dogs or to de-escalate aggressive behaviour?
Yes! Reactive dogs respond well to positive-reinforcement training when it is done correctly and under the guidance of a skilled dog trainer. The easiest way to help your reactive dog … Read more Can reactive dogs be trained using positive-only training methods?
AnimalKind accredited dog training businesses may sell and promote food products for dogs (including raw animal protein food products). However, AnimalKind trainers may not make therapeutic nutritional recommendations to dog … Read more Can AnimalKind trainers sell pet food or treats?
No, AnimalKind accredited dog training businesses may not sell or promote non-professional dental scaling services (also known as “anesthesia-free dentals”, “cosmetic cleaning of the visible portion of a dog’s teeth”, … Read more Can AnimalKind trainers offer anesthesia-free dental services?
AnimalKind is a voluntary accreditation program for businesses and organizations that provide dog training services. If BC SPCA staff members operate training businesses in addition to their employment at the … Read more Can BC SPCA staff members become accredited by AnimalKind?