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Code of conduct

1. Do no harm, this is the ethical principle that has guided medical professionals for centuries. It is also my underpinning principle.

2. I will combine positive reinforcement training techniques with an understanding of natural dog behaviour to educate owners , with the aim of achieving as far as possible, well socialised, well behaved dogs and citizens at both ends of the leash.

3. I oppose the use of techniques and equipment that harm and scare the dog.

4. I will conduct myself honestly, professionally and compassionately and perform these services within the guidelines of this code.

5. I shall continue to develop additional skills and knowledge by keeping myself informed of advances in the field of canine behaviour, by sensibly evaluating theories and training methods, by promoting them in a manner that will best serve my clients.

6. I will use and advocate training methods that rely on :

 - eliciting and reinforcing desired behaviours

 - inhibiting and discouraging unwanted or potentially dangerous behaviours with an acceptable level of 'punishment'

 - minimising what many may call 'aversive' techniques.

7. When designing training and behavioural modification programmes, I will take into account the physical and psychological well being of my client and individual dog(s). Furthermore I shall endeavour to incorporate responsible caring ownership into their training.

8. I may guarantee in general, satisfaction with my services, but should avoid promising specific training outcomes or results.

9. I should determine and recognise my own professional limits and abilities, be open and hones with clients and where necessary refer clients to another practitioner.

10. I will respect the privacy policy and the data protection act; shall not disclose any information pertaining to my clients or their dog without the clients written permission.

11. I should at times be aware that the client has called me in as a professional and should conduct my behaviour with tact and sympathy and strive to become people orientated in my dealings with clients.

12. I shall respect the views and independence of other dog trainers and behaviour practitioners, and shall not publicly decry their conduct, methods or opinions unless considered as abuse.

13. I shall maintain professional relationships with my clients. I shall not exploit such relationships for improper personal, professional or financial gain, nor seek inappropriately to impose my own values on clients. 

14. I shall at times conduct my work considering the health and safety of myself, my client and the welfare of their dog. I shall also consider my health and safety responsibilities to the general public and maintain a valid public liability and /or professional indemnity insurance policy.

15. This code of conduct is a living document and will be developed to reflect adaptive dog training methods.

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