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JANUARY 2017 - PRESS RELEASE
New York Professional Trainer Licensing
Legislative Contact Info
Dear Members and Supporters,
The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc. (NADOI)
Board of Directors is aware of Bill S08219 -- a bill introduced by
the New York State Senate on December 16, 2016 -- “to establish
licensing and educational standards for individuals providing canine
training for non-service and non-police dogs.”
The Board of Directors stands firm with our original mission from
our founding in 1965 which is to certify dog obedience instructors
of the highest caliber, to provide continuing education and learning
resources to those instructors, and to promote humane, effective
training methods and competent instruction.
Your Board feels that rather than costly or unfair legislation, the
public would be better served by aggressively enacting or enforcing
existing animal abuse/neglect legislation. The Board will be
communicating with the bill’s sponsors and our membership during
this process. If such legislation does become law, then your Board
will continue involvement with the Commissioner of Agriculture and
Markets to ensure to the best of our ability that any licensing and
educational standards will enable our members to continue the use of
a broad choice of methods and tools.
We will impress on the sponsors that in our many years of
experience, it has been shown that dog obedience instructing is an
art as much as science. The skilled instructor must be able to make
judgments and adjustments based on the needs of each individual
student/dog team. NADOI fully understands that the humaneness of
equipment and training methods is dependent upon the skill and
knowledge of individual trainers. Therefore, NADOI is strongly
opposed to cruel or unnecessarily harsh training methods and persons
using such methods should be addressed with existing animal abuse
Our comprehensive exam process to gain membership holds applicants
to high standards and continues to hold members to high standards in
business and training practices. We will share our process with the
sponsors so they will have a clearer picture of the complexity in
what is required for our field.
In the 50 years of certifying instructors, we have seen strong
biases towards and against training methods and philosophies. We
will work to make sure these biases are evident to the sponsors, and
to the committee if this bill becomes law.
NADOI has worked with other groups to produce objective guidelines
in the dog training and instructing field. We will continue to
collaborate with others as this moves forward.
Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
was founded in 1965 when a small group of
highly experienced dog trainers gathered together and resolved to
promote modern, humane training methods and at the same time elevate
the standards of the dog obedience instructing profession. To accomplish
these goals, it was decided that members of the organization should
be designated as having attained certain skills and knowledge of dog
training and obedience instructing. NADOI is not only the
oldest group of its kind in the world, it is the only
professional organization to require that all applicants demonstrate
proficiency in their craft, as tested and measured by their peers,
before membership is granted. NADOI members are found all across the
USA and in many foreign countries.
today remains unchanged: To certify dog obedience instructors of the highest caliber, to provide continuing education and learning resources to those instructors, and to continue to promote humane, effective training methods and competent instruction.
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