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Regarding American Humane Association’s Guide To Humane Dog Training and the Delta Society’s Professional Standards for Dog Trainers:

The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc. (NADOI) was founded in 1965 to elevate the standards of the dog instructing profession, to aid both dog and human in the solution of the many problems associated with dog ownership, and to endorse competent instructors as having attained the skills and knowledge necessary to serve those ends.

Because both dog training and dog obedience instructing are 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. To constrain the instructor by forbidding the use of specific tools and techniques because they might be misused by a minority is to make his or her job that much more difficult, and may cause delay or even failure in training the dog. For this reason, NADOI endorses neither equipment nor training methods and does not support any guidelines or standards which limit or prohibit the use of specific equipment or training methods.

NADOI is strongly opposed to cruel or unnecessarily harsh training methods. It is, however, the position of NADOI that the humaneness of equipment and training methods is dependent upon the skill and knowledge of individual trainers and that limitation or restriction regarding the use of certain equipment or training methods is detrimental to the purpose of and goal of NADOI.

Therefore, NADOI does not endorse or support the American Humane Association’s Guide to Humane Dog Training.

Omissions and inconsistencies in the Delta Society’s Professional Standards for Dog Trainers result in limitations of or bias toward the use of certain equipment or training methods. Therefore, NADOI does not endorse or support the Delta Society’s Professional Standards for Dog Trainers.


Approved by the Board of Directors, November 2002.

 

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