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