The Ethical Dog Trainer - A Practical Guide for Canine Professionals

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AABP 2008 Multi-Media Awards for Excellence - Winner of the Best Dog Book of 2008 (miscellaneous category)

What do ethics have to do with dog training?
Dog trainers face ethical decisions all the time. Do I keep working with a client when it is obvious that the owner will not keep up the training program to the detriment of the dog? Should I accept payments from other dog professionals to whom I refer clients? What is the proper way to interact with other dog trainers who use methods I disagree with? Author Jim Barry dives deep into the ethical questions frequently faced by dog trainers and offers up a systematic approach to helping trainers resolve difficult dilemmas.

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How to make difficult ethical choices in a consistent and logical fashion.
How a panel of experts evaluate the ethical decisions made by trainers in a series of case studies.
Current ethical issues, such as the use of force, that have divided the dog training industry.
The code of ethics of the major dog training and behavioral consulting associations.
What the ethical dog trainer should know and the skills he or she should have.

What dog trainers say about The Ethical Dog Trainer
I hope that all dog trainers take the time to read this book and incorporate its principles in their practice. It is mandatory reading for my training staff.
Don Hanson, Past President, APDT

A book that is both timely and important, it will give canine professionals one of the tools necessary to accomplish that task. This Ethical Dog Trainer is a must read for anyone involved in the animal consulting business not just dog trainers!
Susan Smith, Secretary and Treasurer, CCPT

An important book that fills a serious gap in the literature of dog training. Clearly written, enriched with real-life examples, balanced in presenting various views, and, quite simply, compelling to read.
Dani Weinberg, PhD, (CDBC) and author of Teaching People Teaching Dogs

An insightful and important guide for individual trainers and for the future of our emerging profession. A must-read for us all.
Veronica Boutelle, MAEd., CTC, author of How to Run a Dog Business

Jim Barry is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT). Prior to becoming a dog trainer, he was on the faculty at George Mason University, where he specialized in ethics, international politics, and conflict resolution. Jim lives in Middletown, Rhode Island with his wife, Vicki, their Labrador Retriever, Toby, and their cat, Little Guy.

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The personal biases that influence dog training rarely receive the attention they warrant. Anyone who has visited a training chat group knows that open-minded discussion of alternate ideas is not the general rule. In The Ethical Dog Trainer, Jim Barry veers into dangerous waters as he investigates the underlying reasons dog training invites such militant viewpoints. He provides invaluable guidance to navigate this minefield, thanks to his combined background as a dog trainer and an educator specializing in ethics, conflict resolution, and politics. His chapter on dogs and society examines how attitudes toward animals are shaped by religious and cultural values. He courageously acknowledges that many incendiary disagreements arise from the ongoing debate over dog training as a profession or craft. For most of its history, dog training was a craft or an art handed down from master to novice, Barry writes. Dog training was considered to be a skill that individuals acquired in real life, not in a classroom. He traces the growing popularity of training certification programs and profit-based organizations that have evolved to meet this demand. Although he is an accredited trainer, he concedes that professional associations vary greatly in :their emphasis on knowledge and hand-on skills, which makes it difficult to evaluate the merits of individual programs. This is an ambitious book, and it deserves to be read. However, I question whether the polarized factions of the dog-training world are ready to heed these sensible recommendations. Amy Fernandez