Ethics Code for Members & Learners

All Members of The DoGenius agree to abide by The DoGenius Code of Ethics:
  • To train/work with animals professionally with honesty, integrity and in the best interest of the animal, carer, the public and The DoGenius Institute.
  • Actively provide and promote force-free training methods and actively reject any methods or equipment that may cause physical or mental discomfort.
  • Continue Professional development through books, workshops, courses & seminars.
    Respect the privacy and confidentiality of clients.
  • Carry suitable professional insurance including public liability.
  • Members agree to work within their professional limits and agree to refer owners with needs beyond their capabilities to a suitable professional.
  • Provide and promote science-based, proven dog training principles to a high, professional standard.
  • Avoid positive punishment as a tool for training.
  • Accept The DoGenius Committee decisions as final.
  • Proactively benefit animals and their carers.
  • Proactively promote The DoGenius Institute

Protecting Animal Welfare

The DoGenius Institute does not endorse or encourage the use of animals in any form of entertainment, blood sports, unregulated breeding or other forms of exploitation.
The DoGenius Institute does however recognise that dogs, cats and horses may be used in sports, hunting, breeding, showing and competitive sports. In these circumstances it is important that the welfare of any animals used is considered and protected at all times.
In 2006 England and Wales introduced legislation to protect the welfare of animals (Animal Welfare Act 2006). Included was the requirement that a person responsible for an animal has a duty of care to provide for that animal’s needs.This includes any person who may be in direct control of the animal as well as the owner. In some circumstances those commissioning the use of animals may share in this duty of care. It is therefore recommended that all parties are aware of the relevant information in the references that are provided at the end of these guidelines to ensure compliance with all legislation and that the welfare of any animals involved is assured.
We believe that education is key to improving all animal welfare, which is why we offer education to all.
Please note that legislation, codes of practice and welfare guidelines vary between countries and it is recommended that the country specific reference is consulted.
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