The dog training and pet care industry is unregulated, and that has implications for you as a consumer. Believe it or not, anyone can claim to be a trainer or professional pet care provider. One way for you to protect yourself is to learn a bit about industry best practices from legitimate professional sources, such as The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and to ask appropriate questions before you select a trainer or pet care provider, so that you can protect your pet from outdated, unsafe, or harmful training/care practices and methods. Here are some resources to help you learn more:
- Finding the Right Dog Trainer
- Ten Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Dog Trainer
- Ten Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Pet Professional… coming soon
The Goal is to:
Engage, Educate & Empower Pet Owners While Creating Transparency, Standard Operating Procedures and Consumer Protection across The Pet Industry. We will communicate factually and directly regarding the equipment and methods that are ethical and human to use versus those that are designed to work through pain or fear.
It is June 2016 and the pet industry is currently unregulated, this means that any individual who chooses can open a business and operate as a professional. There is no mandate for educational, ethical or procedural standards.
Think about this. When you engage a pet professional for services, your may end up contracting a professional who has no formal training, competent skills or professional experience working with pets. To make matters worse your “professional” may not be transparent about this.
As the pet owner it is ultimately your responsibility to protect the physical, mental and environmental well being of your pet. To help you do this it is our goal over the next few months to provide the resources for you to make the best decision on behalf of your pet in terms of professional pet industry services.
For responsible, ethical and fully transparent pet professionals we ask you to join us in the development of resources to support the transparency and accountability of the pet industry. Let’s educate our consumer so they know what to ask and how to ask it to support them making ethical and educated consumer decisions.