For me, an ethical dog trainer is one who trains without using aversives, correction, fear, pain or intimidation. If you consider yourself to be a balanced or traditional trainer, this membership is not right for you.
If you use any of the following articles / methods in your training, this membership is not right for you.
Prong or spike collars
Check/choke chains or half-check/choke chains
Electric shock, or high frequency sound or buzzing devices which apply an aversive stimulus such as pain or startle
Spray collars of any kind, whether remote-controlled, automatic, and citronella or water-based or other
Tightening harnesses, i.e. harnesses that tighten around the chest or abdomen when a dog pulls
Cloth or mesh muzzle, or any muzzle that restricts breathing and/or panting (only safe basket muzzles should be used when necessary)
Pet Corrector, Dog Stop or similar devices (sonic devices which release pressurised air, citronella spray or other)
Anti-bark collars of any type
Training discs, or any similar training item designed to startle and interrupt
Any type of water or liquid spray, e.g. citronella
Any commercial or home-made device emitting a loud noise e.g. rattle cans or bottles containing stones
The throwing of keys, chains, sticks, or any other item
Strong olfactory repellent substances, e.g. smelling salts, bite back, chilli (or other capsaicin containing substance), pepper, lemon, etc.
Any other device, training aid or piece of equipment the Academy deems inappropriate or unethical.
Shouting, growling, or making a confrontational noise, towards a dog(s)
Pinching of ears, feet, toes or any other part of a dog’s body
Jerking of any lead, collar, harness, head collar
Hitting, prodding, pushing, shoving, jabbing a dog
Biting a dog
Pinning a dog down in an ‘alpha roll’
Punitive physical contact of any kind, as well as intimidation or coercion or any action that causes fear
Any aversive or punitive manhandling causing discomfort, distress and/or pain