The BCSPCA has launched a new program to accredit dog-training businesses in the province.
AnimalKind sets out science-based training standards for dogs. The program’s standards are backed by research, feedback from international animal behaviour and dog training experts, and in-person consultations with 36 dog trainers from BC.
“Each year, the BC SPCA gets hundreds of calls from dog owners seeking guidance on how to find a good trainer,” said Dr. Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA.
“Many trainers say they are using humane methods but until now we’ve had no way to assess this or make a referral. With our new accreditation program, we can confidently recommend AnimalKind companies that have been audited by the BC SPCA, knowing they are committed to using positive and effective training methods.”
Dubois says that a number of veterinary associations, kennel clubs, and dog training associations in North America and around the world have strongly supported the use of reward-based training.
“The goal of AnimalKind is to create a community of animal-related businesses that are committed to using science-based, humane standards, and to help consumers find companies who support good animal welfare,” said Dubois.
There are currently six BC companies that are AnimalKind accredited:
- Bravo Dog (North Vancouver)
- Ocean Park Dog Training (Surrey)
- Yaletown Dog Training (Vancouver)
- Ethical Canine Training and Behaviour Modification (Victoria)
- Cowichan Canine Behaviour and Training (Duncan)
- Positive Dog (Nanaimo)