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Position Statement When training or handling animals, the BC SPCA advocates the use of force-free, humane training techniques utilizing evidence-based learning theories which foster trust and build positive human-animal relationships. The BC SPCA is opposed to training methods or devices which employ coercion and force. Aversive, punishment-based techniques may alter behaviour, but the methods fail to address the underlying cause and, in the case of unwanted behaviour, can lead to undue anxiety, fear, distress, pain or injury. spca.bc.ca/programs-services/leaders-in-our-field/position-statements/position-statement-on-animal-training
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
The leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. ccpdt.org
Positive reinforcement training methods for dogs are preferred in dog training and in modifying problems in behaviour. Punishment based techniques can be dangerous for both owners and dogs. Training Brochure [PDF]