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Training methods and ethics

Pawsitive Squad CIC is committed to provide ethical dog training with a strong focus on welfare friendly, evidence based practices. 

Training methods and techniques

We use game centred activities, some of which we have learnt through the Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer program & training academy and many of which we have developed ourselves or learnt from other force free dog trainers to ensure our dogs learn their role as therapy or assistance dogs without fear, discomfort or pain. More than the aversive techniques and equipment we proactively work to ensure our training is fun and engaging for the dogs so they actively want to work. 

Assistive tasks not used for welfare reasons

While we appreciate these tasks can be beneficial to their handlers, we feel the following tasks can compromise the health, safety and wellbeing of assistance dogs and therefore we do not train any of the following:

  • Tethering - where the dog is tied/clipped or in other ways attached without means of release to a disabled person to prevent running off or eloping. 
  •  Mobility bracing tasks - it's contrary to our welfare standards for people to be bracing against or in other ways putting their weight onto a dog. 
  • Guiding work in ridged harness

Prohibited equipment and techniques

Due to health, safety or welfare, the following equipment & handler behaviour is not permitted:

  • Choke chains
  • Prong collars
  • Head collars**
  • Shock devices
  • Harness which tightens when the dog is pulling (such as the Halti non-pull harness)
  • Extendable leads 
  • Cord leads or collars
  • Pinning
  • Hitting 
  • Lead yanks (most common issue we see)
  • Raw or unpasteurised meat or milk treats (E.coli & Salmonella risk)
  • Spray cans, pet corrector, training disks etc.
  • Behaviour or equipment designed to control your dogs behaviour through fear , pain or discomfort. 

**We do have some dogs who were initially trained in head collars who continue to work in them however since 2020, in response to research conducted at Nottingham Trent University & Myerscough College (Carter et al. 2020) suggesting the aversive impact head collars can have on dogs we do have prohibited the use of these for new clients since this time.

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