Wonder Dog University Guarantees a Commitment to:
As Professional Members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), C.C. and the Wonder Dog University Team pledged to abide by these organizations' ethics statements, which include:
“Because of the variables in dog breeding and temperament and owner commitment and experience, a trainer cannot and should not guarantee the results of his or her training. Be wary of any trainer who gives you such a guarantee.” APDT
“A professional force-free dog trainer will not guarantee their training results. There are too many variables involved and a professional dog trainer cannot control these.” PPG
"Trainers/behavior consultants refrain from providing guarantees regarding the specific outcome
of training and behavior plans." CCPDT
APDT complete Code of Ethics
PPG complete Professional Ethics Statement
CCPDT Ten Questions to Ask Your Dog Training Professional - Before You Hire Them!
Should Dog Trainers Offer Guarantees?
Please beware of any trainers who guarantee their training results.
WDU hears countless stories from clients who lament having contracted under this guise and then come to us for training and, often, help repairing the fallout of methods used by such trainers.
Behavior is fluid and ever changing, and your dog is not a furry car or computer that can be repaired with the turn of a wrench or replacement part. Success in training or behavior modification relies on a multitude of factors, some of which can be controlled by the trainer but most of which cannot.
Guarantees are for mechanical parts. We live in a society which loves guarantees and quick results.
That's great! However, training encompasses many moving parts. Working with dogs and humans, behavior cannot be guaranteed. It is simply illogical and unethical to guarantee this.
Trainers who understand behavior, and have skills to train effectively, do not offer guaranteed results.
Life is not on remote control, and regardless of how much time and practice you have applied or how slick your training skills, your dog is not a robot. For example, your dog may have a rock solid Down Stay and you can expect her to stay in that down when asked most any day of the week. However, someday, she may be simply too intensely distracted or not her usual sharp self. Circumstances in behavior are constantly changing with dogs, just like with us.
Understanding this is a first step to a successful training journey.