Code of Ethics
Members of the National K-9 Dog
Trainers Association should maintain high professional standards and ethical
business practices. All members of
the NK9DTA have successfully completed a course at the National K-9 School for
Dog Trainers and in doing so they have received professional certification that
allows them to use the title Certified Professional Trainer and to become a
member of the NK9DTA. Members should:
Comply fully with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining
with the welfare of animals.
Promote and engage in the humane treatment and training of dogs.
Promote and engage in the responsible handling, training, breeding, selling,
grooming and boarding of dogs.
Be able to accurately assess their own knowledge, experience, and
qualifications and work within their professional limits.
Never knowingly falsify or misrepresent their knowledge, past experiences, or
Continue their own professional development and education through independent
study of dogs, attendance of conferences/workshops/seminars; review of relevant
material; and pursuing any other applicable educational opportunities.
Respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained
in the course of professional services, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Promote and engage in the sharing of ideas that enhance the quality of the
relationship between dogs and people.
Be respectful of other members, colleagues, and other professionals and not
falsely condemn the character of their professional acts.
Failure to uphold the NK9DTA code of
ethics may result in immediate expulsion from the association and forfeiture of
right and privileges of membership.
Reports of misconduct should be made to:
W. Jervis, President
221 Morrison Road
Columbus, Ohio 43213
Fax: (614) 864-8809
The NK9DTA and The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers
encourage the free exchange of ideas and opinions. However, the opinions,
positions, and practices of NK9DTA members do not necessarily represent the
opinions, positions, or practices of the NK9DTA as a whole, other NK9DTA
members, or National K-9®, Inc. or its School for Dog Trainers.
National K-9 Dog Trainers Association (NK9DTA) is a professional organization
formed to promote and maintain the highest ethical and business standards in
the care and training of dogs and their owners.
The NK9DTA’s mission
is to provide support, continuing education opportunities, communication
amongst members, and representation for all members in good standing.
members of the NK9DTA have successfully completed a course at the National K-9
School for Dog Trainers and in doing so they have received professional
certification that allows them to use the title Certified Professional Trainer
and to become a member of the NK9DTA.
NK9DTA is an organization established with the following purposes:
Encouragement of responsible dog ownership - including educating and
supporting the need for responsible canine health care, canine training, humane
treatment, and ethical breeding.
Promoting awareness of the NK9DTA to support members’ businesses as belonging
to a recognized professional association.
Establishment and encouragement of communication between members for the
benefit and cooperation of all members.
Support of members in their business ventures through business services,
representation, continuing education opportunities, advice, and contacts.
Active members that will support, assist, and participate in fulfilling the
goals of the NK9DTA.
The Association will maintain offices at 221 Morrison
Road, Columbus, Ohio 43213. The
NK9DTA is an entity separate and distinct from the National K-9® Learning
Center and School for Dog Trainers.
The opinions, positions, and practices of individual NK9DTA members do not
necessarily represent the opinions, positions, or practices of the NK9DTA as a
whole, other NK9DTA members, or National K-9®, Inc. or its School for Dog