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.
and engage in the humane treatment and training of
Promote and engage in the responsible
handling, training, breeding, selling, grooming and boarding of
Be able to accurately assess their own
knowledge, experience, and qualifications and work within their professional
Never knowingly falsify or misrepresent
their knowledge, past experiences, or professional
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
Respect the privacy of clients and
hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional
services, unless otherwise agreed upon.
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
expulsion from the association and forfeiture of right and privileges of
Reports of misconduct should be made to:
Robert W. Jervis,
National K-9®, Inc.
221 Morrison Road
Phone: (614) 864-8808
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.
The 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.
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.
The NK9DTA is an organization established with the following
Encouragement of responsible dog ownership - including educating
supporting the need for responsible canine health care, canine training, humane
treatment, and ethical breeding.
awareness of the NK9DTA to support members’ businesses as belonging to a
Establishment and encouragement of
communication between members for the benefit and cooperation of all
Support of members in their business
ventures through business services, representation, continuing education
opportunities, advice, and contacts.
members that will support, assist, and participate in fulfilling the goals of
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