PPAB offers the only Accredited Training Technician and Professional Canine Trainer certification for professionals who believe there is no place for shock, choke, prong, fear or intimidation in canine training and behavior practices.
PPAB also offers the only psychometrically developed examination for Training & Behavior Consultants who also support these humane and scientific practices
The Pet Professional Accreditation Board is independent of any industry school, trade school, college or credentialing body. Applicants who pass the accreditation requirements earn specific titles which may be used after their names. All accredited professionals must adhere to the organization's Guiding Principles, a collection of professional ethics and non-negotiable business practices. Key to this accreditation program is that credentialed professionals understand force-free to mean, no shock, no choke, no pain, no fear, no physical force, no compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet” It is also the belief that experienced trainers must begin their behavior change programs with the least invasive and least aversive training protocols necessary to change the problematic behavior. Accredited professionals operate within these "Guiding Principles"
To be eligible for accreditation and to maintain an accreditation applicants and certificants must adhere to a strict code of conduct. The understanding of force free is:
No shock, No pain, No choke, No fear, No physical force, No compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.
Definition of Force
Any definition can never be so expansive and explicit that every possible situation is addressed. This is seen everywhere in life and most obviously in the US legal system where very often courts cannot agree on a single interpretation of what terms and definitions mean, including physical force.
Recognizing this we understand, in the context of our guiding principles and as a general framework, physical force to mean “any intentional physical act against a pet that causes psychological or physical pain, harm or damage to the pet.”
Certain equipment is covered above in our Non-Negotiables. Clearly the use of many (most?) harnesses, head halters, collars (non-choking) and leashes would not be considered physical force under this guiding definition if 1) they are used consistent with our guiding principles, 2) they are used as intended and designed and 3) they are not used in a way that is contrary to their design and intent, i.e. not used in a manner which would cause psychological or physical pain, harm or damage.
Section Two Professional Ethics
In support of these Guiding Principles please Listen to a short podcast from PPG President Niki Tudge about our Guiding Principles.
A world where people and pets can live together to their mutual benefit and where pets can live and function free from physical and mental pain, stress and fear as valued family members.
Our mission is to help make every pet a valued member of its family and improve the relationship and the quality of life people share with their pets by:
The Key Values