1.Genuine compassion for dogs
2.Demonstrated ongoing commitment to and involvement in rescue
3.Willingness to work exclusively with non-aversive methods while training within this program
*It is our stance, from the outset, that certifications will not be a required part of this program for the following reasons:
•The Spencer Scholarship trainer selection process is focused on training method, as many methods are unsuitable and prone to causing secondary issues, such as aggression in dogs that can lead to euthanasia. This is in opposition of our goals.
•Certification does not guarantee non-aversive training methods.
•Although there are many types of certifications and training programs, including national organizations and local training clubs, many are relatively new (<10 years) and/or unknown.
•Dog training has traditionally been mentor-based, and many highly qualified trainers are not certified.
•There is no professional licensure required to be a dog trainer.
•We wish to prevent bias against lower-income trainers.
•We recognize that education is not synonymous with certification. Many highly educated and respected trainers do not go on to get certification.
Because the following tools or techniques come with a high risk of misuse, abuse, or malfunction, they are not to be used by participating trainers: choke chains, pinch collars, shock equipment, alpha rolls and other forms of pushing, unnecessary restraint, punishing and/or intimidation or domination, flooding, hanging, kicking, or hitting of any kind, or any tool or technique that is designed to be aversive and/or causes the dog intimidation, distrust, stress, anxiety, fear, or pain.
I certify that the answers provided above reflect an honest description of my training methods and philosophy and that I will abide by the conditions of the Code of Conduct. I understand that, if I am approved to train through the Spencer Scholarship program, I will be retained by Dogs of a Good Society. I will provide a write up of each visit in a timely fashion that details my observations as well as my recommendations to Dogs of a Good Society, who will forward my assessment to the rescue.
I further indicate that I will be presenting myself as a representative of Dogs of a Good Society and the Spencer Scholarship, and in that capacity, I will neither market additional services nor my business to the rescue during training sessions.
By submitting this application and signing it, I confirm that I have a genuine compassion for dogs and, when training dogs within the Spencer Scholarship program, my affiliates who are employed through my organization and I commit to use force-free training, practices, and methods that comply with the Code of Conduct. I, along with representatives of my organization, will use no shock, pain, choke, fear, physical force or molding, or compulsion-based methods to train dogs through the Spencer Scholarship program and understand that failure to comply with this code will result in me and my affiliates being removed as trainers on this list for a minimum of one (1) year.
I also understand that both D.O.G.S. and I, along with my affiliates, reserve the right to withdraw from this partnership at anytime with written notice.
All trainers working through the Spencer Scholarship program have made a commitment to working exclusively with positive methods, meaning they will not use any tool or technique that is designed to be aversive and/or cause the dog intimidation, distrust, stress, anxiety, fear, or pain . They are experienced trainers who are knowledgeable about current training techniques and have a demonstrated commitment to working with rescues.
Members of D.O.G.S. will review applications for training and will rotate evenly between trainers in the nearest region to where the foster/rescue resides. In the event that a rescue requests a specific trainer, that trainer will forfeit it’s next turn in the rotation. When a trainer serves multiple areas, that trainer forfeit his/her place in the rotation until his/her next scheduled turn. Only when there are no other trainers available will D.O.G.S. go out of rotation, and when that happens, D.O.G.S. will inform the core group so they can attempt to find trainers for that reason.
For private sessions, trainers will be compensated $75 per hour of training and .75 per mile over 25 miles one-way, to be paid directly through D.O.G.S. after the trainer submits an invoice to them. Initially, all approved recipients of the Spencer Scholarship will be eligible for up to 2 hours of private training, with the potential for additional hours based on review of the core group with input from the advisory group. At this time, there will be no group classes offered through this program.