Jersey has a code of practice for the welfare of dogs during training.
The code is intended to ensure the welfare of animals and to encourage those responsible for looking after these animals to adopt the highest standards of husbandry.
5 basic needs
The code of practice takes account of 5 basic needs, known as the ‘5 Freedoms’. The ‘5 Freedoms’ are:
- freedom from hunger and thirst
- freedom from discomfort
- freedom from pain, injury or disease
- freedom to express normal behaviour
- freedom from fear or distress
The code sets out additional training guidelines including:
- the training methods employed and advised shall be consistent with the '5 Freedoms'
- the use of coercive or punitive techniques and equipment should not be used, including:
- pinch collars
- electric shock collars
- and any other equipment which may cause physical or psychological damage
- the training techniques employed and advised should be:
- reward based
- non-compulsive methods
- assistants must be supervised by an experienced instructor until fully competent
- trainers and instructors should be fully conversant with modern reward based training methods such as those put into practice by recognised organisations such as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Kennel Club
- where possible all instructors should achieve a relevant qualification
Jersey Code of Practice for the welfare of dogs during training