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Here at Charleston Animal Society, we believe, implement, and support positive reinforcement
training and behavior methods (clicker, verbal marker, treats, and praise). These modern,
humane training and behavior methods are scientifically sound, supported, and founded on
decades of research and scientific studies.
The dog training industry is unregulated and does not require any licensing, so any one can call
him/herself a dog trainer. This is why we have created this handout for our adopters and our
Charleston Animal Society and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) endorses training methods which allow animals to work for things that motivate them rather than techniques that focus on using fear or pain to punish them for undesirable behaviors.
Research shows that dogs do not need to be physically punished to learn how to
behave and there are significant risks associated with using punishment (choke
collars, pinch collars, shock collars).
1. Reward-based training
2. Good teacher
3. Continual education: Does your trainer keep up with latest training techniques?
4. Respectful: avoid trainers who recommend using physical force(alpha roll, choke or pinch collars)
5. Observe a class: Do dogs and people look happy?
6. Do you feel comfortable?
7. There are no guarantees: If your trainer makes a guarantee, think twice.
8. Vaccinations should be required
9. Problem Behaviors: Can your trainer address special issues?
Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT)