ICB code of conduct and ethics
Code of conduct
All members of International Canine Behaviourists (ICB) must agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.
- New affiliate members are only accepted if they can demonstrate that they can meet our strict selection process of reaching the required educational standards together with practical experience as specified in our membership criteria in accordance with the level of membership. We do not compromise or make exceptions to this.
- All members are required to continue with their education and knowledge of canine behaviour through continued professional development.
- All our members pledge to never use methods that will harm a dog’s physical and mental health, whatever the circumstances may be.
- Any complaints must follow our complaints procedure and will be overseen by the ICB compliance officer.
- If it were proved that a member behaved in such a way that could or would harm a dog, the member would be struck off the ICB register for life.
- ICB will never share personal details with any other person(s) or organisation(s) and will comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act.
- Members will be expected to act in a professional manner so as to never bring ICB into disrepute.
A dog’s physical and mental wellbeing is paramount to us. Under no circumstances will ICB members ever use or recommend any of the following:
- Choke chains
- Prong collars
- Electric shock collars or spray collars
- Rattle cans
- Smacking, pinching or kicking
- Intimidation and/or physical force of any sort
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