Important Position Statements Related to Animal Welfare & Care in the USA by Leading Organizations

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How we care for and train animals are very important to me. The following organizations; the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), and the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), have all been leaders in taking the position, based on scientific evidence, in declaring the use of pain, force, and fear have no place, at any time, for any reason in the care and training of animals. On this page, you can find links to their position statements on this subject.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

2015 AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelineshttps://www.aaha.org/globalassets/02-guidelines/behavior-management/2015_aaha_canine_and_feline_behavior_management_guidelines_final.pdf

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)

Position Statement on Humane Dog Traininghttps://avsab.ftlbcdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AVSAB-Humane-Dog-Training-Position-Statement-2021.pdf

Position Statement on Positive Veterinary Carehttps://avsab.ftlbcdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Positive-Veterinary-Care-Position-Statement-download.pdf

Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modifications of Animalshttps://avsab.ftlbcdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Dominance_Position_Statement-download.pdf

Position Statement on Puppy Socializationhttps://avsab.ftlbcdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Puppy-Socialization-Position-Statement-FINAL.pdf

Position Statement on How to Choose a Trainerhttps://avsab.ftlbcdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/How-to-Choose-a-Trainer-Position-Statement.pdf

Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislationhttps://avsab.ftlbcdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Breed-Specific_Legislation_Position_Statement-FINAL.pdf

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

The Use of Shock in Animal Traininghttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/shockcollars

The Importance of Puppy Socializationhttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/PuppySocializationPositionStatement

Dominance Theory in Animal Traininghttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/DominanceTheoryPositionStatement

The Use of Choke and Prong Collarshttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/chokeandprongcollarpositionstatement

The Reality of TV Dog Traininghttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Realitydogtrainingpositionstatement

The Use of Pet Correction Deviceshttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Equipment-Used-for-the-Management-Training-and-Care-of-Pets

Pet Industry Education Mandatehttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/PPGs-Pet-Industry-Education-Mandate

Statement on Cat Declawinghttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Statement-on-Cat-Declawing

Breed Specific Legislationhttps://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Breed-Specific-Legislation

 

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