CPDT-KA Professional Practices and Ethics

Helicoptering or Hanging a Dog or otherwise restricting the airway of the dog
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Purposely lifting a dog by the collar, leash, or scruff such that two or fewer of the dog’s legs remain on the ground
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Using electric shock collar without first exhausting alternative intervention strategies, including positive reinforcement of alternative behaviors, changes in antecedent stimuli, negative punishment, negative reinforcement, extinction
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Applying more than one shock collar at a time
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Applying shock collar to genital region or abdomen
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Toe or ear pinch as negative reinforcement or positive punishment
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Drowning
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant

Using a cattle prod
Unacceptable practice for use by CCPDT certificant