Force-free trainers

The following trainers feel constrained to train according to our code of conduct. If a trainer transgresses the code of conduct verifiable, the entry will be removed from the list.


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Are you a force-free dog trainer and you’d like to be part of this list?

Please write us an email with the following information through this website’s contact form :

  • your commitment to the code of conduct and position paper
  • postal code/town/city: name of your dog school, full name, telephone, email and website
  • qualifications/title
  • your offer (e.g. training classes)

We shall then contact you. As soon as you’ve been accepted on the list of participating trainers, please feel free to link the following logo to your website.

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Code of conduct of the initiative for force-free dog training


We expect a kind approach to the dog, based on modern learning theory and ‘canine science’.
We do not have to perform as an ‘alpha’ or as a ‘pack leader’. Instead, we have to know how dogs learn and how they express themselves through their body language. Using this knowledge, and with empathy and experience, a good trainer will guide each dog and owner team according to their individual needs.  A trainer is aware that a dog does not learn well when he is intimidated, pressured or made to feel fearful. Furthermore, this treatment can inadvertently lead to negative associations. The trainer will therefore always work in a non-aversive manner i.e. neither intimidating the dog psychologically nor causing him physical pain or discomfort.

The following are explicitly not allowed:

  • lead jerks/lead impulses
  • prodding either with a finger or with a foot/hissing
  • forcing the dog on to his back/turning him over
  • hitting and kicking
  • imitating bites with the hands
  • psychological intimidation (e.g. threatening the dog by bending over him, staring him in the eyes, shouting or growling at him)
  • the use of check-chain collars
  • prong collars
  • working with fright tools, such as rattle-cans and throwing-chains, or by spraying water
  • Spray collars (whether they use air, water, chemicals, or an acoustic stimulus)
  • groin straps
  • everything which frightens the dog or causes pain or discomfort.

Helpful tools

  • food
  • toys
  • friendly body contact (e.g. stroking the dog)
  • voice (motivating, praising)
  • clicker, target
  • food dummy
  • harness
  • lead, long-line

Competent dog trainers…

  • have a professional qualification and educate themselves through continual professional development programmes
  • are acquainted with canine health issues which can cause unwanted behaviour
  • work with vets to exclude possible underlying health issues
  • work with dogs and their owners using praise and rewards
  • build the training on the foundation of shared successes
  • treat people and dogs respectfully