Membership offers exchange of ideas, support and advice but not for the promotion of any one method to the exclusion of all else (so long as it is in accordance with the gentle ethic of INTODogs). Our members have high ethical standards with the welfare of the dog central to the work and keep abreast continually with new regulations and teachings.
How we began
The industry used to be very much driven by dominance model, punishment led training. Many professionals started to see that this was the wrong approach and in 2007 INTODogs was formed as a non profit-making Association for Dog Trainers/Behaviourists who held modern, humane views. It was the first organisation of its kind for purely science led, force free professionals, something which we are very proud of.
Through experience we have found that different forms of training using gentle motivational methods and complimentary therapies can also help us to build up a responsive and mutually respectful relationship with our dogs. When teaching people how to interact, train and help their dogs live in our world, the methods used will all be kind and gentle .Your dog will never be forced into a situation he/she is not ready to handle and will never be subjected to shock collars or any other harsh training techniques by anyone you find on our list of members.
We will continue to educate ourselves and our members to achieve the highest standards of knowledge, so that we are able to pass this on to our clients. We will always put the needs of the dog squarely at the centre of everything we do. We will always support the needs of the dogs care givers. Veterinary personnel know that all INTODogs members are happy to work closely with the referring practice, giving them the confidence they require to recommend our members to offer help to their clients.
The INTODogs Committee
Denise O’Moore (Chair), Lisa Hird (Vice Chair & Education and Career Development Officer), Freya Locke (Membership Secretary), Susie O'Dea (Communications Officer), Tony Richens-Smith (Web Development Officer), Andrew Hale (Trustee), Dale McLelland (Trustee), Theo Stewart (Trustee & Treasurer),
“INTODogs is an excellent organization to be involved with. All of the members are dedicated to using only positive, compassionate methods in their work with dogs, and are always up to date on the results of the latest scientific and practical research. INTODogs trainers and behaviourists have a reputation for carefully assessing which methods will be most helpful to each individual owner and dog, and to providing support for as long as it is needed. The Facebook group gives us the opportunity to share our understanding, to discuss specific issues, and to keep each other updated on any new information as it becomes available.”Lisa Tenzin-Dolma Previous Chair of INTOdogs