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The International Canine Behaviourists (ICB) Code of Ethics and Conduct sets forth the principles and ethical standards that underpin the professional conduct of all our members. This code is designed to ensure the highest levels of professionalism, responsibility, and integrity in the field of canine behaviour. Adherence to these standards is mandatory for all members, fostering trust, respect, and credibility within our community and with the public.

 1.  Professional Excellence and Integrity

  • Members shall continually strive to enhance their professional knowledge and skills to provide the highest quality of service.

  • Members shall conduct all professional activities with integrity, honesty, and transparency, avoiding any actions that would bring discredit to the canine behaviour profession or the ICB.

 2.  Welfare of Dogs

  • The welfare of dogs shall be paramount. Members shall always use humane, evidence-based approaches in their practices and advocate for the physical and psychological wellbeing of dogs.

  • Members shall oppose and not engage in any form of inhumane treatment or training methods that cause physical harm, fear, or psychological distress to dogs.

 3.  Respect for People

  • Members shall treat all clients, colleagues, and other professionals with respect, fairness, and understanding.

  • Members shall respect the confidentiality of client information, disclosing such information only with the client's consent or when legally obliged.

 4.  Evidence-Based Practices

  • Members commit to using and promoting training and behaviour modification practices that are supported by current scientific research.

  • Members shall engage in continuous learning to stay abreast of developments and best practices in canine behaviour and training.

 5.  Professional Conduct

  • Members shall maintain professionalism in all interactions and communications, including online and social media platforms.

  • Members shall not misrepresent their qualifications, affiliations, or experiences and shall accurately represent their competencies and limitations.

 6.  Collaboration & Community

  • Members are encouraged to work collaboratively with other professionals, respecting different roles and perspectives in the field of canine welfare.

  • Members shall contribute to the growth and development of the canine behaviourist community, sharing knowledge and supporting peers in their professional development.

7.  Ethical Decision-Making

Members facing ethical dilemmas are encouraged to consult with peers or seek guidance from the ICB to navigate complex situations responsibly. The ICB is committed to providing support and resources to assist members in upholding these ethical standards.

8.  Compliance

Adherence to this Code of Conduct and Ethics is a condition of membership in the ICB. Allegations of breaches will be taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action, including suspension or termination of membership. The process for handling complaints will be fair, transparent, and respect the rights of all parties involved.

9.  Commitment to Excellence

By adhering to this Code of Conduct and Ethics, ICB members demonstrate their commitment to excellence, integrity, and the advancement of the canine behaviour profession. Together, we foster a culture of respect, collaboration, and continuous improvement, ensuring the welfare of dogs and the communities we serve.

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