KCAI Scheme Updates Code Of Practice To Support Kennel Club’s Campaign Against Electric Shock Collars

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI) has officially changed the wording of its Code of Practice to include a ban on using electric shock collars or other aversive methods to ensure the safety of dogs across the UK. 

The Kennel Club is currently lobbying for a ban on the use of electric shock collars and the campaign has been met with overwhelming public support.  It is clear that nothing affects a dog's life and wellbeing as much as positive training, and the KCAI Scheme's aim is to set and raise standards in dog training and canine care across the UK and abroad. 

The scheme offers those who work with dogs the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification, and gives a safeguard for the public by working under a clear code of practice.

The KCAI Code of Practice now states that all members working under the scheme must promote and use suitable and motivational methods consistent with principles of kindness, fairness and good welfare, not use electric shock collars or similarly coercive electric equipment and be able to advise on the choice, maintenance, safe and humane use of appropriate training equipment.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said:  "Electric shock collars fail to address underlying behaviour and can cause further behaviour problems by training a dog to respond out of fear of further punishment rather than a natural willingness to obey.

"The availability of positive training methods far outweighs the need for techniques based on aversion or pain. The KCAI Scheme aims to raise standards in dog training and canine care across the UK and abroad. We are very glad to see that the KCAI support of positive training methods has now been backed up by a specific ban on the use of electric shock collars."

For more information on the Kennel Club's electric shock collar campaign please contact the Kennel Club Press Office on press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk . If you would like more information on the KCAI Scheme please contact Clare Hitchcox on clare.hitchcox@thekennelclub.org.uk

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