Professional Standards for Dog Trainers Now Available From Delta Society

Delta Society
Tuesday, 4 September 2001

(Renton, WA - September 4, 2001) - Professional Standards for Dog Trainers: Effective, Humane Principles is an important new book that offers guidelines for the professional dog trainer. It includes information on dog behavior, trainer skills and ethics, tools and equipment, and more and is now available through Delta Society.

A coalition of more than 100 North American dog trainers, certified animal behaviorists, veterinarians and other professionals worked for three years to produce and review this comprehensive guide. Delta Society funded the coalition's work through a grant from The Charles Engelhard Foundation. Certified animal behaviorist Suzanne Hetts, PhD, served as the Project Scientific Director. The San Francisco SPCA endorses the Standards and Ed Sayres, President of the SF SPCA, is quoted as saying that the Standards are "a significant step in the right direction." R.K. Anderson, Director of CENSHARE at the University of Minnesota says the Standards "…will be useful for trainers and consumers."

The Professional Standards will be incorporated in two national Delta Society training programs:

- Service Dog Education System™ (SDES), a curriculum to teach people how to train service dogs, so the dogs can increase the independence of people with disabilities.

- Pet Partners® Program, which teaches and registers volunteer teams to provide animal-assisted activities and therapy to people in healthcare facilities.

Professional Standards for Dog Trainers, printed courtesy of PEDIGREE Food for Dogs, may be viewed in its entirety for free on Delta's web site (, or it can be purchased in book form by visiting Delta's on-line store at or by sending $10 to Delta Society, 289 Perimeter Road East, Renton, WA 98055-1329 or by calling (425) 226-7357. For information on PEDIGREE Food for Dogs, visit

Delta Society, headquartered in Renton, WA, is a non-profit international human service organization whose mission is to improve human health through service and therapy animals. Delta's programs and services include its volunteer Pet Partners® Program, Animal-assisted Activities and Therapy Education System for healthcare professionals, and Service Dog Education System for service dog trainers, with information and education provided to the public by the National Service Dog Center®.

For more information, or to contact Delta Society, see their website at:

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