April 10, 2013

Cruelty to Dogs

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The FCI Commission for Utility Dogs has been informed of individual cases of handlers and trainers using aids forbidden under animal protection legislation in training their dogs. All Commission members explicitly dissociate themselves from and condemn all forms of cruelty to animals and the use of forbidden training aids. Training a dog must never lead to a dog being harmed or suffering cruelty. For years now, training methods have been based on modern behavioural research findings, with a focus being put on positive confirmation.

The FCI Commission for Utility Dogs will without exception pass on all reported incidents to the FCI General Committee. We moreover refer to the trial regulation provisions, under which a violation of animal protection legislation during an event leads to the judge in charge immediately disqualifying the offender.

President of the FCI Commission for Utility Dogs