Alberta Force Free Alliance

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Criteria For Joining

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE ALBERTA FORCE FREE ALLIANCE (AFFA)?

VETERINARIANS/GROOMERS
Your veterarians and staff are educated in a force free and non-fear inducing handling course from:
  • Dr. Sophia Yin's Low Stress Handling course or individual DVD completion (see Education page)
  • or other comparable programs as approved by the AFFA.

You do not sell aversive devices such as air correctors, vibration, prong or shock collars, shock mats or any devices which emit citronella or ultra sonic or high pitched sounds or shock to deter behaviours. 
You and your staff do not recommend aversive or dominance based training or trainers to your clients                                                                                                                             
BEHAVIOUR CONSULTANTS/TRAINERS
You and your staff will have completed a science based course/testing from:  ADBC/CBPT-KA (Knowledge Assessed) or SA (Skills Assessed). K9 Misfits (CBTMP), CPDT-KA, CBCCKA, Karen Pryor Academy, Jean Donaldson Academy or other equivalent programs as approved by the AFFA. In some cases, trainers who are unkown to the AFFA may be required to complete the AFFA's 1/2 seminar "Why Force Free?" prior to final approval.
You do not force the dog into learning by pushing, scruffing, flooding, yanking or anything that causes the dog to learn by being uncomfortable.
You do not sell or recommend or use aversive devices such as air correctors, vibration, prong or shock collars, shock mats or any devices which emit citronella or ultra sonic or high pitched sounds or shock to deter or teach behaviours.
Devices such as the haltis or martingales are taught properly so as to be fitted humanely and create a positive relationship with the equipment.

RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS
You and your volunteers/fosters will have completed a half day science based  seminar from:
K9 Misfits, Soul2Soul Dog Training, Diamond in the Ruff or equivalent as approved by the AFFA.
If the rescue learns that aversive or dominance based methods are used in a foster or adoptive home, the rescue will immediately investigate and gently counsel and remind the foster/adoptive home that the rescue only supports force free humane approaches with dogs, recommend the assistance of a force free trainer or behaviour consultant and remind them that insistance on using aversives may result in the dog being pulled from the home.
You do not use or sell aversive devices such as air correctors, vibration, prong or shock collars, shock mats or any devices which emit citronella or ultra sonic or high pitched sounds or shock to deter or teach behaviours.
You do not recommend the use of trainers and behaviour specialists that use aversive or dominance based training methods.

RETAIL
You and your staff/volunteers have a good understanding of how dogs learn (science based).
You do not sell or recommend or use aversive devices such as air correctors, vibration, prong , remote or shock collars, shock mats or any devices which emit citronella or ultra sonic or high pitched sounds or shock to deter behaviours.
Devices such as the head halter (Haltis), harnesses, muzzles or martingales are sold with instructions for proper fitting so as to create a positive relationship with the equipment.
You do not recommend companies that support methods of training that will adhere to aversive or dominance based training or handling of dogs including boarding and grooming.

DAYCARE/BOARDING/DOG WALKERS
You and your staff will have completed a half day science based seminar from:
K9 Misfits, Soul2Soul Dog Training, Diamond in the Ruff or equivalent as approved by the AFFA.
All staff are instructed on the use of force and fear free handling of dogs and pledge to their use
Use of spray bottles and loud sounds such as cans of pennies or air horns are not to be a "first" go to means of dealing with dogs. Redirection and positive attention getting should always be applied first.
You only use force and emergency techniques when required.
Dogs are NEVER to be punished aversively for unwanted behaviour.
You do not use or sell aversive devices such as air correctors, vibration, prong or shock collars, shock mats or any devices with ultra sonic or high pitched sounds or shock to deter or teach behaviours.