HotDog Training Code Of Ethics

HotDog Training and all associates of Who Let the Dogs Out abide by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers' Code of Ethics:-


To train dogs professionally with honesty, integrity and in the best interest of the dog and the owner


To actively provide and promote force-free training methods and actively reject any methods or equipment that may cause physical or mentaldiscomfort.


To respect the privacy and confidentiality of clients.


To carry suitable professional insurance including public liability.


To provide and promote science based, proven dog training principles to a high, professional standard.


To proactively benefit dogs and dog owners


To recognise and respect the views of handlers, whether adults or young people, and to promote positive training as a tool to enhance the bond between handlers and their dogs


To promote awareness, particularly among children and young people, of the risks associated with interactions with dogs and to encourage safe and responsible behaviour around dogs



HotDog Training accident prevention policy and plan

This policy applies to all staff, volunteers and sessional workers, students or anyone working on behalf of HotDog Training.


The purpose of this policy:

As far as possible, to remove hazards in our working environment that could cause serious injury to children, young people or adults using our services or accessing the training venue, or to our staff or volunteers;

Where such hazards cannot be removed, to put in place procedures and processes that protect children and adults from potential harm caused by hazards;

We take a balanced and proportionate approach to accident prevention, so that staff and volunteers can do their work effectively, and so that handlers, including children and young people, can gain awareness of the risks inherent in interactions with dogs and take responsibility for the safe handling of their own dog.

As an organisation, we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we approach accident prevention.

We recognise that:

  • The safety of the adults and children who come into contact with our services is paramount and should govern our approach to accident prevention;
  • Children and adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from serious injury;
  • Our approach needs to take account of children’s differing needs and abilities
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and carers is essential in promoting the welfare of young people and their dogs and in helping young people and adults to be responsible in their approach to accident prevention;
  • We cannot and should not try to create a completely risk-free environment, as this would prevent us from being able to carry out any meaningful work with children and young people and their dogs and would not be in their best interests; our emphasis is therefore on preventing serious or avoidable accidents and on managing risk appropriately.

We will seek to prevent serious and avoidable accidents by:

  • ensuring that we are aware of and fulfil our responsibilities under health and safety and fire safety legislation;
  • ensure appropriate training in, or raising awareness of, accident prevention and health and safety for all staff and volunteers.
  • appointing a health and safety officer who is responsible for attending to our legal responsibilities in this area and to accident prevention measures;
  • using our accident prevention plan to help us assess, monitor and review risks, both on and off the premises, and to take appropriate action to eliminate or manage hazards in a timely and organised fashion;
  • informing staff, volunteers, parents, carers and young people of their responsibilities to keep themselves safe, and making sure that they understand these and all relevant accident prevention procedures;
  • making sure that any equipment we use is safe and stored appropriately, and that staff, volunteers and, where appropriate, young people are trained in how to use it safely;
  • ensuring that we are aware of any allergies, health or developmental issues that could increase the vulnerability of individual children and adults;
  • We will keep records of our risk assessments and reviews;
  • We will maintain our records on children’s and adults’ medical needs, allergies etc at least annually;
  • We will check our records of contact details for parents, carers and emergency health
  • We will be familiar with the fire procedures within the venues in which we work and will familiarise participants of fire alarm procedures
  • We will maintain an accident book and take action to prevent similar accidents in the future, as far as possible;
  • We will review our insurance arrangements on an annual basis.

This policy was last reviewed on: January 2016