Preliminary Application Form By NADOI NADOI Preliminary Membership Application NADOI Preliminary Membership Application Save my progress and resume later | Resume a previously saved form Resume Later In order to be able to resume this form later, please enter your email and choose a password. Your Email: A Password: Confirm Password: Agreement DISCLAIMER: Since our applications do not ask for any sensitive personally-identifiable information, we offer electronic submission for your convenience. However, please recognize that form submissions are not considered secure or private. Privacy Notice: All information collected will be used ONLY for NADOI application processing. We never share your information with any 3rd party. Please also read the following official NADOI documents before beginning your application: Code of Ethics, Standards of Conduct, and Position Statements. NADOI CODE OF ETHICS Preamble The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc. was founded to elevate the standards of dog obedience instructing. Mutually to aid both dog and human in the solution of the many problems of the profession and to designate certain members as having attained certain skills and knowledge. Acknowledging these facts, the members are pledged to maintain a high level of trust and integrity in the practice of their skill. This Code of Ethics should not be recognized in passive observance, but as a set of dynamic principles guiding the members’ conduct and way of life in obedience instructing. It is the instructor’s duty to practice this profession according to this Code of Ethics. As a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DOG OBEDIENCE INSTRUCTORS, INC, I shall remember that to my community and all with whom I come in contact in dog obedience work, I typify dog obedience. It is my duty to keep the ideal high. I will always strive to better the understanding of dog obedience, proving it a work and profession worthy of respect and admiration. Always will I advocate training by such methods that will serve the best interests of the dog and the owner. I will work towards improved methods of instruction for all breeds of dogs. At all times in my association with people and in my work with dogs will I conduct myself in a professional manner. I will never conduct myself in such a manner that will bring discredit to this Association or to the profession. I will work to train persons as competent instructors for dog obedience training and toward this end will always freely exchange ideas, methods, and techniques in connection with dog obedience instruction. I will not publicly criticize other instructors or their training methods. This includes expressly or implicitly criticizing other trainers in my advertising or promotional material. NADOI STANDARDS OF CONDUCT These guidelines are meant to be helpful. They are not meant to encroach upon the discretion of an individual except to the extent that his methods are consistent with the Code of Ethics. Our function as instructors is to guide the student in our classes with the methods, techniques, and understanding to accomplish his goal. It is understood that: Those approved for membership will retain a constant interest in self-improvement by keeping an open mind to new ideas. NADOI is a certifying organization. Its members may inform the public of their membership, but may not advertise themselves, their classes, or clinics as being “sponsored” by NADOI. Members are required to be willing to share knowledge and experience with other members and assist in the development of potential instructors. Members will endeavor to impart helpful information of the betterment of dog ownership. Members will support the goals of the Association in word and in action. Members are required to consider themselves as professionals in their fields and conduct themselves accordingly, with tact and with courtesy, in both speech and appearance. Members will bear in mind that the problem that brought the owner and his dog to them is of primary importance, and will direct their efforts to its solution using methods appropriate to each case. Members will make every effort to familiarize themselves with breed characteristics and trainability for the needs of the owner. Members should be willing to demonstrate with an owner’s dog. Members should also be willing to get help from others for those problems for which they have no immediate solution. Members will use and promote humane methods of training. Members should always consider the public image of obedience training, and remember that they are representative of the sport of obedience and the business of dog training and education of dog owners. Members will keep the desired goal in mind, which is a dog that enjoys the training, a willing worker, and is responsive and obedient to the owner. Approved by the NADOI Board of Directors 2012 POSITION STATEMENTS Regarding American Humane Association’s Guide To Humane Dog Training and the Delta Society’s Professional Standards for Dog Trainers: The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc. (NADOI) was founded in 1965 to elevate the standards of the dog instructing profession, to aid both dog and human in the solution of the many problems associated with dog ownership, and to endorse competent instructors as having attained the skills and knowledge necessary to serve those ends. Because both dog training and dog obedience instructing are an art as much as science, the skilled instructor must be able to make judgments and adjustments based on the needs of each individual student/dog team. To constrain the instructor by forbidding the use of specific tools and techniques because they might be misused by a minority is to make his or her job that much more difficult, and may cause delay or even failure in training the dog. For this reason, NADOI endorses neither equipment nor training methods and does not support any guidelines or standards which limit or prohibit the use of specific equipment or training methods. NADOI is strongly opposed to cruel or unnecessarily harsh training methods. It is, however, the position of NADOI that the humaneness of equipment and training methods is dependent upon the skill and knowledge of individual trainers and that limitation or restriction regarding the use of certain equipment or training methods is detrimental to the purpose of and goal of NADOI. Therefore, NADOI does not endorse or support the American Humane Association’s Guide to Humane Dog Training. Omissions and inconsistencies in the Delta Society’s Professional Standards for Dog Trainers result in limitations of or bias toward the use of certain equipment or training methods. Therefore, NADOI does not endorse or support the Delta Society’s Professional Standards for Dog Trainers. Regarding breed-specific legislation: The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc. (NADOI) strongly opposes breed specific legislation which targets or discriminates against certain dogs based only on their breed or appearance. Such laws are unfair because they assume that a dog may be dangerous simply because of breed. In fact, it is almost always the behavior of the owners of these dogs which makes them a danger to others. Since 1965, NADOI has worked to help people train their dogs to be well behaved. Also, NADOI educates dog owners about their responsibility not only to their dogs but to their communities. Ordinances against dangerous dogs, unattended and loose dogs, nuisance barking, and other objectionable dog behaviors should be enacted and aggressively enforced. These laws, unlike breed specific laws, force all dog owners to be responsible for the behavior of their dogs. Regarding mandatory spay/neuter legislation: NADOI opposes mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) legislation. The stated intent of such legislation is to reduce the number of dogs in shelters and euthanized. However, the volume of animals in shelters and euthanized has been dropping for decades. MSN has not proven effective in places where it has been tried. Spaying and castrating are surgical procedures with risks and drawbacks. The decision to sterilize a dog should rest with the owner in consultation with his/her veterinarian. Education, dog training, the availability of low-cost spay/neuter clinics, and enforcement of leash laws are the most effective ways to reduce shelter populations. By checking this box, I acknowledge I have read the above Disclaimer and documents and I agree to support NADOI’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Conduct, and Position Statements. I want to continue with electronic submission of this form Yes Section 1 NADOI offers two entry-level categories of membership, Certified (full membership) and Provisional (limited membership). Provisional members may not vote, nor may they hold office, but they receive all the publications and other benefits of membership. If you are granted Provisional membership, you will have three years in which to meet the Certified membership requirements. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Eligibility Requirements Certified An applicant for Certified Membership must have a minimum of 5 years experience in dog obedience training and at least 2 years as full-charge instructor. Group applicants must have a minimum of 104 hours as full-charge instructor and have worked with a minimum of 100 dog/handler teams. Private applicants must have a minimum of 288 hours instructing and have worked with a minimum of 100 dog/handler teams. All hours for teaching pet manners and/or competition obedience training may be used to calculate eligibility. Provisional To be eligible for Provisional membership, an applicant must have a minimum of 2 years experience in dog obedience training and some experience as an instructor. Provisional Membership is limited to three (3) years. Within that three year period, and no later than three (3) years after acceptance as a Provisional Member, the provisional member is expected to apply for full certification by NADOI. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS – Please read entirely before beginning application! Answer all questions completely in your own words. NADOI Examiners want to know how you teach your students to train their dogs. Be specific in describing what you tell your students to do to train their dogs. We suggest you review this example on how to be specific in answering a question: How To Make Toast Some questions will ask for detail. Be sure to answer these questions as though you were explaining to a student. NADOI examiners are looking for step-by-step methodology rather than general descriptions. Failure to go into enough detail about techniques and methods may cause your application to be rejected. Failure to describe steps from introduction to reliable response where indicated, may cause your application to be rejected. ‘Reliable response’ means that the dog responds to commands without bribes or extra leash or voice cues. Any response of ‘not applicable’ should be explained as to why it is non-applicable. Unless specifically stated in the question, copies of handouts or homework sheets will not be accepted as the complete answer for any of the questions. However, if you have handouts for students on a given subject, you may submit them as supporting information IN ADDITION to your responses, not in place of your responses. The author of all handouts must be listed on the handout. This questionnaire is geared toward the practical application of your knowledge. If you teach strictly competition obedience, you will need to approach your answers from the standpoint of either how you would apply competition obedience to real-life situations, or how you would handle the situation as asked. General Information First Name Last Name Year of Birth Email Home Phone Country Address City State ZIP Occupation Website URL Dog Business Name Business Phone Cell Phone Application Information Membership Applying For Please select…CertifiedProvisional Year you began training dogs Year you began teaching private lessons Year you began teaching group classes Approximately how many dogs go through your courses per year Hobbies / Interests 200 character limit Tell us how you found out about NADOI Please select…Another MemberInternet SearchPublicationOther Please specify: Page 2 – Questions Note: Please do not use your browser Back button while filling out this form, or you may lose your data. Use the Next / Previous buttons on each page or the page numbers to navigate. Question 1 Check all of the following types of dog training you have done: Basic ObedienceCompetition ObedienceSchutzhundAgilityBarn HuntCarting or Draft DogConformationDisc DogDock-DivingEarthdogFlyballHunting or Retriever Field TrainingNose WorkRallyService DogTricksWeight PullingOther Please specify Question 2 How did you get your instructing experience? Were you an assistant or apprentice? Yes I wasNo I was not If yes, list the approximate dates, names and contact information for the people or organizations where you assisted or apprenticed. Date(s) Individual / Org. Address Telephone Email Question 3 Where have you taught dog obedience in the last ten years? Include addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Date(s) Individual / Org. Address Telephone Email Question 4 Have you ever been a member of any training schools, breed or obedience clubs, performance event clubs, or professional organizations? If yes, list them. YesNo Date(s) School/Club/Org Address Telephone Email Question 5 Give the names of any NADOI members you have known. Question 6 What is your training philosophy? Question 7 Tell us about the most important influences in developing your philosophy. This may include authors, instructors, seminars, videos, mentors, etc. Question 8 Tell us about three situations when you would refer a client to someone else. 1. 2. 3. Question 9 How old do students need to be to take a dog to your class? What age for a private lesson? Question 10 List all the collars, leashes and other training tools you recommend. Indicate if you would recommend the tool for a beginner student. Also indicate how often you recommend or use each tool. Collar/Leash/Tool Suggest for beginner student? Use frequency? YesNo Please select…OftenSometimesRarely Click here for essay question help. Question 11 Tell us what you would say to your students to teach Come When Called. Start with the first lesson and include all additional lessons until the dog will reliably respond to the command. Make sure your answer is detailed enough that a student could successfully train a dog by following your directions. Include the directions you give to your students if the dog does not come when called. Question 12 What would you tell your students if they were having a puppy constantly biting at hands when physically restrained or petted? How would you tell them to fix the problem? Question 13 Give us a week by week list of the curriculum for your Basic class. We want to see what you teach each week. Question 14 What percentage of your students drop out before completing at least 3/4 of the course? Question 15 What do you believe are the most common reasons students drop out? Question 16 It is the first night of class. A large dog, about 2 years old, is constantly pulling on the leash and lunging at any dog that comes close. The owner is having trouble controlling the dog. He cannot keep the dog’s attention long enough to complete even the simplest task. Tell us what you would do if this situation happened in your basic training class. What would you do when the problem happened in class? What follow-up advice would you give? Question 17 How much time do you spend with the client in the average private lesson? How many lessons do you recommend? How do you reach this decision? Question 18 Approximately what percentage of your clients complete enough instruction to meet their training needs? What do you believe are the most common causes of clients quitting training prior to reaching their training goals? Question 19 A single mother and two kids have an English Springer Spaniel. Whenever the dog does not want to do something it goes under a table or chair. It attempts to bite if the mother tries to reach under the table to get the dog. If the kids try to make it do something, it snaps. It has actually bitten the 5 year old boy. Explain in detail how you would handle this situation. Page 3 – Attachments Additional Attachments if Necessary Your application may contain up to 20 MB in attachments. There is no limit on the number of files attached. If necessary, please use this section to attach any additional files that have not been covered by previous questions. Page 4 – Submit Application PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY I understand that this application will not be considered unless it is accompanied by the non-refundable $35.00 processing fee. I affirm that I have read and understand the NADOI Code of Ethics, NADOI Standards of Conduct, and NADOI’s Position Statements, and I understand that my application for NADOI membership and certification constitutes an agreement to abide by these statements. I hereby certify that I have answered all of the questions truthfully. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission will constitute grounds for rejection of this application. If any misrepresentation or material omission is discovered after my acceptance, the matter may be referred to the Ethics Committee for immediate action, which action may include suspension or revocation of membership, or other disciplinary action the Ethics Committee may deem appropriate. Electronic Signature: Type your name in the signature block below. Date NADOI is a network of instructors based on the concept of sharing and free exchange of ideas. Your permission to reprint information submitted in your application, for use ONLY by the NADOI Education and Training Committee, may be indicated by typing “I AGREE” in the box below. If any information is reprinted, appropriate credit will be given. This permission pertains to training responses only and does not include personal information. 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