This summer the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. Yes, just 25 years ago, people like John and Katherine Saucier and Milo and Margaret Pearsall sat down in someone’s living room and created NADOI. Since that time, the organization has spread from its nucleus in the southern states to gain membership all over the country, and from several other countries. The state with the most NADOI members is Pennsylvania, with 38. There are five states with no NADOI members at all: North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Louisiana and Rhode island (aren’t there any obedience classes out that way?). But we do have members in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, North Korea, South Africa, East Malaysia, and West Germany.
Yes, our organization has grown quite a bit in twenty-five years, but its objective has remained the same: to promote quality instruction of dog obedience classes. NADOI still has an annual workshop which is free for the benefit of its membership. NADOI still has a national publication NADOI News, which is also free to its members. And in that publication, the CODE OF ETHICS is still printed on the inside page of every issue, with the reminder to “read and sign it regularly – practice it always!” This is what it says:
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 that 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 keep the best interest of the dog, the handler and the fancy in mind.
I will work towards uniform and improved methods of instruction for all breeds of dogs. At all times in my association with people and my work with dogs will I conduct myself in a sportsmanlike manner, neither boasting if I win in the show ring, nor showing rancor toward my dog or toward the judge, should I lose. At no time shall I display evil temper, either in the ring or while instructing.
When handling my own or another’s dog, either in the show ring or when instructing, never will I conduct myself in such a manner that it will bring discredit to this Association or the fancy.
I will work to train others as competent instructors for dog obedience training classes, and toward this end will always freely exchange ideas, methods and techniques in connection with dog obedience instruction.
In this, our anniversary year, NADOI has decided to award a member with honorary “Life Membership.” The member(s) chosen at our national meeting to receive this award are John Saucier (NADOI member #1) and Katherine Saucier (NADOI member #5), of Birmingham, Alabama. NADOI would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sauciers for all the work they put into the Association, into instructing, and into the sport of dog obedience over the past twenty-five years. Without people like the Sauciers, we may never have had a National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors.
Happy 25th Anniversary, NADOI!
©1990 Lonnie Morgan (Olson)