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The Business Code Of Ethics

What is the Dog Professionals’ Business Code Of Ethics?

The dog services—including dog training, dog walking, dog daycare, dog boarding, pet sitting, dog grooming, and similar services—comprise a young, largely unregulated industry. Anyone can hang out a shingle and do business as they please, whether or not they have any experience or expertise. As a result, choosing the best dog businesses to care for your dog can be difficult and frustrating.

Here's one thing to factor in when deciding on a dog pro: dogtec invites only educated dog professionals to take the ethics pledge. We know each and every dog pro who displays our seal.

Here’s another: Dog professionals who display the dogtec Business Code of Ethics seal on their site pledge to follow ethical business practices and offer superior customer service.

They pledge to:
  • Make no guarantees about behavior outcomes, as it is considered unethical in our industry to do so and is prohibited by the major professional associations; you simply cannot guarantee the behavior of another living organism. We recommend you carefully review any dog professional who offers such guarantees.

  • Return phone calls and emails in a timely manner, and according to their outgoing messages.

  • Listen to your needs and goals, then recommend the services that best suit you.

  • Care for your dog as though it were their own.

  • Fulfill their service obligations to you, and then go above and beyond when the opportunity presents itself.

  • Pursue continuing education and professional development in their field in order to be the absolute best at what they do.

  • Use only positive, humane methods with all dogs in their care, and to uphold the same standards of interaction with you, their client.

  • Maintain current business license, contracts, insurance and, where applicable, bonding.


Give yourself peace of mind: work with a professional dog service provider. Choose a dog trainer, dog walker, pet sitter, dog daycare, or dog boarding facility who displays the dogtec Business Code Of Ethics seal.

NOTE: dogtec is not responsible for the actions of individual dog professionals. You are responsible for fully vetting anyone you hire.