A Delta Society position statement is a straightforward statement or declaration of Delta Society on a particular animal matter.
Use of aversive equipment in dog training - 26 September 2016
Delta Society Australia Limited and its professional training arm the Delta Institute are in no way associated with the Garmin Delta Electronic Training Systems and does not condone the use of electronic training systems under any circumstance. Delta does not support other aversive or punishment-based equipment e.g. check (choke) chains and prong collars or training methods which are based in punishment of the dog for incorrect responses.
The Society strongle believes dogs benefit from appropriate management and consistent and clear positive reward based training methods. There have been many studies which demonstrated that the use of this type of training achieves effective learning and reduces stress to both the dog and owner.
Delta Institute members follow a Code of Ethics (https://deltainstitute.edu.au/pages/delta-institue-code-of-ethics.html) that is complemented by Best Practice guidelines.
Dog bites are a result of complex human and canine behaviours that are caused by the interaction of many factors. To reduce the incidence of dog bites in Australia, the Delta Society believes a combination of encouraging socially responsible pet ownership, enforcing compliance with pet identification, registration and restraint rules, while educating the whole community including children and adults about safety around dogs - should help reduce the number of dog bites.
Delta Dog Safe™ teaches positive, proactive ways to behave around dogs, to reduce the incidence of dog bites in children. For more information http://www.deltasociety.com.au/pages/delta-dog-safe.html
Responsible Dog Breeding
Delta Society encourages responsible dog breeding where breeders have a thorough understanding of husbandry, temperament, welfare and training of dogs.
Human Animal Bond
Delta Society’s core belief is that the human-animal bond significantly improves the quality of life of both people and pets and leaves a lasting paw print on our hearts. Our organisation believes the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals.
Pets are good for your health
Pets provide owners with both psychological and physiological benefits and the majority are healthier than those without pets. http://www.deltasociety.com.au/pages/why-pet-therapy-.html
Dog Behavioural Issues
Owners of dogs are responsible for the management of their dogs. If a dog causes harm or damage, the legal owner of the dog must take responsibility. Delta Society encourages dog owners to take adequate protection measures to keep both people and their dog safe. We recommend positive reward based dog training methods and if required, referral to a Veterinary Behaviour Specialist.
Animal Control Technologies
Our organisation strongly believes dogs benefit from consistent and clear positive reward based training methods. Delta does not support aversive or punishment-based equipment e.g. check (choke) chains, shock collars (electric) and prong collars.
Dogs and cats in schools or facilities
Delta does not support the use of live in and or staff dogs or cats in schools or facilities.
Delta Society Australia believes the welfare of the animal should be the first consideration and this cannot be optimum in such a program. Dogs can become tired and need time to sleep and/or unwind after visiting so having them remain at the school or facility for the whole day would not constitute good welfare. This would be exacerbated if they were not in the care of their owner/handler at all times.
If the aim is to teach appropriate behaviour around animals we recommend the use of the Delta Dog Safe™ program where a toy dog is used. If the aim is to achieve the calming effect of a dog in the classroom we recommend visits by suitably accredited dogs from our Delta Therapy Dogs and Delta Classroom Canines™ programs with an initial Delta Dog Safe™ presentation so all the children in the class will demonstrate appropriate behaviour when a "real" dog visits.