- Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
- Association of Pet Dog Trainers
- Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
- Animal Behavior Management Alliance
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
- Behavior Education Network
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer
- Certified Dog Trainer and Counselor
- Certified by Victoria Stilwell's Positively Dog Training
- Certified in Dog Aggression
- Distinction - Competency Assessment- Level 2
Code of Ethics
Daphne belongs to several organizations that outline ethical codes of conduct and of training protocols.
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Partnership will only use the most progressive training
methods based in animal learning theory and
behavior analysis. The use of positive reinforcement
training is a very effective tool and is supported by
scientific research and data. We absolutely do not
tolerate punitive "training" either verbally
We do not use anthropomorphic explanations to blame the
dog for misbehaving which would open the door to the use
of physical corrections.
We do not use anthropomorphic explanations to blame the dog for misbehaving which would open the door to the use of physical corrections.
As Julie Vargas stated
As Julie Vargas stated"Without understanding the basic science of behavior, a teacher has little to fall back on other than punishment."
Daphne works with all breeds of dogs and of all kinds of personalities and doesn't require the use of physical corrections, or worse shock collars, to get desired results. There should be no stress or physical punishment in training. Training should be a controlled game. No matter what species you work with you need understanding, patience, compassion and know your learning theory well.
"There is no hidden agenda, no rebellion, no spite, no stubbornness – simply an under-trained response. If you’re taking tennis lessons and can’t hit the ball, or your kid gets 65% on a school test – it simply implies that you got it wrong because you need more practice." - Jean Donaldson
"Many experts train followers to imitate their methods and achieve instant success in this field or that field. Fortunately, the last 10 years has seen a boom in clicker training, which has pushed many people in the direction of science, not myth or skilled marketing, for answers." - Kay Laurence
We want dogs to think and be involved in their training not break their will or spirit.
Daphne Robert-Hamilton is the owner of K-9 Partnership. She attended the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers and obtained her Certificate in Training and Behavior Counseling and then attend their 280 hour internship program specializing in dog aggression. She obtained honors for her Certificate in Dog Aggression. The CTC program is a six-week, full-time course designed to provide a thorough, well-rounded education in pet dog training and behavior counseling. The curriculum combines lecture, video, demonstration and round-table discussion with hands-on training as well as rehearsal of instructing and interviewing skills.
Unfortunately, in the fall of 2009 the SF/SPCA had to close their behavior department and the Academy. Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley have plans on starting a new Academy in 2010.