SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR DOG TRAINERS/DOG GROOMERS and other persons who are working with dogs in a professional capacity
When outside working with dogs:
· Know your own level of comfort around dogs. If you are not comfortable with handling a specific dog it is best to recommend another trainer or groomer.
· Be alert at all times. Make sure someone is aware of your whereabouts and you have access to a phone.
· It is advised that all dog trainers, groomers, students and volunteers have undertaken a canine first aid course, see www.dtail.org for more details.
· Carry with you first aid equipment that is checked on a regular basis and you know how to use
· Gather as much information from the owner before handling or assessing the dog.
· Experienced dog trainers will know instantly how dangerous a dog is going to be. It is a recommendation from the Dog Trainers Association of Ireland ltd ( DTAIL) that you update your learning and knowledge thus giving you skills which will allow you to adequately assess the situation.
· Remember that you are in a position of responsibility when it comes to imparting information onto a member of the public. Never instruct a handler or owner in any area you are not familiar with.
· Carry appropriate equipment with you such as muzzles, leads, collars.
· It is a recommendation of the Health Safety Authority that all small businesses and self employed persons have a Safety Statement which is reviewed on a regular basis.
· For more information for designing a Safety Statement which incorporates best practices and safety policies you may email
· Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.
· It is in the best interest that all Dog Trainers have their tetanus vaccine updated as needed.
SAFETY FOR DOG TRAINERS
When working indoors/home visits or in a confined space/saloon.
· It is recommended that all trainers familiarise themselves with the HSA guidelines for working within a confined space
· If attending a person's home for private or one to one training sessions then it is recommended that you leave the address and contact number of your whereabouts with another person. If this is not possible then you should write the address down and leave it in a visible place.
· It is in your interests to gather as much information as possible about the dog you are going to meet. Remember that not all dog owners are familiar with the warning signs and therefore may not be able to guide you accurately when giving you information. Keep this in mind before entering the home.
· All trainers should carry a first aid kit with them that is checked and restocked on a regular basis.
· On entering a person's home or while working in small space familiarise yourself with exit points. Also look out for obstacles that may block your escape route.
· Ensure that all equipment is inspected on a regular basis, and in good working order.
· If you are unsure of your level of skill or you are an inexperienced trainer it is not recommended that you enter a person's home on your own or handle any dog that you feel is out of your debt. You may apply to the Dog Trainers Association of Ireland for assessment which will guide you on your instructing abilities.
· Or in the case of dog groomers it is recommended that you train with a groomer that holds a qualification in either City & Guilds Dog Grooming 7750 or Advanced Dog Grooming Diploma .For more information visit www.ipdga.ie