Wouldn't it be nice if all Treibball players were an ethical lot?  Review a draft Code of Ethics below - this is draft compiled as a suggestion by one volunteer from a review of the CARO, CCPPDT, APDT and several similar groups.  You can comment on the draft code in the CAT Yahoo Group.  To become final, the draft would need to be voted on by a Board of Directors and then accepted by membership at an Annual General Meeting.

Code of Ethics 

draft version 2 - January, 2012

I. General Statements

  1. Membership in the Canadian Association of Triebball (hereinafter referred to as "the Association") must represent a commitment to upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical practices both as described in this Code of Ethic and, where this Code omits, as good faith and good conscience should dictate.

  2. Members should hold as their first priority the welfare of all dogs with which they come in contact at the Association.

  3. Among the Association’s stated purposes is to provide a forum for its members to share ideas and information and to better educate themselves in the sport of Triebball. To this end, members should actively seek to learn and to help educate their peers, recognizing that continual broadening of all members’ knowledge can only benefit our sport.

  4. Members of the Association should, where appropriate, actively promote responsible and ethical: training, breeding, selling and stewardship of dogs.

  5. The Association, as a body, shall provide a forum for members to voice concerns, complaints or thanks, and a system, where appropriate, for disciplinary action.

  6. Submissions for revision to the Code of Ethics shall be accepted at any time, and the Code will be reviewed and voted on every two years by the general membership.

II. Members of the Association shall strive to follow these statements and may face disciplinary action (including revocation of their membership) when in contravention:

  1. Employ and promote only best researched practices in the training of dogs.
  2. Discourage and reject physical punishment.  This includes avoiding choking, hanging, beating, kicking -- and all similar procedures not named here that may cause serious physical harm to the dog.  Gratuitous psychological punishment is simply not appropriate, although slight non-harming aversives (like removing attention) may be used. "Pressuring" a dog (by excessive yelling or threats) is also to be discouraged and rejected.
  3. Refrain from dispensing drugs and medications or medical diagnoses, instead referring all such work to a qualified veterinarian.
  4. Keep an open mind with regard to new training ideas, techniques and equipment and continue to educate themselves in their field.
  5. To follow the Association of Pet Dog Trainers 'Humane Hierarchy' current version when training dogs for the sport, focusing on working at the first and most humane levels of the hierarchy.
  6. Promote good sportsmanship in and out of the Triebball ring.
  7. Provide assistance to others – including fellow competitors – where possible and where that assistance has been requested.
  8. Refrain from criticizing sport participants in all forums, bringing disputes that affect the sport to the attention of the governing body.
  9. Stay current with the Association’s by-laws, rules and regulations.
  10. Not represent yourself or your business as an official Association spokesperson without prior approval of the Board of Directors.
  11. Represent the Association in good faith, while refraining from public or private promotion or endorsement of any product or service in the name of the Association without the express written consent of the officers of the Association as directed by the membership.
  12. Consider and protect the interests of the Association and its members, and, treat all sport participants and their dogs in a responsible and professional manner, regardless of their ability or breed.