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One of the major LIES being told by financially or politically motivated organisations in respect of electronic training aids, is that they will cause the dogs to become afraid; afraid of their environment, afraid of their owners, afraid of experimentation and afraid to have fun.
We - the owners and trainers at the Association of Responsible Dog Owners - know with absolute certainty, that the use of the best quality training collars, in conjunction with a holistic, balanced training system, does anything BUT cause fear and confusion in the dogs. Instead, the professional use of professional e-collars, as part of a complete, reward-heavy training style, develops the exact opposite of fear, anxiety and avoidance. Such use can strengthen confidence, increase understanding through clarity of instruction and requirement.
Our dogs (and yours) do and can develop full predictability and controllability of their environment. They are taught to understand WHAT is required or permitted; WHEN it is required or permitted; and most importantly WHY it is required or permitted.
Our dogs are permitted to experience what so many millions of dogs are now denied; that being the luxury of consequences for their own actions - good and bad - right or wrong - better or worse - independent of further rewards or corrections. We believe in teaching our dogs how to learn, in exactly the same way that we, and every other animal within the animal kingdom has been granted the natural ability to learn; through the divine or natural right bestowed upon us all, through the experience of consequence.

The Association of Responsible Dog Owners is a collective gathering of real dog loving people, with a common compassionate commitment to striving to secure and promote the very best in terms of the true welfare of our dogs - and all other animals.
We recognise the requirements of the dog, the limitations and restrictions of single minded ideologies, such as force-free dog training, and purely positive dog training. We act always and only in the best interests of our dogs. We train and handle our dogs with full respect to laws and control. strive for true off-lead reliability, free restraints and restrictions. We understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ in dog training and resolving behaviour issues. We support the right for compassionate, dog lovers to reserve the right to use whatever tool or approach is necessary, provided such use is proportionate, guided, effective, of the highest quality and serves to enhance the overall well being of the dogs and any other third party innocent animals.

Mission Statement
“ARDO represents, educates, guides and speaks for passionate, responsible dog owners and dog lovers. We are real dog people with a steadfast ethical commitment to protecting and enhancing canine welfare. ARDO members are dedicated to securing safety and working for controlled freedom of behavioural expression.”

ARDO is a totally unique association of dog owners, trainers behaviourists and scientists. As real-world, everyday dog owners, we consult speak and act together with and on behalf of you and your dogs. We are not a ‘trainer’ association. Whilst we have many members who are experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable trainers, ARDO membership is not restricted by qualifications or expertise. Members of ARDO share a love of dogs and a sense of responsibility to our canine friends, to the public at large and to other pets and livestock with whom our dogs come into contact.

“ARDO members are sympathetic and understanding to the necessary, proportionate and humane use of all legitimate training aids in the appropriate circumstances.”

We have no political, financial or ideological agenda, focusing instead on working with and for our members to assist them in creating the best possible relationship with their dogs. All advice, action or endorsement is strictly in line with our mission statement.”

Is ARDO for me?
Do you believe passionately that responsibility and freedom go together? Like ensuring your dog knows the boundaries, both physical and behavioural? Do you strive to make sure your dog has freedom to express normal behaviour? Like walking off lead and behaving well? Do you do what it takes to make sure your dog has freedom from pain injury and disease? Like allowing your dog the secure freedom of the garden? If you answered yes to these questions, then ARDO is definitely for you – so JOIN US Now!!

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