Helps protect the trainer from liability and makes the client responsible if the dog injures the trainer.
During training, it’s possible for someone other than the trainer to get injured, like the dog owner, their guests, other dog owners and their guests, and dogs owned by other people. The trainer is responsible for any injuries because they have control over the dog during the session. They have a duty to make sure everyone is safe.
If the trainer is training a known aggressive dog, they have even more responsibilities. They need to warn people and keep the dog away from them and other dogs. If the trainer fails to meet these duties, they can be held liable for negligence. There is no limit to the compensation a victim of dog trainer negligence can receive. That’s why it’s important to have a written contract that outlines the trainer’s duties and the client’s rights.
What happens if the dog bites the trainer? The courts have decided that trainers accept the possibility of getting injured, which includes paying for medical expenses and lost income. To protect themselves, trainers should have a solid contract that places responsibility on the dog owner.
The Dog Training Agreement includes the training goals, the number and dates of the sessions, whether they will be private and where they will take place, the amount of compensation, and a confirmation that the dog hasn’t bitten anyone or been declared dangerous. It also states that if the dog injures the trainer, the client will pay for medical bills and lost income.