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Regulating the industry is still a practitioner-led call as a solution to help raise standards of service to the public. As anyone can set-up overnight and call themselves a trainer or behaviourist, the industry remains divided and confusing to all searching for advice, whether an owner, learner, or provider. Sadly all continues to be held back by the lack of structure and any required registration through government legislation.

 The RCDTBP is a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company’ simply aiming to inclusively unite all practitioners and all related organisations as Signatories to the only single nationally-agreed professional code of practice (CAWC Code 2010).

The RCDTBP works on positivity, founded in 2010 to hold the registers of Signatories to the Code, in moving forward has incorporated a structured profiling system to identify all individuals for what they ‘put in’ to the industry. Together with a public feedback facility on services received, it aims to help ensure every practitioner meets, and continually develops to meet, the professional demands of the industry.

RCDTBP Update November 2023

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Important Downloads

Canine ServicesClick to download Canine Services Document

Individual Signatories

Click to download Individual Signatories Document

Related Organisations

Click to download Related Organisations Document

Code of PracticeClick to download Code of Practice

Policy DocumentClick to download Policy Document

The Registration Council has the responsibility to manage and hold the official register of Signatories to the CAWC Code of Practice

 in regard to dogs. In doing so, it aims to unite all practitioners, service and course providers, related membership organisations

and charities; promote all efforts to advance animal welfare, and increase individual understanding of training, behaviour

and the canine-human relationship, whilst monitoring services to benefit and protect the public.

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Welcome to our website

The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners (RCDTBP) is the United Kingdom’s independent organisation set up in 2010 to manage the CAWC Code of Practice and all that it entails. The Code sets industry agreed minimum professional standards for all those involved with providing a dog training and or behaviour service, and as such holds the official ‘Register of Signatories’ agreeing to be guided to it. In 2019 the RCDTBP formally registered as a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company’.

In managing the Code, the Registration Council offers:

On this site the Public will find information on finding appropriate training and behaviour services, secure that all listed Practitioners and Providers are committed to maintain the professional standards set by the CAWC Code of Practice and reassured by the feedback facility offered. Practitioners and Providers will find information on registration and committing not just to the Code but being prepared to work as part of a network to ensure that the dog-owning public and training enthusiasts receive the most suitable service for their individual needs.

Practitioners will also find that the Council is committed to give guidance and support to help all in their search to advance their own knowledge and skill. Related Organisations will find information on mutual Affiliation, to be appreciated for what each has to offer and to help ensure animal welfare is a priority and the public benefit from the provision of a good service.

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