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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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Canine ServicesClick to download Canine Services Document


Individual Signatories

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Related Organisations

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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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The Council


The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners (RCDTBP) was originally established in July 2010 following a series of meetings facilitated by the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) with the intention of providing regulation through an agreed Code of Practice for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners. CAWC had previously provided a report in July 2008 that identified the need for a framework that could protect the public from individuals making misleading claims or providing advice without sufficient knowledge and experience for the role. The role of RCDTBP was to provide regulations to hold and manage inclusive register(s) of Signatories to the Code. (see our ‘History’ page for more information)


The Council is an independent organisation being run by Practitioners that are Signatories to the Code. Obviously all have their own industry involvements and declared interests, yet all have worked hard behind the scenes, in consultation with many others at grass roots, to create a system that is fair to all. Our regulations support, implement and enforce the standards set by the Code, whilst helping to fulfil the Council three main aims to: advance animal welfare; benefit the public; and promote education and raise professional standards.


The Council appropriately registered in 2019 as ‘RCDTBP Community Interest Company’. It intends to steadily continue to move forward, inviting all canine training and behaviour practitioners, service and course providers, related organisations and interested parties to work together, to get involved, to actively contribute and finally to unite under the Code, which it was it was originally designed to do.


Current Directors:  Sue Evans – Andy Tough – Susan Close


In consultation with Signatories, some being co-opted into developing roles

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