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We have reached our first 100 Signatories and with feedback continuing to be encouraging, we thank each one for founding the way.


With our research demonstrating that 90+% of Practitioners believe that National Registration under one inclusive body is the way forward, now is the time for every individual to unite for the greater good. The Council was set up to take on that role, based on holding and managing the register of Signatories to the only industry thing that has been written and agreed nationally in many, many years, the CAWC Code.


The Code is not just a piece of paper, it is a personal commitment to the standards set by it, including being accountable for any service they provide or help to provide. In implementing the Code in regard to dogs, the Council has provided professional profiling and public feedback facilities. It is every grass root individual practitioner that is influential in the education of the public, and as such, we need to offer support to help ensure all provide the best service possible.


We are also beginning to receive affiliation interest from Related Organisations wishing to help us develop a cohesive and supportive network, whilst appreciating each for their individuality and the good work they do.


The register of Service Providers for public access under the list of Canine Services is next on our list, so watch this space.


RCDTBP Update November 2017

Application Form


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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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 CAWC Code of Practice was agreed as a basis for self-regulation and the Kennel Club was asked to facilitate the forming of a governing body over the Signatories to the Code, for which it acted as 'Secretariat' under the Chairmanship of the late Bill Hardaway. Organisations and individuals who signed up to the Code were identifiable through the use of the RCDTBP logo on their marketing materials, and the list of those registered were made available on the website as a reference point for members of the public wishing to seek dog training or behavioural advice.


Following two years of relative inactivity, further research, revisions to processes and updating of the regulations, resulted in a re-launch (March 2016) of the RCDTBP in two stages, as a totally Independent Organisation, with a structure to more effectively manage the register(s) and fulfil its' potential and purpose to promote education, advance animal welfare and to better benefit society.


Executive Committee


Acting Chairman and Treasurer:  Chris Bloomfield


Acting Secretary:  Julie Love


Registrar:  Sue Evans


Committee Consultant:  David Cavill

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