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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

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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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This page gives a very brief potted history of the RCDTBP and those wishing to research its' development in more detail should visit the archive area where you will find a list of pdf downloads of relevant documents and meeting reports.

The Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC), an independent advisory body, produced a report regarding the situation on Dog Behaviour and Training Services in the UK which, following a thorough investigation, was published in 2008. Two years of follow-up meetings led to the CAWC Code of Practice being devised and agreed in 2010, setting minimum professional standards for all Practitioners.

An organisation was required to manage the Code through the voluntary registration of individuals and organisations wishing to sign up to it, and with the Kennel Club (KC) agreeing to act as the ‘Secretariat’ of it under the Chairmanship of the late Bill Hardaway, the Registration Council was founded in July 2010.

The KC dealt with the administration of meetings and acceptance of applications, listing Individuals and Organisations that signed up to the Code.  Lack of activity followed the loss of Bill Hardaway in March 2013 and rescheduling of the May meeting to September 2013, the report of which was not received from the KC. Fiona Whelan, previously Vice-Chair took on the role of Chair and liaised with the Kennel Club in 2014, who had now declined administrative responsibility for the Council. Fiona called a meeting on the 1st October 2014, which co-opted several new members on to the Committee, including a new Vice Chair and Secretary; Fiona and the two other officers subsequently resigned in early 2015 (due to lack of time and amount of work involved).

2015 saw further research carried out by the remaining Committee members, by questionnaire, an open meeting in July, and further revisions put forward through a Yahoo development group with 23 participants, finalising in a re-launch meeting in February 2016 and plans for a re-launch in March following Crufts 2016, in two stages: 1. Practitioner Registration followed by 2. Service and Course Provider Registration and formal Affiliation with related organisations.

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