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The CAWC Code is not just a piece of paper, it is a personal commitment to the standards set by it. In implementing the Code, the Council has provided professional profiling and public feedback facilities, to meet future and professional demands. The Registration Council is not a business, it is a not-for-profit organisation run on a voluntary basis, and registered as ‘RCDTBP Community Interest Company’ number 11941540

All individual practitioners are influential in the education of the public, and as such, we (practitioners) need to unite and offer mutual support and guidance to help ensure everyone provides most appropriate service in the best way possible. Having attended a recent consultation meeting on licensing and responsible ownership, many are encouraging action on further regulations. This is not a competition but at times, with so much confusion, it feels like it. The RCDTBP is all inclusive and welcomes all related organisations and individuals committed to animal welfare and responsible ownership, regardless of other affiliations.

RCDTBP Update April 2019

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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

2017 saw the sad loss of the acting Chairman and Treasurer Chris Bloomfield,

resulting in changes to Members of the Executive Committee:

Sue EvansJulie LoveAndy ToughSusan Close

with internal re-structuring others are being co-opted and will be confirmed in due course

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