Regulating the industry is still a practitioner-
The RCDTBP is a not-
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
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-
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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-
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-
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-
In 2016 the RCDTBP relaunched under updated regulations. Signatories were now expected to create a professional account on our a sister site, which the majority have done, helping to develop the profile areas and a structure to more effectively manage the register(s).
In 2019 the RCDTBP registered as a ‘Community Interest Company’ to ensure more formal accountability. This is a relatively new company category, better fitting the organisation’s aims and objectives ... working for the benefit of the dog training and behaviour sector in providing appropriate services to the dog-