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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

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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We are delighted to announce, that after over a year of research and revisions for holding and better maintaining the Register of Signatories to the CAWC Code of Practice, and following overwhelming support for voluntary regulations, we re-launch the Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners (RCDTBP).

We are now in a position to move forward in two stages and ask that you bear with us as processes are proofed and web pages are activated.

Stage one:

a) Registration of Individuals - to register (and re-register) all those who are supportive of voluntary self-regulation of the sector. All Practitioners are now invited to register, formally committing to taking ownership of their personal responsibilities under the Code, and during stage one, benefit from a lower initial registration fee.

b) During this stage we are also working on building lists of Related Organisations to cover the following categories: Membership Bodies & Course Providers; Activity & Working Groups; Welfare Groups & Charities and other useful information sites.

Stage two:

a) Registration of Service and Course Providers - to promote the Services of all who are committed to the Code, and declare understanding of their responsibilities to the Council and to the industry.

b) Affiliation with Related Organisations - to register mutual support in building a cohesive network, to promote the Code and further support of both the work of, and the training of Practitioners.

We are not in competition with any other organisation, we simply look forward to fulfilling the potential of the Registration Council to meet the demands of its purpose, uniting all to promote best practice, promote animal welfare and protect the public.

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