Should Dog Trainers & Behaviourists Be Regulated?


Date, Time & Place

Tues Oct 29 2019


Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London  SW1A 2JR

Speakers Include:

Victoria Stilwell – Victoria Stilwell Academy

Jo-Rosie Haffenden – School of Canine Science

TBC – Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme

David Montgomery – Animal Behaviour & Training Council

 Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge - University of Sussex


There is no regulatory body for dog trainers & behaviourists in the UK. Anyone can set up as a dog trainer or behaviourist without any experience or qualifications.

Some trainers & behaviourists choose to become members of one of 16 practitioner membership body or obtain a qualification from one of 11 qualification course providers. All of these 27 organisations are self-regulating & most teach, test & assess their members internally.


Do we need to establish an objective board to assess every trainer or behaviourist irrespective of where they gained their knowledge, experience & qualifications?

Should there be a common set of minimum standards/code of conduct for all practitioners & complaints procedure to an independent organisation?

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