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The Government’s recent introduction of National Occupational Standards for Dog Behaviourists and Trainers is a significant step forward that recognises the important contributions made by experts within this specialist field. In the past the broad knowledge base of animal behaviourists has been accepted as the standard, but with these new occupational standards national organisations, local authorities and members of the public can be assured that when the skills, knowledge and experience of experts is required those holdings such qualifications can be relied upon to provide the solutions.

The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training (CIDBT) is committed to ensuring that professionals and aspiring dog behaviourists and trainers can access courses to enhance their knowledge base and learning, both from academic and practical perspectives. The qualifications gained by successful students equip them to enter an occupation that has now been recognised as a stand-alone specialism.

The dedication of the officers of the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and Training and those affiliated to PETbc member organisations has ensured that the future occupations of those with exemplary qualifications, as well as essential practical skills and experience, will be recognised as professionally competent to provide the services demanded by dog owners and commercial organisations within the UK.

The Government, through LANTRA – the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries – worked principally with the PETbc in partnership with the Kennel Club, enthusiastically supported by the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, the British Institute of Pet Dog Trainers, the Cambridge Institute for Dog Behaviour and Training and the Guild of Dog Trainers.

The establishment of National Occupational Standards for dog behaviourists and trainers elevates the status of those professionals or dedicated enthusiasts working with dogs to a level commensurate with general animal behaviourists and those engaged within the equine industry. When professional bodies such as the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, as well as veterinarians, require the expert services of professionally qualified dog behaviour practitioners to deal with dangerous dogs or difficult behaviour cases, the standard of competence is assured now that these Standards are in place.

In addition, they can expect an applicant seeking employment to have demonstrated the competence to achieve the standards set and will have the level of expertise to undertake the appointment. In effect, these National Occupational Standards will set dog behaviourists and trainers apart from the general practitioners known as “animal behaviourists” whose breadth of knowledge across the range of animal species precludes them from the intimate relationship enjoyed by those dedicated solely to the canine genre.

The CIDBT has made significant contribution during the formulation of these National Occupational Standards for dog behaviourists and trainers, driving this whole sector forward into a brighter future, essentially for all canine practitioners, but certainly for all dogs.

CIDBT Principal: Colin Tennant MA FCFBA


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Government National Occupational Standards for Dog Behaviourists & Trainers