New CEN publication defines skills and competences required by professional dog trainers and instructors

February 1, 2016

In order to raise standards in dog training and to help dog owners choose their dogs’ trainer the IKC joined a European wide working group to help establish the minimum standards required for a professional dog trainer. At the moment anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behaviourist as these terms are not legally protected. A good trainer reinforces  the owner-animal bond, aids in the health and welfare of the dog  and helps society in recognising the value of a well trained and socialised  dog. Unfortunately the converse is also true.   In the forthcoming year the IKC will work to implement these recommendations from the Work Group to develop an education and validation process for dog trainers , to develop a professional career path and establish public confidence in  standards  in the dog training  sector.

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