The Kennel Club has joined with the UK's Sector Skills Council,
in a bid to protect the wellbeing of millions of dogs across the
UK, through the development of standards that are specifically
designed to ensure consistency and professionalism amongst those
working in the canine sector.
Dog trainers and behaviourists will no longer need to refer to
generic animal standards that are currently available for the
sector, as the Kennel Club today announces that it has helped to
develop and fund the first ever canine specific National Occupation
Standards (NOS) in association with LANTRA, the UK's Sector Skills
Council for land-based and environmental industries.
To date, dog trainers and behaviourists had to refer to Animal
Training and Behaviour NOS but these cover a wide variety of jobs,
such as dolphin, elephant and circus animal trainers, and a range
of businesses from dog walking and zoos, to animal welfare and
rescue. This has meant that many trainers and behaviourists
struggle to access key specific skills and knowledge related to
their area of expertise to enable them to carry out their job
As a result, a group of canine specialists suggested to LANTRA
the creation of a suite of canine specific NOS and the Kennel Club
was brought in to provide expert feedback and the necessary funding
for the project to be completed.
Madge Moore, Director - Skills Partnerships at LANTRA
said: "National Occupational Standards describe the skills and
knowledge required to carry out a job to an acceptable standard,
recognised by the industry. As such they provide the foundation for
training and qualifications and set the standard for people working
in the industry now and in the future.
"Getting these standards right matters and LANTRA draws on
people with the relevant experience and expertise to achieve this.
We are therefore pleased that the Kennel Club is contributing their
wealth of knowledge to this project."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The existing
generic animal standards didn't meet the distinctive needs of dog
trainers and behaviourists which could lead to lack of knowledge
and confusion when it came to dealing with situations specific to
dogs and potentially put dogs' wellbeing and welfare at risk.
"By having canine specific standards we are protecting the
welfare of dogs. The new NOS will offer those who work with dogs
nationally recognised, credible and externally verified standards
and we hope that they will help ensure that dog owners get a safe,
knowledgeable and professional experience."
The Development of the NOS supports the KCAI scheme, UK's only
nationally recognised qualification for Dog Trainers &
The consultation phase runs until 15th September and the new NOS
should be published towards the end of October.