The Kennel Club Codes

The Kennel Club, as well as our schemes and activities, are governed by our codes of practice and codes of conduct, which set the standards and expectations for members, judges, volunteers and instructors.
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The Kennel Club Canine Code

As the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to dogs' health and welfare, we ask all dog owners to follow this guide to responsible dog ownership.

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The Kennel Club Code of Ethics

For all breeders who register their puppies, and new owners who register ownership of their dogs with The Kennel Club.

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The Kennel Club Code: Trust and Respect

The Kennel Club Code is addressed to all of our members, our committee members and to all volunteers acting on behalf of The Kennel Club.

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The Kennel Club Code of Conduct

Our expectations for all those taking part in, or attending events under our jurisdiction, along with general guidelines on the use of social media.

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Guidelines for canine activities

Obligations for show/event organisers, clubs, trainers/instructors, owners/handlers involved in canine activities licensed by The Kennel Club.

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Code of Best Practice for Judges

2019 edition, which includes the Guide for Judges and Ring Stewards, and Code of Best Practice for the Selection of Judges.

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The Kennel Club Assured Breeders Standard
This standard includes all of the necessary rules, requirements and expectations for The Kennel Club Assured Breeders.
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Registration Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations that govern the way The Kennel Club registers dogs (M).
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The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors

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The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Code of Practice
The principles governing both the professional conduct and training practices for all scheme members.
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Regulations for The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors
Regulations for the Accredited Instructors scheme for instructors in dog training and canine behaviour (M).
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