Puppy School is delighted to have been recognised as a Practitioner Organisation for the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). The ABTC is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. It is the only animal welfare charity that is primarily concerned with protecting the psychological welfare of animals undergoing training and behaviour activities.
It sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer, training instructor or animal behaviour therapist, and it maintains the national registers of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.
The ABTC promotes the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans, lobbying for humane methods in training and behaviour modification, and for the education of the animal owning public.
"Being recognised as an ABTC Practitioner Organisation is no mean achievement. The standards that must be met are the most stringent in the sector and cover not just the skills, knowledge and understanding of the practicing members, but also the management of the organisation. Continual monitoring also ensures that those standards continue to be met for as long as membership is maintained. Being qualified to display the ABTC logo is a mark of excellence that conveys a commitment to a quality at all levels to all concerned". David Montgomery, Chair of the ABTC
Puppy School tutors who have been running classes for over 12 months, and pass the strict assessment criteria set by the ABTC, are invited to join the ABTC register of Animal Training Instructors. Tutors who have achieved membership will have a logo displayed on their individual Puppy School profile – see here to find a tutor near you and to view their profile.