Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council

Setting a canine training standard.

Representing and setting national standards throughout the UK for Dog Trainers and Behaviourists.

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Find out what the codes of practice are and much more.


Find out about our official PETbc diplomas.

About us

Who are PETbc?

The PETbc represents organisations, partners and affiliates who work in the canine education sector in the UK.  These can be divided into two groups.  The canine behaviourists / psychologists and professional dog trainers who may specialise in dog behaviour at higher levels of problem behaviour reformation.  The second group are other disciplines that are mainly education and or a skill set that involves understanding dog behaviour, assessments, genetics and breeding programmes for stable temperaments.  This includes breed judges, groomers, kennel management and general dog welfare.


The PETbc represents over 2100 experts who work in the Canine Training, Behaviour and Education disciplines in the UK.

The Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc) was established in 2009

PETbc was established in 2009, at the instigation of Sir Colin Spedding, after a series of meetings of canine trainers and behaviourists held under the auspices of the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC).  Part of the CAWC remit was to achieve common standards in dog behaviour and training.  The PETbc was the first and only organisation in the UK to be approved by Sir Colin Spedding following the 2008 review into the industry.

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The PETbc remains the most respected and important representational and self-regulatory body specifically created to represent professional dog training and behaviour modification organisations, canine and feline behaviour and training education providers (both academic and vocational) and other interested pet industry organisations.

Our purpose is to:

  • Promote the highest standards of training, behaviour modification and companion animal welfare,
  • Recognise and promote high standards of excellence in both practical skills acquired and appropriate academic knowledge at all levels, and in all areas of education in canine and feline psychology, behaviour, training and welfare.   
  • Listen to (as opposed to dictate to) and provide a voice for our members and others involved the pet education behaviour and training industry
  • Engage with the relevant governmental departments and policy makers in relation to shaping future government policy and legislation affecting the industry and our members
  • Share knowledge with our members and others and to actively encourage the sharing of knowledge and best practice within and between member organisations

Setting the Standards

What does the PETbc do?

Set Industry Standards

We were the first organisation to create a set of occupational standards encompassing both academic and practical skills for the various roles within the canine behaviour and training industry (see Standards page).

Provide Quality Assurance

All member organisations providing accreditation to their members are required to meet the PETbc standards.  Course providers that have been PETbc approved and assured have shown a high level of educational quality that students can rely on.

    Facilitate and Support Our Members

    In the provision of:

    Pet training;

    Pet welfare advice;

    The education of canine behaviour practitioners;

    The education of feline behaviour practitioners;

    Handler and instructor courses that are practical and work-based;

    Up to date knowledge and understanding of canine and feline psychology for pet owners;

    Relevant species specific pet behavioural knowledge.


      Responsible pet ownership;

      Pet owner education in training and animal welfare;

      Modern training techniques and good practice in client service;

      Ongoing learning and educational development for dog training professionals and canine and feline behaviourists; and

      Individual organisations which support and promote the welfare, training and behaviour of pets worldwide.


        Educate individuals involved in canine and feline training and behaviour to the highest standards in terms of both academic knowledge and practical experience through the provision of PETbc vocational training diplomas and PETbc accredited course providers.


          Enable our members to have a voice in the future of the pet education industry by keeping them abreast of relevant government policy and legislative proposals, seeking relevant members views and observations as appropriate and providing on behalf of our members a clear and UNITED voice.

            Why Join Us?

            There is increasing pressure to regulate the pet education industry and alongside the regulatory pressure (which in itself is not bad thing) there is an increasing risk, if the voices of all interested parties are not adequately heard, that the industry will find itself regulated by those who have an exclusive rather than inclusive agenda and that dictates to rather than listens to and considers the collective wisdom of all established organisations within the industry. 

            We listen to our member organisations, obtain your views, endeavour to understand your concerns and provide a strong and collective voice for all.


            Giving the Best Advice

            The PETbc has always since inception been actively involved in advising and influencing those responsible for developing and implementing governmental policy and legislation pertaining to our industry.  We will continue to work on behalf of our members to ensure their interests and concerns are properly considered in any future changes in law and regulation of the pet industry.


            Unrivalled Support

            The PETbc strongly believe that people should have access to professionals that have been trained both theoretically and vocationally by species specific tutors, who themselves benefit from a vast amount of experience and are recognised as successful practitioners in their field, we support member organisations who follow this philosophy. In addition, we support organisations and their respective members through projects that further the process of learning and management to improve the quality of services they provide.


            PETbc 101: Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma (Module 1)


            (Module 1 £145, Module 2 £550)


            Duration: Upto 6 Months

            PETbc 102: Advanced Canine Training & Instructional Skills Diploma (Module 1)


            (Module 1 £145, Module 2 £550)


            Duration: Upto 6 Months

            PETbc 103: Pet Care Business Diploma (Module 1)


            (Module 1 £145, Module 2 £500)


            Duration: Upto 6 Months

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