PET CARE ABIDES BY KENNEL CLUB CODE OF PRACTICE FOR
Kennel Club introduced the Accreditation Scheme for
Instructors in 2001, to help provide a quality
advisory service for the dog-owning public and enthusiasts,
within all areas and all aspects of dog training and
canine behaviour. All members on registration have agreed
to abide by the Code of Practice. Designed to set out
the principles governing both business and training
practices to which all KCAI Scheme members, on registering
for membership to the Scheme, agree to abide.
This Code of Practice is designed to set out the principles governing both business and training practices to which all KCAI Scheme members, on registering for membership to the Scheme, agree to abide.
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KENNEL CLUB CODE OF PRACTICE FOR INSTRUCTORS
Business Practice - members shall:
• act with integrity, in a professional courteous manner
befitting membership of their club, business, the Kennel
Club and the Scheme.
• exercise professional judgment, skill and care to
the best of their ability.
• respect confidentiality, personal rights and expectations
of all, as individuals.
• charge a fair price for the services provided and
shall not unfairly exploit / mislead / offer levels or services
trained / qualified to deliver.
• not unfairly elicit trade or clientele to the detriment
of others, be diplomatic in discussions to avoid criticising
condemning advice given / methods used by other Clubs / Instructors,
especially where those in question will
not have the opportunity to justify their actions.
• ensure adequate awareness of legal, health and safety
issues including having appropriate insurance.
• only use designated letters of the Kennel Club when
appropriately qualified to do so.
Training Practice - members should:
• be conversant with / promote the Kennel Club Canine
Code and aspects of responsible dog ownership.
• be able to work in the best interest of the individual
dog and handler / owner(s).
• acknowledge and promote suitable and motivational
• take every reasonable care to control activities which
may cause injury or aggression to or by the dog.
• have an understanding of dog behaviour and mechanisms
• have an understanding of the human skills of learning,
communication and counselling.
• be able to advise on the choice, maintenance and safe
use of training equipment.
• be able to teach to the level of their experience
and recognise their limitations and consequences of advice
• be willing to keep
Complaints and grievances.
• Complaints and grievances arising from non-adherence
to this Code should be referred to the Kennel Club.
• The Kennel Club Rule A42 will apply – this rule
covers complaints made in respect of conduct that is
discreditable or prejudicial to the interests of the canine
Club Policies and the Kennel Club General Code of Ethics
Members are also reminded of their responsibility to abide by,
and where appropriate, to guide others to appreciate the principles
of all Kennel Club policies, relevant guidelines / regulations
and the Kennel Club General Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics
applies to everyone who has agreed to be subject to the jurisdiction
of the Kennel Club. They, whether the owner, keeper or in temporary
charge of a dog for any purpose, accept their responsibility
under the Code. The Code of Ethics covers aspects of
welfare, nuisance, control, hygiene and attention to Veterinary
care. It also covers aspects of providing accurate information
breed / individual dog characteristics, breeding, selling and
homing of puppies / dogs.
Kennel Club General Code of Ethics
All breeders who register their
puppies, and new owners who register ownership of their dogs
with the Kennel Club, accept the jurisdiction of the Kennel
Club and undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their
care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and
2.Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon
performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters
the natural conformation of the animal, may report such operation
to the Kennel Club.
3.Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies
which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed
in suitable homes.
4.Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
5.Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have
been docked illegally.
6.Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could
be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
7.Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to
cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official
8.Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars
and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away
9.Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere
their dogs are being exhibited.
10.Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation
of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing
of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
11.Will supply written details of all dietary requirements
and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing
dogs in a new home.
12.Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are
provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog,
and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents
at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
13.Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail
pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given
as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will
not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates
as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
14.Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of
the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person
regarding the health or quality of a dog.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club
membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club
and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action,
Kennel Club’s mission is ‘to promote, in every
the general improvement of dogs’. The organisation was
1873 and offers dog owners an unparalleled source of information,
experience and advice on dog welfare, health, training and
many other areas of responsible dog ownership.
Whatever your dog needs, the Kennel Club is here to help
and support you and all dogs and their owners.
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog
training scheme in the UK. Its aim is to promote responsible
dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relationship with our
pets and to make the community aware of the benefits associated
with dog ownership.
It,s a dog,s life so take care of it
‘One of the animals which a generous and sociable man
would soonest become is a
dog. A dog can have a friend; he has affections and character,
he can enjoy equally the
field and the fireside: he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates;
he offends and is pardoned;
he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow’.