Pet Dog Training Instructors

PDTI members at Harper Adams UniversityPet Dog Training Instructors (PDTI) was founded in 2005, and formally registered in the UK as a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee in 2010. Our aim is to support Instructors and Advisors who provide, or wish to provide, companion dog training services for pet dog owning families. Our whole training and teaching ethos is to promote self-motivated continuing professional development (CPD), to encourage science-based learning, expand personal dog-training skills and develop a deeper understanding of related behaviours.

The PDTI has well-established itself over the last ten years or so, with its annual awards course, teaching workshops, educational events, theory programme and finally, with a membership system using increasing grades to recognise practical, assessment and educational achievements of individuals. By helping our Instructors be the best they can possibly be, it enables them to support the dogs and families who come to them for help, in the most positive, successful, enjoyable and rewarding manner possible.

Latest and Exciting PDTI News

We are looking forward to our next Practical Instructors Course (Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th July 2016) which is filling up steadily. It is a full week of talking dogs and teaching people, with the bonus of good food and the opportunity to make new friends. The course is well established and respected and offers really worthwhile instructing awards ... (details)

We would like to thank Dr Anne McBride for giving us a fascinating insight into the ‘Development of Fear’ at our annual conference, a subject at the root of so many teaching & behaviour problems. All 70 attendees will receive a copy of her presentation slides shortly and should contact us if not received by the end of April. The next one is being planned for Saturday April 22nd 2017 with Professor Daniel Mills.

The teaching workshops that followed the conference all received fabulous feedback and we would like to thank the tutors for their hard work and all those who attended for their contribution. These consisted of two x one-day workshops: ‘Reactive v Responsive’ and ‘Manhunt’ and two x two-day workshops: ‘Instructing Skills’ and ‘Scent-based Play, Nosework, Fun & Potential’.