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.


PDTI 10th National (on-line) Conference 6th April 2024

The Head, Heart and Hands of dog training instruction - enriching life for dogs, their owners and ourselves! Presented by Tamsin Durston.

Tamsin is a highly qualified and respected Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Dog Training Instructor, Human Behaviour Change Practitioner and Author of the book ‘Emotional Wellbeing for the Animal Welfare Professional’. She currently manages the Dogs Trust’s Veterinary Development Team, and will be taking a holistic look exploring four key aspects that embody dog training instruction: A dog and human behavioural approach to underpin dog training instruction; The importance of play and ‘Gamification’ of dog training instruction; Co-operative care; and Self-care - wellbeing for the dog training instructor. Members of the Dogs Trust Research Team will also be joining us to kindly share some new and relevant research. This full day event is not to be missed… book now to reserve your place (a time - limited recording will also be available to ticket holders following the event). Please see poster and booking form for full details.

PDTI Instructors Awards Course July 2024

Our 18th annual residential Instructors Awards Course is running this year from Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th July 2024. This course is designed to provide professional recognition for all who provide Companion Dog Training and Behaviour services. Teaching skills are assessed at four experience levels from introductory to advanced, within a practical-based, supportive peer-group environment. Please see the events page for more information.

The PDTI also runs teaching workshops around the country for clubs and individuals, such as ‘Instructing Skills’, ‘Advanced Skills’, ‘Problem Solving’, ‘Running Young Puppy Sessions’, ‘Reactive v Responsive’, plus a range of ‘Scent-based’ workshops eg ‘Puzzle Solving & Enrichment’ & ‘Exploring your Dog’s Potential’. If you would like to host one our popular workshops in your area, please do not hesitate to contact us.