I have spent the last 2-3 years helping police and kennels to improve standards for the care of seized dogs. As an expert witness, assessing dogs for court cases and doing in excess of 40 cases a year, I spend a lot of time in this field. I have created a new company “DogLine” offering certified CPD courses for Police, owners, walkers, kennel staff and others.
Whilst most dogs do return home in a good state, a few do not and this is not acceptable. Several successful complaints have been made by owners and they have sometimes improved things. Some kennels have asked for my help, I have a lot of experience in running and managing kennels. It is time for me to accredit those that do a good job and want to learn.
There is no standard set or independent evaluation of kennels. Those I have given training to and created record keeping and other help in the last few years take this seriously. At the time of writing this post there is a serious welfare and Health and Safety breach being investigated in one force and I have offered help and spoken with RSPCA and senior officers. I have to say the situation is not resolved and I am now going through the MP and will be reporting further.
The bigger picture is that there is no requirement for Continuing Professional Development for Police Dog Legislation Officers, Handlers, kennel staff or anyone involved. I have police asking for courses to get them up to date with the law, dealing with stressed dogs, general welfare and more. I have kennels asking for help and one is producing an amazing standard and should be the benchmark.
I have extended the CPD courses and added one for Dog Walkers and one for Responsible Ownership. More soon and do ask if there is a course you think can help your knowledge, we can consider writing one. Improving the standards and offering education is the way forward.
6 courses accredited so far, see the site for further information.