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Collars and Scholars: Building a Better Future for Dogs through Education and Collaboration



In the ever-evolving field of dog science, our dedication to ongoing learning is crucial. It's not just about meeting professional standards; it's rooted in our commitment to the well-being of dogs and their owners. As dog professionals, our commitment to continual education is driven by the need to stay abreast of the latest practices and research, ensuring we provide the best possible support and care. As we gather canine knowledge, our pursuit of understanding is motivated by improving our ability to serve the needs of dogs and their human families effectively. Each new piece of knowledge or skill we acquire is a step towards enhancing our expertise and ability to help dogs and their people.


This commitment to learning is a collective effort, involving engagement with fellow professionals, dog guardians, and the broader community. It's a process of growth that requires us to be adaptable, informed, and always seeking to better ourselves. Because at the core of our work is a simple principle: the better equipped we are, the more effectively we can advocate for and support the dogs that rely on us.


Emphasising Evidence-based Learning


It's so easy to get lost in the social media world of dog behaviour. This is particularly important to remember on behalf of dogs and their people, because there is a lot of outdated and incorrect advice shared. In an era teeming with information, distinguishing between anecdotal advice and evidence-based knowledge is crucial. The digital landscape, while resource-rich, is also fraught with unverified information, making it imperative for canine professionals to seek out learning from reputable and proven sources. This commitment to evidence-based learning is crucial in adopting practices that are not only effective but also safe and humane.


Adapting to Evolving Best Practices


The field of canine behaviour and training is constantly evolving, driven by ongoing research and scientific debate. Practices that were once deemed best are now subject to scrutiny and reevaluation. By aligning ourselves with continuous education from accredited institutions, peer-reviewed journals, and recognised experts, we remain adaptable and informed, ready to implement the most current and beneficial strategies for canine care.



NICE believes in the power of collaboration. Affiliations underscore our commitment to working alongside ethical organisations and education providers to promote the highest standards of canine welfare. Through this collaborative spirit, we strive to foster a supportive network that benefits both dog guardians and the professionals who serve them.


Leveraging Community and Networks for Learning


Continued learning transcends formal education, encompassing workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional networking. These avenues provide invaluable opportunities for sharing experiences, debating ideas, and staying abreast of the latest in canine research and methodologies. Such vibrant community engagement enriches our professional journey, enabling us to contribute more effectively to the lives of dogs and those who care for them.


A Lifelong Commitment to Canine Welfare


The path of a canine professional is inherently tied to a lifelong commitment to learning. By sourcing our education from credible, proven avenues and engaging in collaborative efforts with organisations like the ABTC and initiatives such as the UK Dog Charter, we reaffirm our dedication to the highest standards of care and ethical practice. This dedication not only enhances our professional standing but, most importantly, ensures that we offer unparalleled support to the dogs and communities we serve. As we continue on this journey, let us celebrate continued learning not as an obligation but as a privilege and a source of joy, in our enduring mission to enrich the lives of our canine companions.




As a member of NICE you get access to all our webinars, live and recorded. Plus you can join our regular support meetings and if your aim is to get on the ABTC register, we can help you with that too.






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