The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) and the National Dog Warden Association (NDWA) are pleased to be providing training in relation to dog control.

The training will be delivered in two parts and while delegates are able to book on just one part, it would be encouraged for delegates to attend both parts.

The training has been developed with the support of the Scottish Government Criminal Law, Practice and Licensing Unit and the funding made available to enhance the training of those holding the dog warden role in Local Authorities can be utilized to send delegates. If your place is to be funded by this funding please note “Scottish Government” in the relevant box on the booking form and record the name of your own local authority Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland (SoCOEHS) representative who has approved your attendance at the training.

Effective and consistent enforcement across Scotland is crucial in addressing issues relating to dogs.

The training will provide details of the current legislation and a background to the development of that legislation; procedures on dealing with complaints regarding potentially out of control dogs; how to write, and what to write on, a Dog Control Notice; presentations from dog behaviourists showing how/why dogs react in different situations and the means to influence that reaction, and means of ensuring the safety of the enforcement officer when dealing with dog control complaints.

Pre course reading

Delegates will be expected to be familiar with the content of the following:

Scottish Government Guidance

National Protocol between Police Scotland and Local Authorities

Part I of the training will be delivered through MS Teams, on four separate occasions:

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Tuesday 13 December 2022

Tuesday 7 February 2023

The number of delegates at each session will be limited to 20, to allow for interaction, question asking and participating in work groups. It is requested that candidates from the same local authority select different dates to attend the online training.

The cost for attendance at Part I is £100 (25% discount is available for REHIS individual members).

Part II of the training will be delivered at the Dewars Centre, Perth on Thursday 3 November 2022.

***Bookings for this part must be made by Friday 28 October.***

The cost for attendance at Part II is £200 (25% discount is available for REHIS individual members).

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the Dewars Centre.

The agenda for both parts is below.

Bookings can be made through  Dog Control Training

Participation in both parts of this event carries a maximum value of 11 hours for the REHIS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. The CPD Scheme is based on the principle that individuals allocate an amount of time based on their own learning and/or development achieved during an activity.

PART I Agenda

9 – 9.15 Welcome and Introductions

Catherine Busson/Louise Cunningham, REHIS

9.15 – 9.45 Legislation Background and reasons

Jim Wilson, Scottish Government

9.45 – 10.30 Dealing with a Report of an Out of Control Dog

Alison Robertson, NDWA

10.30 – 11.00 Dog Control Notices

Hazel Stevenson, Dog Control and Dangerous Dogs Working Group

11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.00 Practice Notice Writing


12.00 – 12.45 Lunch
12.45 – 13.30 Feedback/Discussion from Work Groups on Notice Writing

Hazel Stevenson

13.30 – 15.00 Personal Safety

Dynamis Training

15.00 – 15.15 Break
15.15 – 16.00 Procurator Fiscal Perspective

Emma Ritchie

16.00 – 16.15 Questions and Close

Catherine Busson/Louise Cunningham, REHIS

Part II Agenda – Thursday 3 November – Gannochy Suite, Dewars Centre, Perth

9.00 – 9.15 Welcome and Introductions

Alison Robertson, NDWA

9.15 – 10.30 The Road to a Dog Bite (and how to avoid walking a dog down it)

David Ryan, Dog Secrets

10.30 – 11.00 Promoting Responsible Dog Ownership

Jennifer Terris, Dog’s Trust

11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.15 Personal Safety Around Dogs

Alison Robertson, NDWA

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30


Behaviour of Dogs

River McDonald, Edinburgh Dog Behaviour

14.30 – 14.50 Break
14.50 – 16.00 Behaviour of Dogs cont’d

River McDonald, Edinburgh Dog Behaviour

16.00 – 16.15 Questions and Close

Alison Robertson, NDWA

  • Event Date
    13/12/2022 9:00 am
  • Event End Date
    13/12/2022 4:15 pm
  • Event Location
    MS Teams
  • Additional Files