Colin Spender BA(Hons) H Dip PDI MGoDT (MT)
Colin Spender has over 30 years’ experience of working and training with dogs, having developed his skills, techniques and understanding of dogs primarily within the British Police Service. Colin is a Home Office Qualified & Accredited Police Dog Instructor (H Dip PDI). He retired from the police service in September 2015 after 30 years exemplary service, 26 years of working and training police dogs.
Colin is an expert witness for Criminal and Civil Court cases involving dog related issues, he is an accredited Dog Legislation Officer (DLO) and recognised by the courts as such, in particular for cases involving banned breeds and dangerous dogs.
Whilst serving as a DLO and since retiring from the police force, Colin has worked on approximately 1,000 dog related cases and has attended both Magistrate and Crown Courts many times to give expert witness evidence covering all areas of dog related cases, from worrying livestock, dangerously out of control in public places, breaches to dog control orders and banned breed ‘type’ dogs.
Colin now owns and runs his own behavioural and training facilities in Dorset, carrying out behavioural consultations, training and educational training programmes for owners of dogs.
Qualifications & Associations with Recognised Organisations
BA(Hons) - Professional practice dog behaviour, training and psychology
H Dip PDI - Higher Diploma in Police Dog Instruction
MGoDT (MT) - Member of Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Trainer)
MCFBA - Member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (Colin is also Director of Law for CFBA)
MBIPDT - Member of British Institute Professional Dog Trainers
DLO - Expert Witness Dog Legislation Officer (Dangerous and banned breed dogs)
CIDBT - Tutor for the Cambridge Institute Dog Behaviour and Training