Dog & Cat Behaviourist
Ashley has a post graduate diploma in in animal behaviour counselling from the university of Southampton as well as holding an honours degree in animal science, care and management. Ashley is also a member of the association of pet behaviour counsellors* working under the strict code of conduct as set out by the organisation. Ashley has over thirty years experience of working with dogs, cats and horses, and currently has two cats and a dog that live with her in Broadstairs, Kent.
Reasons for using a qualified animal behaviourist:
A good professional behaviourist will have the equivalent of a university education. They will always use current and the most ethical techniques backed up by the known scientific knowledge. They should also, ideally be a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) working under strict codes of conduct. A good professional behaviourist will have the relevant qualifications (usually a post graduate diploma) and will practise using scientific knowledge based around the most current techniques. The profession is currently unregulated in the UK which means that anyone can practise as a behaviourist, and while there are many people who have a lot of experience, there are also many who through lack of sufficient knowledge will give bad advice. This can result in little or no resolution to the problem and may even make things worse, sometimes leading to tragic consequences. The qualified behaviourist would have studied for some considerable time and gained an accredited academic qualification to back up the work that they do.
Guarantees and quick fixes
Also be aware if someone offers a ‘quick fix’ to a particular problem. There is no such thing. Problem behaviours often develop over a long period of time. Treating the problem takes time and patience and success will depend largely on the commitment of both the owner and the behaviourist. The qualified behaviourist will ensure that the treatment programme is suited for both pet and owner.
* Provisional membership is available to all those who have studied at degree level and higher and have achieved relevant academic accreditation in order to join the APBC. Once the behaviourist has achieved the requisite experience they can become a full member.
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