In the UK animal trainers, training instructors and behaviourists are not regulated by government. This means that anyone – whatever their training, learning or experience – can call themselves an animal trainer or a behaviourist.
Some trainers, instructors and behaviourists belong to organisations who assess their skills and knowledge. Others do not. All the trainers, instructors and behaviourists listed here are assessed by their organisations to be sure that they meet the standards set by the ABTC.
The easy way for you to know as an owner that a trainer or behaviourist is using up to date methods and keeps up to date with their own understanding is to look for members of ABTC organisations. Outdated methods which have been shown to be harmful to the welfare of your pet are not used by ABTC trainers and behaviourists.
The ABTC requires trainers and behaviourists to use science-based methods and to keep up to date with current thinking based on the latest research evidence.
ABTC trainers and behaviourists have been assessed as having the knowledge and skills to be competent and humane in their work with animals and their owners.
Information for Dogs
The Dogs Trust
Why do they do it and what can you do? Many dogs show unwanted behaviour, whether they have come from rescue or not, but why does this happen and what can you do about it? All dogs are individuals and have different genetics and experiences that will shape how they turn out and interact with their owners, other people, dogs and animals – so it’s really hard, if not impossible to generalise about them. However, there are some common factors that could create problems in dogs, so we will describe these problems in this factsheet ….
Click here to read more about Dog Behaviour Problems from the Dogs Trust https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/
As Gwen Bailey of Puppy School says ‘“Problems are never successfully solved by force and domination; intelligent thought and knowledge finds a solution that works for all”. Puppy School has some good information about puppies on their website http://www.dogproblemssolved.com/
‘Dogs and children can be great friends and having a dog can help children develop kindness, understanding and respect for living things.’ RSPCA has some good resources, including a ‘top tips’ video about keeping children safe and dogs happy
The Blue Dog
The Blue Dog programme is a free to access information site with free teaching materials for the professional educator. It covers many aspects of dog ownership and staying safe around dogs. https://www.thebluedog.org/en/
Ethical Dog Training
As part of our ongoing work to promote humane practice in the training and behaviour therapy of animals we have prepared a statement detailing our position on ethical dog training.
Welfare in Dog Training
This is an old website – built when ABTC was being founded – but still has excellent advice on identifying good practice in dog training and more: http://www.dogwelfarecampaign.org/index.php
Information for Cats
Information for new cat owners and some common behaviour problems can be found in the behaviour guide created by Cats Protection:
Cats Protection have a FREE online learning course called Understanding Feline Origins. It can be accessed at http://learnonline.cats.org.uk/content/ufo/index.html
International Cat Care
Having a baby is a time of big change as you adapt to the seemingly huge needs of a very small new human. It is often all consuming and you worry about everything. As with all things, a bit of planning and thinking ahead can make a lot of difference and also give you some peace of mind. Important advice is available at: Cats and Babies https://icatcare.org/advice/cats-and-babies/
Information for Equines
International Society for Equitation Science
Position statement on the use/misuse of leadership and dominance concepts in horse training.
Information for Other Animals
Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
APBC have some top-tips for rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, parrots, reptiles and horses https://www.apbc.org.uk/pet-tips-and-articles/
Many ABTC members have interesting articles and resources on a wide range of animals that we share our lives with.