Do you know that right now anyone can call themselves an animal behaviourist? There is currently no legislation protecting the term, so any random bloke down the pub can claim to be a behaviourist and charge you for the privilege.
This can make it extremely difficult for people to the find the correct people to help with behavioural problems with their dogs and other animals. Often leading to people seeking out help from individuals that are not qualified and do not have the right experience for the job, this can ultimately lead to problems worsening instead of improving.
The Animal Behaviour and Training Council which was set up by 25 of the leading animal organisations in the country, including the BVASA, RSPCA, SSPCA, Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs, etc., has just launched their register of Clinical Animal Behaviourists.
Visit the following link to view approved trainers and behaviourists: www.abtcouncil.org.uk
You can read more about what that actually means at the above link but it basically means that those listed are highly qualified professionals with all the relevant qualifications and experience, they also work along side vets on very case.
There are currently two Clinical Animal Behaviourists listed by The Animal Behaviour and Training Council in Scotland… Elaine Henley at Animal Behaviour Clinic & Take the Lead Dog School and Mat Ward – Dog and Cat Behaviourist. Depending on your insurance provider their service are most likely covered under your pet insurance policy!
If you need help in where to turn for behavioural advice please feel free to contact us and we will point you in the right direction.