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Why Should Animal Behaviour /Training Be Regulated?
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Anti-social canine behaviour has hit the headlines over the last few years and as a result many more people (dog owners or not) have become sensitive to the antics of our four-legged friends.
Accompanying this media attention has been a surge in ‘canine professionals’, people who want to train dogs, walk dogs, massage dogs, swim dogs, communicate with dogs, you name it, they’re there!
The problem is that many of these ‘professionals’ do not have any formal qualifications or belong to any professional accreditation body who adjudicates and regulates their competence.
We Know this is a long list of 'small print' but having the exemplary standards and skills required to satisfy the ABTC charter is something we're proud to offer our owners
THE ABTC CHARTER - ALL PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS ARE PROFICIENT IN THE BELOW
A thorough understanding of dog behaviour and psychology
Critical assessment and evaluation of the animals
The ability to discern the effects of environmental and outside influences, plus diet and exercise
An understanding of animal welfare and dog laws
The ability to identify and act to ensure the welfare of the animal
The ability to distinguish between methods and regimes of behaviour modification and treatment
INTO Dogs uses only “positive”, force-free methods.
An understanding of health care, complementary therapies and nutraceuticals
A demonstration of the use of skills and competency in a wide range of behavioural techniques and training aids
The ability to put together a written “action plan” for behaviour modification
The ability to identify ethical or welfare issues
The ability to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the work
The ability to maintain a high level of conduct and integrity with clients
To contribute to current research through continued study
Members must have a thorough understanding of animal ethology, including perceptual abilities, the senses, social behaviours and communication, functions, motivational drives and the interpretation of body language and vocalising, and a basic understanding of the neuroscience
The ability to recognise, evaluate, report on and work with all behavioural states, and to understand the signals that indicate key states such as fear, anxiety, nervousness, aggression, conflict reduction and resolution, play and relaxation. Members must have the knowledge to determine whether health issues or pain are linked in with the individual’s behaviour and emotional and mental states
An understanding of behavioural ontogeny
An understanding of influences of the environment and others within the environment on behaviour, and of the interaction between evolutionary and biological influences as regards the development of behavioural disorders
An understanding of the effects and consequences of health issues and medical disorders on behaviour, and the ability to recognise the presence of a medical cause
A knowledge of classes of veterinary drugs commonly used, and of the indications, contra-indications and correct use of psychopharmacological intervention
The ability to deliver an appropriate structure for an effective treatment programme for identified behavioural disorders
An understanding of dog laws and animal welfare laws in the UK, Europe and America.
An understanding of the ethical guidelines in relationship to the use of animals
Taking the example of trainers and behaviourists. Anyone may call themselves a ‘trainer’ or ‘behaviourist’ - there are many terms; communicator, whisperer etc.
Without formal study and subsequent qualifications, there's likely to be very poor, incomplete or totally inaccurate diagnosis of the problem which of course results in a completely inaccurate and ineffective treatment plan. Some 'trainers/behaviourists' claim to be qualified but have only studied online or recieved 'qualifications' from an organization with no external adjudication.
Methods used may be insensitive and completely lacking the depth of understanding required to remediate the problem, or take into account medical issues which may be complicating factors.
The overall effect may be at best detrimental to the dog and at worse harmful, exacerbating the original complaint.
The Animal Behaviour Training and Welfare Council (ABTC) is the regulatory body created to represent trainers and behaviourists.
It sets exemplary standards of knowledge and practical skills required for these professions which all members must first attain in order to gain access to the register and then maintain through continued professional development. DEFRA and the Government refer to the ABTC in matters referring to animal behaviour.
Anna Francesca Bradley MSc BSc (hons) is an accredited animal behaviourist with the ABTC.
You wouldn't choose any unregulated Dr! It's the same when choosing your trainer or behaviourist
What's Being Done?
Your Dog Deserves It
Results Of Non-Regulation?
So What's Happening?