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Why Should Animal Behaviour & Training Be Regulated?
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.
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
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