Understanding the theory behind what we do gives you flexibility in practice. Having good intuitions can get you quite far, but learning the concepts that underpin them is a whole different depth of understanding. That’s why we require than an applicant demonstrate a thorough education in the core competencies of animal behavior consulting. This education can come from college courses, online courses, professional seminars and presentations, on-the-ground experience or a mix of sources. Next week, I’ll explain more about what our Core Competencies are and why they represent the heart of evidence-based behavior consulting.
Professional certification is a marker of confidence; specifically confidence that the work the consultant will do will live up to the standards of the certifying organization. If the public trusts that organization, they will trust the individuals they certify.
If you’re an animal trainer — dog, cat, horse, parrot, or anything else — and you’re considering taking on more complex behavior modification cases, you should be working towards certification by a professional body like IAABC.
From the Horse Division
Lindsy Murray is an IAABC Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant and an Associate Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant in Cheshire, UK.
Lindsy’s knowledge of equine behaviour, alongside her experience of working with rescued horses for over 25 years has enabled her to provide clients with a wealth of information and guidance to help them understand and resolve their horse’s problematic behaviours.
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From the Cat Division
Anneleen Bru (°1985) is graduated from the University of Southampton (UK) with a MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and founded the company Felinova Animal Behaviour Consulting in 2008. “Our mission is to bring an optimal harmony between cats and their owners, because we love happy cats and happy owners!”, says Anneleen, owner 5 beautiful sacred birmans herself, a breed that conquered her heart when she started breeding them at the age of 18.
From the Parrot Division
Westerners tend to increasingly treat their parrots and other pets as family members by including them in family holidays, outings, even weddings, and sometimes in their obituaries, should the pet outlive their owner, or in memorials when the pet dies. As nonhuman family members, scientific research demonstrates that animal companions may provide important social support. By elevating the pet to the status of a quasi-human, they may have access to the latest consumer trends in animal care products and veterinary medicine, their own designer clothing, and other attributes to which the well-meaning pet owner may have access. However, isn’t much of this anthropomorphism?