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Find a clinical animal behaviourist

Pets can develop a range of behaviour problems. These behaviours are often a sign that your pet is unhappy.

The range of behaviours displayed can be:

  • Aggression
  • Destructiveness
  • Toileting issues
  • Self-harming
  • Barking
  • Howling
  • Nervousness
  • Phobia

Here's what to do if your dog develops behaviour issues.

Ask your vet first

If your pet develops a behaviour problem, you should start by asking your vet for advice. Your vet can check to see if your dog is ill or injured as either could be a cause of behaviour issues in your pet.

If your vet can't find anything wrong, they can refer you to an animal behaviour expert.

How to find a behaviour expert

It's important to find an accredited behaviour expert. A behaviour expert must have up-to-date knowledge or skills to treat pets with behaviour problems. Outdated advice or methods could make your pet's behaviour worse.

The Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC)

The Animal Behaviour and Training Council sets and oversees standards of professional competence. This also includes animal welfare in the training and behaviour therapy of animals.

ABTC-Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourists and Veterinary Behaviourists have been trained and assessed as having the right skills, knowledge and experience to support you and your pet.

ABTC-registered specialists will work with you to identify the cause of your pet's behaviour problem. They will develop structured treatment plans that are suitable for you, your pet and your circumstances. 

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