What makes a good Behaviourist?

The Dog Behaviour Industry is completely unregulated so make sure you pick the right expert

Did you know that the dog-training industry is totally unregulated, anyone can set themselves up and call themselves a ‘canine trainer or behaviourist’?

Lisa, one of our Behaviourist and Trustee for Sprocker Assist and Rescue talks in more detail:

Unfortunately when meeting some of my new clients they have been totally unaware that the industry is not regulated, parting with their hard earned cash for useless information and or methods with no plan to assist the guardian and their dog.

This has become more prolific over the years due to social media and so called TV trainers which is based wholly on making a brand for themselves in order to stand out from the crowd only to gain followers, only caring about being the next influencer or the next payout without giving a second thought to the emotional wellbeing of dog at the other end of the leash.

The explosion of dog trainers, both online and offline, further highlights the need for regulation in the dog training industry and calls for change are growing but will it ever happen. Professional organisations and humane societies are advocating for the adoption of science-based methods. These methodologies focus on building a strong, trusting relationship between dogs and their guardians.

At Wagology we are qualified and accredited dog trainers and behavior practioners with our background within the rescue sector with myself working with Sprocker Assist and Rescue and Emily previously working for RSPCA.

We only use science based force free postive reinforcement methodologies and align ourselves with bodies such as Pet Professional Network, IMDT, IAABC, ICAN.

Rest assured that we only collaborate or recommend other professionals within their field of expertise.
Always make sure that your professional is qualified, accredited and fully insured to cover your dog.

We are all now fully aware of recent changes in legislation regarding dangerous dogs and the XL Bully has now been added to the list. The five breeds banned by the Dangerous Dogs Act are:

XL Bully
Pit Bull Terrier
Japanese Tosa
Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro

Some insurance companies have also changed their stance, so it is imperative that you check that your professional has the required insurance not just to work with you but also their premises. If anyone requires further information or has concerns about the new legislation then check out Deed Not Breed LTD for free advice.

It’s all about the dog and the ‘Dog Matters’.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your dog or about a behaviourist you are thinking about using.

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