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Adoption/Foster Assessments

As the leading pet behaviour experts in the field, APBC Members have been used by a number of agencies to assess animals and the homes of potential adoptive parents or foster carers. In response to demand, a standard protocol for use in this context has been developed and the APBC can now provide this service via a special network of participating Full Members.

The service is designed primarily for dogs but may also be used for other animals.

The assessment process involves:

  • A visit to the home lasting approximately 1 & 1/2 hours
  • A report sent to the agency requesting the assessment, to include:
    • Owner experience and relationship with the animal(s)
    • Exposure and behaviour in various social situations, training background, and health issues
    • Practical considerations regarding home environment
    • Temperament and behaviour with members of the household, visitors, general public, and children (0-5yrs, 5-10yrs, 10+years)
    • A professional opinion on the risks these animals present to children, particularly those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Advice regarding the introduction of children and animals

The cost for this service is at the discretion of the individual member providing the service in that area.

List of Members that offer this service:


NORTH-EAST
Name Victoria WELSH
Location County Durham
Region north-east
Bio Providing home consults across the North East for all dog behaviour problems. Also puppy training and online consultations.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 0191 4102325
SOUTH-EAST
Name Natalie Light
Location Hampshire
Region south-east
Species Seen Dog
SOUTH-WEST
Name Rosie Bescoby
Location Bristol/North Somerset
Region south-west
Bio Pet Sense provides behaviour consultations for dogs, cats and rabbits in and around Bristol and North Somerset. New pet problem prevention consultations are also available. Media work welcome.
Species Seen Dogs, Cats & Rabbits
Phone 07817478707
Name Ali Scott BSc (Hons) PG Dip CABC
Location Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Region south-west
Bio Ali provides a comprehensive service for pet owners in the diagnosis, treatment and management of behaviour and training problems in dogs and cats. Positive, reward based methods are used, promoting the highest standards of animal welfare and allowing people to learn how to communicate with their pets, without the need for force. Ali provides a minimum of 12 months support for all behaviour cases. Based in Malmesbury, Ali covers areas including Chippenham, Swindon, Stroud, Cirencester, Gloucester, Bath & Bristol.
Species Seen Dogs and Cats
Phone 07548 609718
EAST-ANGLIA
Name Lucy Bingley
Location Suffolk
Region east-anglia
Species Seen DOGS, CATS
Phone 07879493520
INTERNATIONAL
Name Maureen Byrne
Location Offaly
Region international
Bio All behavioural issues
Species Seen Dog
Phone 086 8200010
YORKSHIRE-AND-THE-HUMBER
Name Kay McGuire MSc, BSc (hons)
Location Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire
Region yorkshire-and-the-humber
Species Seen Dogs
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
Name Carrie Chilvers (Evans)
Location North Yorkshire
Region phone-virtual-consults-uk
Bio Multi Dog Households & Aggression
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 01642 670404
WALES
Name Claire Hargrave
Location Wales
Region wales
Species Seen Canine and Feline
Phone 07907083668

EAST-MIDLANDS
EAST-ANGLIA
Name Laura Travis
Location St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Region
east-midlands
east-anglia

Bio Behaviour consultations on vet referral. Full member of the APBC, ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, ABTC registered Animal Training Instructor.
Species Seen Dogs

WEST-MIDLANDS
WALES
Name Bryony Francis
Location Monmouthshire
Region
west-midlands
wales

Bio Regional Clinical Animal Behaviourist for the RSPCA, Wales & The Midlands. Private cases also taken: waiting list may apply.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone +44 (0) 7904063229

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
NORTH-WEST
Name Jo Wriglesworth
Location Cheshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
north-west

Bio Full member of APBC since 2010, Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist
Species Seen Dogs and Cats

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
SOUTH-EAST
Name Deborah Fry
Location Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and parts of West Sussex / Remote-based consultations nationally
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
south-east

Bio Deborah is based in Hampshire and travels across the South of England for behaviour assessments. She works with dogs, cats and rabbits exhibiting all problem behaviours. Deborah also offers nationwide remote-based services.
Species Seen Dogs, cats and rabbits
Phone 01252 629836

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
SOUTH-WEST
Name Emma Brown
Location Cornwall / Devon / Somerset
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
south-west

Bio Emma qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2001. She spent 15 years in mixed practice before moving to small animal practice in 2016. Emma is particularly interested in the links between disease and animal behaviour and especially how an understanding of behaviour can improve the welfare of the animals that share our lives. In 2014 Emma completed a post graduate diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Newcastle University. Emma is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Veterinary Behaviourist.
Species Seen Cat / Dog
Phone 01208 72323
Name Helen Jarratt BSc (Hons) PG Dip CABC CCAB
Location Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
south-west

Bio Happy to help owners to love life with their dogs. Over 20 years experience with a wide variety of issues. I am particularly keen on over-excitable dogs and puppy training to prevent problems developing.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07759743996

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
YORKSHIRE-AND-THE-HUMBER
Name Morag Heirs, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP
Location York/North Yorkshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Bio Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd, Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across Yorkshire. Specialist in: using scentwork in rehabilitation, repetitive behaviours, separation related distress, fears and phobias (esp noise related), legal assessments, deaf and/or blind dogs. Working with colleagues who specialise in dog:dog aggression.
Species Seen canines
Phone 07786864700

COVER-ALL-OF-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
Name Dr Candy d'Sa
Location Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Wiltshire, London, Herts, Bucks, nationwide for legal cases
Region
cover-all-of-uk
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international

Bio Behaviour Consultant and Expert Witness, 17 years experience
Species Seen Dogs, cats
Phone 07788 872728

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
NORTH-EAST
YORKSHIRE-AND-THE-HUMBER
Name Loni Loftus
Location North Yorkshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
north-east
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Species Seen Horses, Cats and Dogs
Phone 07754189319

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
NORTH-WEST
WALES
Name Erica Peachey
Location Merseyside and Cheshire and North Wales
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
north-west
wales

Bio i have been a behaviour consultant for over thirty years. Behaviour consultations Pet dog and puppy classes. One-to-one training sessions. Court assessments. Fostering and adoption assessments. Online consultations and classes. TV work.
Species Seen Dogs, Cats
Phone 01516252568

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
GREATER-LONDON
SOUTH-EAST
Name Dr Laura McAuliffe
Location Surrey (venue in Redhill and also Chertsey)
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
greater-london
south-east

Bio Laura sees clients across Surrey and the South East of England, seeing clients at the private Dog Communication venue and also seeing clients in their homes. Specialising in reactivity and anxiety issues but also experienced in a wide range of behavioural issues.
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 0777 3227789
Name Jane Williams
Location Essex
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
greater-london
south-east

Bio Jane has experience seeing a variety of behaviour problems including aggression cases.
Species Seen Dogs Cats Reptiles
Phone 07973985009

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
EAST-MIDLANDS
Name Naomi Andrews
Location Nottinghamshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
east-midlands

Bio I am a Clinical Animal Behaviourist helping owners of pets with behaviour they would like to better understand or change. I use package structures to provide ongoing support throughout the training with physical and virtual sessions available.
Species Seen Dogs, cats
Phone 07800764810

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
GREATER-LONDON
Name Penaran Higgs
Location London, but virtual consults can be UK or international.
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
greater-london

Bio I hold a degree in psychology and worked with children with special needs before re-training as a Companion Animal Behaviour Counsellor. I am a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, registered by the ABTC as both a behaviourist and a trainer I assess trainers for the APDT. I offer behaviour consultations (and training) for London and surrounding areas, but can work online anywhere in the world. I use only kind and reward based methods to help dogs and cats behave in a way that their owners would prefer.
Species Seen Dogs and Cats
Phone 07471 821 696

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
YORKSHIRE-AND-THE-HUMBER
Name Gemma Stephen BSc Hons
Location Grimsby, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
yorkshire-and-the-humber

Bio I specialise & consult in all dog behavioural cases on a 1-2-1 basis or online platforms. I also run specialsed behaviour classes for puppys, adolescent/adult dogs, reactive dogs & scent games (classes are based in Grimsby area)
Species Seen Dogs
Phone 07872472721

COVER-ALL-OF-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
SCOTLAND
Name Elaine Henley
Location Ayrshire, Glasgow, West of Scotland, East of Scotland, Highlands, Borders
Region
cover-all-of-uk
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
scotland

Bio Elaine provides behaviour consultations for dogs, parrots and cats; as well as expert witness reports.
Species Seen Dog, Parrot and Cats
Phone 01294 833764

PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
EAST-MIDLANDS
EAST-ANGLIA
Name Karen Wild, CCAB
Location Lincolnshire
Region
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
east-midlands
east-anglia

Bio All aspects of behaviour work taken, including severely aggressive behaviour, separation anxiety, resource guarding
Species Seen Dogs, cats
Phone 01778560465

COVER-ALL-OF-UK
INTERNATIONAL
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-UK
PHONE-VIRTUAL-CONSULTS-INTERNATIONAL
NORTH-WEST
Name Debbie Busby
Location South Manchester/Cheshire
Region
cover-all-of-uk
international
phone-virtual-consults-uk
phone-virtual-consults-international
north-west

Bio I help dog and horse owners who are at their wits' end to get back their best friend by providing an expert behavioural service. Virtual/On-line, home and yard consultations are available. I have a BSc in Psychology, a Masters in Animal Behaviour, graduate membership of the British Psychological Society and a lifetime of training and rehabilitating difficult dogs and horses, including my beloved horse Rusty, who arrived knowing nothing except how to rear over backwards and became my best eventing buddy, and Finn my favourite lurcher whom I met when he was on his one way to trip to the vets for aggression and who lived the rest of his life with me as my dog of a lifetime. I also love mentoring up and coming behaviour practitioners and supervising animal behaviour students. I provide expert witness services and am available internationally for talks, lectures and workshop on all aspects of behaviour, consulting and human behaviour change. Whatever the behaviour problem you’re having, everything seems better after a nice cup of tea and a sit down, so book a free telephone consultation to find out how I can help you, using the link that you'll find at my website.
Species Seen Dogs, Horses
Phone 07748 369424
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