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The APBC’s (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) Annual Review figures, for cases seen in 2005, show that the two most common behaviour problems occurring in pets are dog aggression and cat indoor toileting problems.

Based on a representative sample from data submitted by full APBC members it was found that over 50% of the problems treated in dogs were related to aggression and approximately 40% of the cat cases analysed for the report were referred for toileting problems. The most common dog breeds seen for behaviour problems were mongrels, Labradors and German Shepherds, and the most common cats were Domestic Short Hair, Burmese and Siamese.

Donna Brander, APBC Chairman, commented ‘These figures confirm the trend that we have seen for a number of years. Cats can display a number of behavioural problems, but as indoor toileting directly affects the owner, it is often the behaviour that they seek help for, rather than other, less obvious, behaviour problems such as inter-cat aggression in the home, attention seeking or over attachment to the owner. Aggression in dogs can be a frightening experience and the behaviour is often misunderstood, so it is important to obtain professional behaviour advice as the problem can escalate if not handled properly. A common problem that many pet owners do not realise they can obtain behaviour advice on is that of firework phobia. Thousands of pets are affected by phobias, and could be helped ’.

The APBC has been publishing an Annual Review of Cases since 1994 and is the leading organisation for qualified and experienced pet behaviour counsellors. Many insurance companies will cover the cost of a behaviour consultation with an APBC Member. For further information on the APBC and full findings of the 2005 and previous years’ Annual Reviews, visit the APBC website at