Just what are the most common behavioural issues seen by animal behaviourists?
The PDSA have just published their annual report and once again behavioural issues are foremost in their findings. In their report they state that ‘62% of pet owners have been concerned or frightened by another dog’ and highlight the importance of exercise to help improve behaviour and to address the huge concerns regarding dog obesity.
In their most recent annual review of behavioural cases 2012 the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) reported that 65% of canine primary problems involved aggression towards dogs and people with 36% towards known and unknown people and animal professionals such as vets and groomers.
Rosie Barclay (APBC Chair) believes that better education is needed to help people understand dog behaviour and that the advice given should be of a standard you can trust. She states “there is a lot of misinformation and dangerous advice out there especially regarding the mistaken belief that we should ‘dominate’ our dogs and use punishing techniques rather than guiding and rewarding them for behaviour we do want to see. We need to make sure that anyone working in the canine industry is at an appropriate standard to give owners the correct advice”.
The APBC welcomes the move towards trusted and clearer standards such as those set by the The Animal Behavior & Training Council a regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviorists.
Rosie says ‘if we are to decrease these behavioral problems in our dogs we must be able to trust what we read and are being told.’
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
The APBC, founded in 1989, is the leading organisation in the field of companion animal behaviour and many of its members are at the cutting edge of the latest research into this rapidly growing discipline. The APBC organises a number of seminars and events throughout the year for both the veterinary and behaviour professions. Further information can be found at www.apbc.org.uk.