It’s a dog’s life – the what and who of training and behaviour

McBride, E. A. (2010) It’s a dog’s life – the what and who of training and behaviour. In, Corridan, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the CABTSG Study Day – Management of Repetitive Behaviours and Regulation of Dogs Trainers and Behaviourists in the UK. England, GB, Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy Study Group, 31-35.


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A discussion of the roles of Animal Trainer, Animal Training Instructor and Clinical Animal Behaviourist, with particular reference to the dog. A critical consideration for the need for professionalisation and possible legislation of this industry.

It considers the various roles of the trainer and the behaviourist and how these relate to the canine development and the welfare of the dog, owner and society at large.

It then outlines the knowledge base needs for efficacy in the roles, both of theoretical understanding and of practical skills. Finally, consideration is given to the debate of how such knowledge can be / should be acquired, the need for registration and the overarching requirement for any such registration body to be and to be seen to be appropriate, competent and independent.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: animal behaviour, training, education, dog training
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology
ePrint ID: 146145
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2010 12:51
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:20

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