Cats suffering in silence ... But APBC can help

apbc helping cats

Has your cat become “lazy”? Has she lost interest in going outside or stopped playing with her toys? Is she living upstairs under the bed? Or is she having accidents with the litter tray? Does she just not seem “like her old self?”

Public concerns for kids and dogs

small child walking dog

A dog can be a wonderful companion for children and there are many benefits to children from living with a dog. However, care needs to be taken when letting children take the dog out for a walk on their own. A recent event occurred where a client’s children of 7 and 9 years of age were out with their dog.

APBC promoting the best in pet behaviour at BVNA

APBC stand at BNVA before opening

APBC members are on hand all weekend to promote the best in pet behaviour at the British Veterinary Nursing Association Annual Congress.

The popular CPD courses, as well as information on membership to the APBC are just some of the topics being discussed.

Visitors have flocked to the stand on the first day for advice on careers in behaviour and ways to incorporate behavioural awareness into normal practice routine. It was nice to welcome plenty of familiar faces and new ones too. Hope to see you there.


APBC and RSPCA pair up to prevent dog aggression

happy dog APBC pairs with RSPCA on dog aggression
The public can look forward to more help from the APBC when dealing with aggressive dogs, thanks to a new project in conjunction with the RSPCA.
The APBC were delighted to have been able to contribute to the RSPCA’s public information programme by answering their most frequently asked questions on dog aggression

To dominate or not to dominate?

dog companion no dominance

To dominate or not to dominate, that is the question....
Recently the media have been discussing the divide between two factions of dog trainers/ behaviourists – portraying old school traditionalists versus the fluffy variety. In reality the situation is less clear cut but much of the current debate boils down to the ‘D’ word. In our jobs as Pet Behaviour Counsellors, many of the cases that we see are referred to us from the Veterinary Surgeon as displaying ‘dominance aggression toward owners’

APBC Members Present Research at International Conference

APBC provisional member Stephen Jenkinson reports on dog-human activity trail

Cutting-edge research is to be presented by APBC Members in Sweden. Dogs and physical activity, the human-animal relationship and owner-dog interaction form forward-thinking contributions on behalf of the APBC at a forthcoming international conference.

“Dog Whispering” Can Backfire

Dog that was aggressive towards people now reformed

Recently the APBC joined with national and international behaviour and welfare organisations in condemning some of the techniques used by Cesar Millan, the self-styled “Dog Whisperer”.

The reason for us taking a stand on this issue is because as dog behaviourists we often pick up the pieces when well-meaning but misguided attempts to “establish dominance” through force backfires on our clients and their dogs.  Rather than revisiting criticisms of the dominance myth and the risks of punishment-based training, I thought I would offer a real-world example of how attempts to replicate “dog whispering” can backfire.

APBC Views on Dangerous Dogs Legislation

dangerous dogs legislation apbc

In March 2010 the UK Government Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued a consultation document seeking views on whether current legislation relating to dangerous dogs adequately protects the public and encourages responsible dog ownership ( The consultation document consists of a series of questions for which, having taken views from APBC members, we have provided our answers for consideration (see below).

Rabbit 'Whisperer' Warning

rabbit sleeping normally

"Trancing rabbits" is an old fashioned rabbit fancier’s trick which is not only terrifying for rabbits but can be fatal. Rabbits can be put into a trance quite easily and it looks like magic. They appear to be motionless and relaxed.

Peace at mealtimes

dog look up begging at dinner time

A two-dog household learns some new rules about food.

Several years ago I introduced a ten week old female puppy into my household. At the time I already had a dog. He was eighteen months old and he’d been an only dog up until then.

All went well between my dog and the new puppy until the first mealtime. The puppy had a cage at one end of my very large living room and my existing dog got fed at the other. On that first mealtime, I gave the adult dog his meal and then walked across the room to put the puppy’s food in her cage.

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