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The APBC(Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) is delighted to announce that David Ryan and Claire Arrowsmith have been accepted as Full Members. David and Claire are the first provisional members to have progressed through the APBC’s tiered membership scheme. Founded in 1989, the APBC is recognised as the professional association for companion animal behaviour consultants. It offers a four tier membership, Student, Provisional, Academic and Full. Acceptance criteria for Full Membership is high and all members work strictly on veterinary referral.

David Ryan has been a dog handler with Cumbria Police for twenty five years and a Home Office Approved Instructor for twelve years. He is the only police dog handling instructor in the country to have gained Southampton University’s postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and to become a member of the APBC. He is particularly interested in promoting understanding of the effects of inherited internally reinforcing behaviour and how to control the expression of it in misunderstood dogs.

Claire Arrowsmith holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from Edinburgh University. Initially she was the Post Placement Training Instructor for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People where she dealt with behavioural or training problems. In 2003 Claire set up her own behavioural practice in Caterham, Surrey. Claire is also a ‘ Puppy School’ tutor and holds regular advisory evenings for new, or potential, puppy owners. She has recently become involved in making a range of informative DVDs for new dog owners interested in specific breeds.

For full details of membership or details of members and clinics visit or contact the APBC office: PO Box 46, Worcester, WR8 9YS Tel/Fax: 0386 751151, e-mail: info [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk