Pet Behaviour Problems
Where Are We?
Hargrave is the only Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist accredited
by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) working in
Wales. She is also a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour
Counsellors. As the animal behaviour profession is as yet unregulated,
and to ensure that a behaviourist has an adequate level of practical
and theoretical experience, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
and the R.S.P.C.A. advise veterinary surgeons and members of the public
to ensure that they only seek advice from behaviourists accredited by
ASAB or who hold APBC membership.
Claire has been awarded the
Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling by
Southampton University, has a diploma in animal behaviour from the
Centre of Applied Pet Ethology and holds an MSc in Animal Behaviour
from Southampton University's School of Psychology.
Claire owns Companion Animal Behaviour Referrals, a referral practice
that enables veterinary practitioners to refer behaviour cases of all
companion animal species to a recognised specialist. Claire is a
regular speaker and lecturer in veterinary behaviour topics for
veterinary CPD, under-graduate and postgraduate courses.
Claire advises the Welsh Government on companion animal behaviour and
emotional welfare issues. Clare is also a member of the expert panel
for the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding. (Please
Claire is able to offer experience and applied knowledge attained while
working within the veterinary practice for over 30 years.
Clinical Animal Behaviourist differs form a dog trainer in that they
not only have practical experience in training and teaching dogs, but
they also have post-graduate level academic experience of the ethology,
psychology, neurophysiology, pharmacology, legal and welfare issues
associated with a wide range of companion animal species and essential
for assisting owners in treating their pet's behaviour problems.
Nellist is a pet and equine behaviour counsellor and experienced
trainer who assists Claire with behaviour consultations and training at
Companion Animal Behavioural Referrals. Jenni holds a BSc (Hons) in
Equine Science and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal
Behaviour Counselling; she has just finished her MSc with the
University of Southampton's School of Psychlogy, where she has also
worked as an occasional lecturer. Jenni also runs equine workshops for
horse owners who wish to understand their horse's emotional
Jenni has a special interest in the use of positive reinforcement for the training of dogs and horses.
Marshall is the office manager at CABR and is training to become a
Clinical Animal Behaviourist through ASAB. Natalie holds a BSc (Hons)
in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Bournemouth University and has undertaken MSc modules in
Clinical Procedures and Health with Newcastle University. She is also a
provisional member of the APBC.
has a keen interest in canine aggression and aims to specialise in this
area in the future. In her spare time, Natalie assists with puppy and
dog training classes and teaches animal training and welfare
voluntarily at Usk Agricultural College.
behaviour problems can emerge for many different reasons and many
owners remain extremely tolerant of these difficulties over a prolonged
period of time. This can lead to tension in the relationship between
pet and owner, and may eventually lead to owners taking the very
difficult decision to re-home or even euthanase their pet.
dealing with the strain that pet behaviour problems can create within
families and attempting to limit and manage the amount of damage
caused, it can be difficult to sit back and ask ourselves why
our pet is behaving in this way. Yet without removing the cause of the
pet's inappropriate behaviour, it will be impossible to find a
permanent resolution to the matter.
Claire HargraveBSc(Hons), MSc,
PGCE, C Sci, C Chem, MRSC,
Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist
and Member of the Association of
Pet Behaviour Counsellors
Companion Animal Behaviour Referrals
Erw Wastad, Llwyn-teg, Llannon, Llanelli, SA14 8JW
Tel. 01269 844770