• Animal Behaviour and Training Council
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  • Animal Behaviour and Training Council
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Ethical Dog Training

The concept of applying an ethical approach to dog training and behaviour therapy is relatively new. It started to appear on the dog training landscape in conjunction with scientifically based advances in our knowledge of dog behaviour over the last twenty to thirty years. Read more (opens pdf in new window)

Comfort in crisis: Leading animal organisations unite to support pets and owners through Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UK’s best-loved national pet charities and experts join forces to offer advice to help owners care for their animals and each other

The coalition is concerned about conflicting and poor information which is leaving owners confused and anxious and animals potentially at risk. The group has produced a series of colourful graphics giving tips and advice on how to look after your pets while you protect yourself, how to care for pets while social distancing or in self-isolation and how to help others look after their animals. The group are urging pet-owners to share the easy to understand graphics across their networks. These will be also posted on the organisations’ websites - so owners get good, clear advice.

Chris Laurence, chair of the Canine and Feline Sector Group, said: “We are concerned that rapidly changing and conflicting information was leaving pet owners confused and worried. Those of us who work with animals are concerned that this information could leave animals at risk as pets could end up abandoned by anxious families unsure if they pose a risk or how they can care for them in isolation.

“We have come together to reassure people that there is no evidence that pets can get sick from coronavirus so not to panic or worry. We have also written some clear and simple tips about how to continue to care for them through this crisis.

“Like many others, the animal welfare sector is facing huge strain, with reduced staffing, loss of volunteers and pressure on resources. We need to reassure owners with good advice so they can continue to look after their pets and this will help prevent rescue centres being overwhelmed at this challenging time.”

“Pets are a big part of our families and it is important to make sure they stay happy and healthy during these difficult times. Isolation for us can mean some big changes for our pets and they won’t understand why. We hope this advice will help owners help their pets, while looking after themselves too.”


Pets and Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Walking someone else's dog 



Ethical Dog Training

ABTC Statement on Ethical Dog Training

As part of our ongoing work to promote humane practice in the training and behaviour therapy of animals we have prepared a statement detailing our position on ethical dog training.

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Position statement on the use/misuse of leadership and dominance concepts in horse training.

Click here http://equitationscience.com/equitation/position-statement-on-the-use-misuse-of-leadership-and-dominance-concepts-in-horse-training - (Opens in a new window)

Dog Behaviour Problems

The Dogs Trust

Why do they do it and what can you do?  Many dogs show unwanted behaviour, whether they have come from rescue or not, but why does this happen and what can you do about it? All dogs are individuals and have different genetics and experiences that will shape how they turn out and interact with their owners, other people, dogs and animals – so it’s really hard, if not impossible to generalise about them. However, there are some common factors  that could create problems in dogs, so we will describe these problems in this  factsheet ....

Click here to read more about Dog Behaviour Problems from the Dogs Trust

Keeping ourselves safe near dogs

Keeping ourselves safe near dogsThis resource has been designed with year 5 and 6 pupils in mind and is suitable for other year groups and PSHE lessons. It will enable teachers to feel confident when covering these lesson objectives:

  • to understand why dogs bite
  • to realise the importance of human interactions with dogs
  • to realise dogs usually become aggressive to defend themselves and their possessions
  • to understand that there is a graded ladder, or sequence, of aggression for both dogs and humans
  • to realise that certain actions and situations can trigger aggressive behaviour in both dogs and humans
  • to understand that dog bites can be avoided
  • to stop dogs feeling like biting.

This is a FREE resource and is made of two parts: A set of comprehensive teacher's notes, background information, glossary, suggested activities and answers, as well as, a pack of sixteen worksheets.

Download the Free Resource by clicking on the links below. Both documents are over 1mb, so please be patient if you have a slow connection.

Socialisation and Habituation of Puppies

rspcaRSPCA Public Information

Cats ProtectionCats Protection have a FREE online learning course called Understanding Feline Origins. It can be accessed at http://learnonline.cats.org.uk/content/ufo/index.html - (opens in new window)

Sound Therapy for Pets

dogstrustDogs Trust are delighted to have partnered with vets Sarah Heath and Jon Bowen to offer you their range of sound based treatment programmes for free. Dogs that are safely and gradually exposed to many different experiences, including loud noises, during their essential socialisation period of 3 to 16 weeks of age, are often able to cope more effectively with novel, frightening sounds like fireworks or loud engine noises. The free downloads available here, together with their corresponding how-to-guides, contain a collection of specifically recorded noises that all puppies need to get used to, including domestic noises, traffic, fireworks and thunder.

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/dog-behaviour-health/sound-therapy-for-pets - (opens in new window)

Welfare in Dog Training

Excellent advice on identifying good practice in dog training and more to be found at: http://www.dogwelfarecampaign.org/index.php

Cats and Babies

International Cat CareHaving a baby is a time of big change as you adapt to the seemingly huge needs of a very small new human. It is often all consuming and you worry about everything. As with all things, a bit of planning and thinking ahead can make a lot of difference and also give you some peace of mind. Important advice is available at: Cats and Babies

Cat Behaviour

Cats are fascinating but sometimes mysterious creatures. Increasing our understanding and knowledge of their behaviour, can only enhance our enjoyment and love of these special animals. Cat Behaviour

The Blue DogThe Blue Dog


The Blue Dog programme is a free to access information site with free teaching materials for the professional educator. It covers many aspects of dog ownership and staying safe around dogs.


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Winchester House
Deane Gate Avenue

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