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Michael Shikashio
Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business Michael is fully certified through the IAABC and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog.” He is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. Michael is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and online courses on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.
Dr Amber Batson
Amber Batson is a vet and clinical behaviourist, having qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999. Amber has undertaken a number of behaviour qualifications and has been working as a behaviourist since 2000 including teaching behaviour qualifications to professionals. Amber works part-time in veterinary practice, alongside teaching worldwide behaviour and welfare in dogs, cats and horses. She also works as a legal expert witness to help resolve animals welfare issues. Amber presents up to date scientific information in an easy to understand, practical format with her goal to help animals and their owners/carers enjoy happier, healthier lives together.
Dr Clive Wynne
Dr Clive Wynne studied at University College London and the University of Edinburgh. He has served on the faculty of the University of Western Australia, and the University of Florida, before arriving at Arizona State University in 2013. His broad interest is in comparative psychology understood to include the evolution, development and progress of the behaviour of individuals and groups of nonhuman animals. The behaviours Wynne is interested in range from simple conditioning to complex cognitions. His approach is behaviourist in his emphasis on parsimonious explanations, cognitive in his interest in rich behaviours, and ethological in his concern to see behaviour as a tool in animals’ adaptation to their environments. The specific focus of ongoing research is the behaviour of dogs and their wild relatives. In this domain Wynne’s group studies the ability of pet dogs to react adaptively to the behaviours of the people they live with; the deployment of applied behaviour analytic techniques to the treatment of problem behaviours in dogs; the behaviours of shelter dogs that influence their chances of adoption into human homes, as well as the welfare of shelter dogs; improved methods for training sniffer dogs; the development of test banks for studying cognitive ageing in pet dogs; humans as social enrichment for captive canids; among others.
Susan Garrett
Susan Garrett’s interest in animal behaviour started at the University of Guelph where she earned a B.Sc. in Animal Science. Since then she has developed into a pre-eminent canine sports instructor and competitor. Susan is one of the most consistently successful dog agility competitors of the last two decades. She has been on the podium of World and National Championship events more than 50 times winning those events a total of 38 times. This success turned Susan into one of the most popular presenters in dog sports worldwide. A natural teacher and an entertaining speaker today, Susan is recognized as a leading educator of dog trainers. Her understanding of how to apply science-based learning principles to both competitive and family pet dog training has been pivotal in changing the way dogs are currently trained. Susan’s philosophy is a simple one, create an environment where work turns into play for the dog. This is the same philosophy that has given Susan’s online dog training programs massive appeal. Susan’s online memberships and courses now help thousands of dog lovers reach their goals while having the best relationship possible with their dogs.
Dr Ian Dunbar
Dr Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviourist and dog trainer who received a veterinary degree with special honours in physiology and biochemistry plus Ian have a doctorate degree in animal behaviour.
Dr Susan G. Friedman
Dr. Susan G. Friedman is a retired psychology professor from Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to zoo and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from over 50 countries have participated in Susan’s online course, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals. She has written chapters on learning and behaviour for five veterinary texts and her articles appear around the world in 14 languages. Susan has presented seminars nationally and internationally for a wide variety of zoos and professional organizations such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behavior Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to caregivers, veterinarians, animal trainers, and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care.
Dr Nick Thompson
Nick is a fully trained vet with over 20 years of experience. He has also trained in homoeopathyacupuncturenatural nutrition and veterinary herbal medicine. He uses both ‘complementary’ and conventional approaches, together with a large dose of old-fashioned common sense to try to establish what is really wrong with your animal and fix it. Nick has a special interest in immunology, internal medicine in all species and Autism spectrum behaviour in dogs and horses.
Dr Isla Fishburn
Dr Isla Fishburn (BSc Zoology and MBiolSci and PhD in Conservation Biology) is a canine wellness practitioner and shamanic practitioner for people and dogs. Isla understands that everything is a vibration – you, your dog, the earth. As such, Isla believes that complete wellness for a dog must include wellness for all of life as a collective. To better the lives of dogs and people, Isla is passionate about spiritual ecology, earth-based teachings and co-creative partnership with Earth. Isla founded Kachina Canine, a conscious company, due to a gap in the animal industry that she wants to fill by creating coherence for all of life. Underneath any physical being is a soul, a vibrational being that can influence how an individual accepts, feels, interacts with and responds in their current world. Isla’s research into ecosystem health and working closely with captive wolves (including their behaviour, conservation, symbolism and ceremony) drove her passion for wellness and connectivity even deeper.
Caroline Ingraham
Caroline is an author, founder of applied zoopharmacognosy, international speaker and lecturer. Caroline is a leading expert in the field of animal self-medication. She has featured in many scientific journals and articles and has written numerous books on the subject.
Leanne McWade
Leanne McWade is the Head Of Training at the Dog Training College as well as being a co-owner and partner in East Anglia Dog Rescue.
My goal is educating dog owners on our canine companions to bridge the gap of misunderstanding and miscommunication in the hopes of preventing dogs from ending up in our pound system. So many dogs are given up due to lack of understanding or miscommunication and the only way we can combat that, to spread the word is through education.
Toni Shelbourne
Toni Shelbourne is a Level 3 Tellintington Ttouch Practitioner, Real Dog Yoga Instructor, Author, an Accredited Animal Behaviourist and Senior Dog Training College Instructor.
Danielle Beck
Danielle is an Animal Behaviour Consultant based in Greater Manchester, UK. Danielle is a qualified Animal Behaviour Consultant and possesses the necessary and relevant academic qualifications, which are backed up by over 18 years of practical experience, allowing her to practise, as an animal behaviourist. It is Danielle’s aim to provide caregivers with an insight into how their animals really think and the reasons behind their
Linda Ryan
Linda is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour, & a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist – ASAB accredited (for cats & dogs). Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree  (with Hons) in Animal Behaviour & Welfare; as well as being a Certified Trainer with the world-renowned Karen Pryor Academy.

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