When choosing a behaviourist to help you, always look for the COAPE Endorsed and CABTi kitemarks.   

COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) endorsed behaviourists are highly trained professionals specializing in the field of animal behaviour. They have earned their endorsement from COAPE, a well-respected institution known for its rigorous training programs and commitment to promoting positive relationships between humans and animals. These endorsed behaviourists play a crucial role in helping guardians understand and address their animals’ unique needs, fostering healthier and happier homes for both animals and their human caregivers. Each COAPE Endorsed Behaviourist has signed and adheres to the COAPE Code of Conduct.  

Here are some key aspects to understand about COAPE endorsed behaviourists: 

Comprehensive Training: COAPE endorsed behaviourists undergo extensive and comprehensive training programs that cover a wide range of topics related to animal behaviour, including the unique-to-COAPE-qualified MHERA methodology, psychology, ethology, physiology, neuroscience, animal emotionality and communication. This training equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and address a variety of behavioural challenges in different species of animals. 

Holistic Approach: These behaviourists adopt a holistic approach to animal behaviour, taking into account not only the observable actions of the animal but also the underlying emotional and psychological factors that influence behaviour. They understand that behavioural challenges are often rooted in fear, anxiety, past experiences, or even physical health problems. 

Ethical and Science-Based Methods: COAPE endorsed behaviourists prioritize the use of ethical and science-based methods to modify and manage animal behaviour. They avoid punitive or coercive techniques and focus on positive reinforcement, which encourages desired behaviours through rewards and positive experiences. COAPE strongly believes in the “do no harm” approach and believe that it is possible to help animals without resorting to fear, intimidation or pain.   

Tailored Solutions: Each animal and their behaviour are unique, and COAPE endorsed behaviourists recognize this. They work closely with caregivers to develop individualized behaviour modification plans that address specific challenges and cater to the needs and preferences of both the animals and the humans.  

Empowering people: COAPE endorsed behaviourists not only work with pets but also educate and empower pet owners. They help owners understand the reasons behind their pets’ behaviour and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to reinforce positive behaviours and manage any challenges that may arise. 

Promoting Animal Welfare: By addressing and resolving behavioural challenges, COAPE endorsed behaviourists contribute to the overall welfare and well-being of animals. They play a crucial role in preventing pet relinquishment and abandonment, as well as improving the quality of life for pets and their families. 

COAPE endorsed behaviourists are dedicated professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of animal behaviour. Their commitment to ethical, science-based, and holistic approaches ensures that animals and their human companions receive the best possible care and support when dealing with behavioural challenges. These experts are instrumental in fostering harmonious relationships between humans and their beloved animal companions.

CABTi, which stands for the COAPE Association of Behaviourists and Trainers International, is an organization that provides education, certification, and support for COAPE Qualified professionals specializing in behaviour therapy and training. CABTi members are individuals who have successfully completed COAPE and CABTi’s rigorous training programs and have been officially recognized and endorsed by the organization as qualified experts in the field of behaviour and training. Here are some additional key points to understand about CABTi endorsed members: 

Comprehensive Training: To become a CABTi member, individuals must successfully complete a COAPE Diploma course (extensive and specialized training programs offered by COAPE.) These programs cover a wide range of topics related to canine behaviour, including the MHERA behaviour assessment and ESTA modification techniques. 

Ethical and Science-Based Approach: CABTi members adhere to ethical and science-based principles in their work with animals. They prioritize positive reinforcement and humane training methods, avoiding harsh or punitive techniques that can harm the animal’s well-being. All CABTi members have signed the CABTi Code of Conduct.  

Individualized Behaviour Plans: Just like COAPE endorsed behaviourists, CABTi endorsed members create individualized behaviour modification plans for each client. These plans take into account the unique needs, history, and temperament of each animal, as well as the goals and preferences of the animal’s guardian.  

Continuous Learning: The field of behaviour is dynamic, with ongoing research and developments. CABTi members are committed to staying informed about the latest advancements in the field. They engage in continuous education and professional development to provide the most up-to-date and effective services to their clients. 

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Potchefstroom, South Africa
Behaviour consultations (dogs and cats) in person and via Zoom. Dog training (puppy and adult cla...
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Kommetjie Canine College is a training school for dogs of all ages, focusing a bond between dogs ...
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George, South Africa
Educational talks,  puppy classes, online (Zoom) consultations only for dogs.  COAPE Tutor and Co...
Cape Town, South Africa
Behaviour consultations (in person visits/Zoom calls), training consultations, puppy consultation...
Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Behaviour consultations (in person, dogs and cats). Puppy classes. COAPE DipCABT  
Cape Town, Northern Suburbs, South Africa
Behaviour consultations and training for dogs and cats. Particular interest in leash reactivity a...
Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Currently not consulting. COAPE DipCABT MBA (Wits) Petsense:  Canine Aggression diploma Petsense:...
Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Pet sitting, behaviour consultations for dogs (zoom or in person), dog walking and leash training...
Cape Town, South Africa
Behaviour consultations (dogs and cats) in person and via Zoom. Dog training (adult and puppy cla...
Langebaan, South Africa
Behaviour consultations (in person, dogs only). Dog training (adult and puppy classes). Dog walki...
Behaviour consultations (in person, dogs and cats). Dog training (adult and puppy). COAPE DipCABT...
Table View, Cape Town, South Africa
Behaviour consultations for dogs and cats (in person and via Zoom). Dog training (adult and adole...
Edgemead, Cape Town, South Africa
Behaviour consultations for dogs and cats (in person and via Zoom). Dog training (adult). COAPE D...
I work with dogs of all ages and backgrounds providing behavioural help for dogs struggling with ...
I provide in home training and behaviour consults and run a puppy school in the Oxford area. I ca...
Selby, North Yorkshire, UK
Behaviour consultations (in person and via Zoom) for both dogs and cats. COAPE DipCABT 
Behaviour consultations (in person and via zoom) for dogs and cats. Dog training (adult and puppy...
Khalifa City - Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Behaviour consultations for dogs and cats (in person). COAPE DipCABT 
I offer 1-2-1 sessions for all training and behavioural concerns including dog reactivity and res...
Ardgay, Sutherland, Scotland
Dog & Puppy Behaviour & Training, Behavioural Nutritional advice in person and video help...
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