Canine and Feline Behaviour Association
The Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) is the professional voice of the Canine or Feline Behaviour practitioner, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the care, training and behaviour of dogs and cats in the UK. Our members and associates are drawn from the top ranks of the profession with a common commitment to achieving, maintaining and directing the highest possible standards of professionalism and care.
The CFBA is actively engaged with various organisations throughout the UK and is a member of the Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council which helps to promote pet education for pet owners, dog and cat trainers and behaviour practitioners in their work. Our members and associates strive to promote new techniques in solving pet behaviour problems for the public. We have formed affiliations with like-minded institutes to facilitate new training schemes and interlink our experts.
You can apply to join the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association at various levels depending on your qualifications and experience – see the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association website for details.
Careers in Canine or Feline Behaviour
Pet behaviour practitioners advise pet owners on dealing with problematic behaviour with their pets including issues such as inappropriate noise, aggression, destructive behaviour, phobias, house toileting issues, chasing livestock and many other behavioural issues.
As a behaviour practitioner most of the work is likely to be with dogs or cats. Working on veterinary referral, the process is generally holding behavioural consultations in your own centre, in veterinary surgeries or in the owners’ homes. Interviewing the pet owner as well as observing the dog or cat to get a full picture of the circumstances and then analysing the nature of the problem and the likely causes before drawing up a behaviour-modification programme for the owner to follow.