NOW REVISED AND UPDATED FOR 2016
The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors has been established for over twenty years and their experience and understanding of this new, and developing, science of ethology is the basis of the book. Experienced animal behaviour counsellors provide the most up-to-date account of the science of animal psychology for all pet owners, while providing a practical approach for all veterinarians who treat small animals.
Dogs, cats and rabbits are the animals most commonly treated for behavioural problems and the book focuses on the problems that affect these companion animals. Exploring the psychology of a pet’s relationship with its owner, and with each other, leading writers from Sarah Heath and Anne McBride to Inga MacKellar identify the problems all vets will be asked about and provide practical solutions to them.
Bringing together a variety of expert opinions and the most up-to-date research The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour will help resolve a cat’s anti-social behaviour and explain why a dog acts like its wild wolf ancestors.
Groundbreaking essays on problem behaviour look at how learning and emotions governs animal behaviour while outlining the best way to understand:
The foundations of canine behaviour
How pets and children interact
Behaviour problems in domestic rabbits
Rage Syndrome in dogs
Problems specific to ageing pets.
David Appleby has been a pet behaviour counsellor for thirty years, and now teaches at Helsinki Veterinary School. Among the contributors are Sarah Heath, a past president of the European Society for Veterinary Clinical Ethology, Rosie Barclay, who has appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Pet Rescue’ and Julie Bedford, who is head of Animal Behaviour Services at the Blue Cross.
“Covering not just dogs and cats, but also rabbit behaviour. If you want to understand more about what’s going on inside your pet’s head, this book is an excellent place to start.”
Pete Wedderburn, ‘Daily Telegraph’
“Brings together many well-known experts… It should be essential reading for anyone involved in animal behaviour counselling, breeding, welfare or veterinary practice, with valuable insights for all pet owners.”
“Essential for those working with animals, and useful for owners too… Groundbreaking essays on problem behaviour in cats, dogs and rabbits, plus advice on rehabilitation, legal and welfare issues for pets.”
“Are you serious about understanding what makes your dog tick? If so, The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour will help you get to grips with all areas of the subject.”
“An excellent book for anyone involved in caring for or working with animals… A useful and fascinating book.”