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Nicola Chamberlain

ITEC, FdSc, BSc (Hons)

 

Equine and Canine Behaviour

Consultant

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Horses



There are nearly 1 million horses in the UK, most of which are used for leisure purposes.  People keep horses for various reasons from happy hackers to competition, but most of us have one thing in common – we care for our horses and want to resolve any issues in a safe and kind way.

 

As a qualified animal behaviour counsellor with many years experience with horses, I get to know you, your horse and your horses’ environment in order to take a diagnostic approach to behaviour and training problems. I analyse the likely cause of the behaviour or problem using tried and tested scientific methods and then devise a programme that is individually tailored to you and your horse. This way, we are not just sticking a plaster on the problem or hiding the symptoms, but are treating the cause of those symptoms in order to work towards resolving the issue making for not just a happier owner, but a happier horse too!


As an EET (Level 1) Trainer I can also assist with foundation ridden work and the Classical Seat as part of a ridden behaviour programme.


Here are just a few of the problems that I may be able to help you with:

 

  • Napping
  • Dead to the leg
  • Crib biting/wind sucking
  • Biting or other aggressive behaviours
  • Escaping from the field
  • Loading/unloading
  • Training issues
  • Starting up a green horse
  • ‘Sensitive’ horse (please see the Blog entry "De-worming the sensitive horse)
  • Catching from the field
  • Picking up feet
  • Won’t stand whilst being mounted or for the vet

If you require help with any of these or any other issues relating to your horse, then please contact me.If you are interested in positive reinforcement training to improve learning, training and your relationship with your horse and to join an increasing number of equestrians using these techniques, then please refer to my EquiClix website.

Dogs



Our dogs mostly live in close contact with us in our own homes. Any problem behaviours with our dogs can be very upsetting for everyone in the household and can be very disruptive to our everyday lives. Some issues may be helped by attending reputable dog training classes. However, some issues such as compulsive behaviour, separation issues, fear, anxiety, phobias or aggression may require a more analytical and diagnostic approach.  

 

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Applying the same approach as above, together with an in depth knowledge of canine ethology and behaviour, I will assess the likely causes of any problem and, where appropriate, devise an individual behaviour modification programme and support you through this to aid a resolution for you, your family and your dog.  Please contact me in order to discuss this further.

To ensure any undesired behaviour is not linked to a medical condition, veterinary referral is essential. 

Please refer to the Veterinary Referral and Questionnaires page.