Stephanie has a first class honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and worked as a VN for over 20 years. She studied Applied Animal Behaviour at the University of Southampton between 2000 and 2004 and graduated with top marks.
She started her canine behaviour practice in 2005 and retired from veterinary nursing in 2010 to focus full time on this. She was accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors in 2009 and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) in 2013. This combination of academic study, formal accreditation and over 20 years working with dogs means her methods are based on both sound scientific evidence and many years of practical experience.
Stephanie now combines her full time role as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist with writing, consultancy contracts and speaking engagements, including for veterinary, behaviour and training professionals, rescue organisations and pet owners.
Regrettably Stephanie is currently unable to accept any new behaviour cases. If you are looking for behavioural advice, your vet should be able to refer you to an appropriately qualified Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Accredited trainers and behaviourists can also be found on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council website. The follow up service to existing clients is unaffected.
Example case history - Monty
Monty first started to show problem behaviour when he was about 6 months old. This started as puppy boundary testing, inappropriate direction of his natural GSD herding drives and fearful behaviour at the Vets. His owner sought advice from a number of trainers, each of whom advised using a different form of punishment to try and deter his behaviour. However, these only made him worse resulting in him becoming aggressive to passers-by and other dogs, and redirecting his frustration onto his owner when trying to restrain him. Monty's Vet then advised a consultation with an APBC accredited counsellor. After taking a thorough history it became clear that the advice given so far had only been to punish Monty for unwanted behaviour, without teaching Monty what we would like him to do instead. Monty's behaviour modification programme therefore primarily focussed on using a clicker to reward Monty for more desirable behaviour whilst gradually exposing him to his triggers. His owner was sceptical at first but Monty's progress soon changed this.
"Having seen changes in only a few months I'm certainly convinced about the clicker now, just a bit disappointed it's taken so many different training paths for us to get here!"