I am a diplomat of the UK based Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) where I completed the advance diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training in 2010.

For more information on COAPE, please visit www.coape.co.uk

I am a TTouch Practitioner Level 1 for Companion Animals.

For more information on Tellington Touch, please visit www.ttouch.co.za

I am a proud member of the PPG, the Pet Professional Guild, an international organisation dedicated to promote force-free training and behaviour modification. The members adhere to a strict code of conduct that includes the commitment to use the least invasive methods and always train without causing the animal any pain or fear.

For more information on the PPG, please visit www.petprofessionalguild.com

It is worth knowing that the education of animal trainers & behaviourist is not yet governed by any legally binding requirements in South Africa, so anybody can call themselves a behaviourist without necessarily having studied or acquired any theoretical or practical knowledge or experience before working with clients.

In addition unfortunately there are still people in this sector that use outdated, extremely harsh methods that can cause your animal a lot of pain, might not teach him anything other than that people are bad news, might lead to serious behavioural problems and might permanently damage your relationship with your pet.

For an excellent article on how to find the right trainer for your animal: