Canine Consultancy

Emily Birch



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Welcome

Welcome to my website, Emily Birch Canine Consultancy. I am a Clinical Animal Behaviourist based in Collingham, Nottinghamshire, and specialise in helping owners who may be experiencing problems with their dog. I have an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour, a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have completed a teaching course in Humane Education. You can find out more about me and the services I offer under the different sections of this website. I only work using high welfare, ethical and motivational training methods and base all my work on robust scientific evidence.

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About Me

I have a BSc (hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from The University of Lincoln. For the past four years I have worked as a lecturer and research fellow at Nottingham Trent University and during this time I was the project leader setting up a canine centre for the University. I have seven published journal papers in the field of canine kinematics and have written numerous pieces for The Conversation and various magazines.

Our first ever dog was the most wonderful rescue dog called Evie and to her, I pretty much owe everything. She was one of the worlds naughtiest souls to have ever lived (you can read all about her on my blog) and it was due to that naughty nature, I became interested in behaviour. Subsequently along came Peggy, Zipper and Juno (all Border Collies) and together we have learnt many things from agility, to obedience, to sheepdog herding, to sniffer dog training.

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Services

I offer a range of various services and depending on your specific needs, can help in a variety of ways.


Dog Behaviour Consultations

Sometimes, dogs display behaviours that can be problematic for owners, which fall beyond the remit of a training class. When this happens, behaviour consultations are needed to help owners understand why these behaviours are occurring and how to help them. Behaviour problems account for 90% of dogs being relinquished to rescue kennels thus, being able to get help and advice that is ethical, humane and based on sound scientific principles is really important for the welfare of both dog and owner.

Consults take place at my clinic in South Clifton, NG23 7AW. The process typically takes between 2-3 hours, during which time we go through a thorough case history, have a look at the specific problem (where safe to do so) and then develop a training plan specifically tailored towards you and your dog.

With all consultations, I look at the emotions that are motivating your dog to display the behaviour and I ensure the training plan aims to change those emotions. I also am passionate about ensuring the plan is effective, allowing dogs and owners to succeed.

The consultation fee is £250, which includes the initial consultation, write ups and communication with other professionals (should this be required), as well as all follow ups for a 3 month period after. I only take on a very limited number of clients at a time to ensure that owners get the ongoing advice and support they may need following the initial consultation. As a result there is commonly a 4-6 week wait for an appointment however, I do try and see people as soon as possible.


Dogs in Offices

Research has shown that allowing staff to bring their dogs to work increases happiness and productivity whilst decreasing stress levels. It is also one of the biggest factors in employee satisfaction and increases their time working for an organisation. Due to the multitude of benefits allowing dogs in the workplace brings, more offices are looking into this option.

However, wonderful as the idea is, there are often issues that need to be addressed prior to allowing dogs into the workplace and currently, there is very little advice on how to overcome these problems. During my time at Nottingham Trent University, I developed the 'dogs in offices' policy from the very beginning to seeing it rolled out as a campus scheme. My expertise in this area covers everything from how to manage allergies, rules and regulations to have in place, office layouts and how to ensure the health and safety of all members of staff (and indeed dogs!)

If you have been considering allowing dogs into the office, I can help from the start of the process and throughout, ensuring a smooth and effective transition. Please get in touch via my contact page if you'd like to know more.


Article pieces, guest talks and training days

I love writing, particularly for audiences who can't easily access the research paper. Previous articles written for The Conversation have received over 100,000 reads and cover topics such as:

  •    - how to prepare your dog for a new baby in the family
  •    - how fireworks really affect your pets
  •    - whether you should get a dog for Christmas
I have also spoken at a number of conferences on various canine behaviour and welfare topics including The Canine Sports Science Seminar on topics such as how we can use research to influence our decision making.

With one of my keen passions being the dissemination of research to wider audiences and ultimately with the goal to improve canine welfare, I enjoy running training days and workshops for different organisations and charities. I have previously run training days focusing on either specific life skills such as recall or loose lead walking or, theory based training days focusing on things such as canine behaviour, understanding aggression and separation related problems.

If you would like an article written or you're looking for a guest speaker or someone to run a training day, please do get in touch with your requirements.

Contact Me.

If you'd like to get in touch for more information about any of the services I offer please use the contact page below or email me on emilybirchcc@hotmail.com.

You can also contact me via my mobile 07817 786379.