About Us

Canine Thinking is owned and run by Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist Lisa Webb, so you can be confident your Canine Thinking experience will be underpinned by

 

  • excellent practical skills developed over many years of experience working with dogs of all different breeds, ages and backgrounds

  • rigorous, OFQUAL-regulated academic qualifications with COAPE (the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology)

  • up to date knowledge of modern, science-based, welfare-led training and behaviour techniques.

Qualified.   Experienced.   Supportive.   Caring.

Independently Regulated Qualifications 

Lisa is one of the first seven behaviourists in the country to achieve the prestigious Level 6 (BSc standard) COAPE Diploma in Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Neurophysiology and Therapeutics in Companion Animal Behaviour, as indicated by the COAPE Platinum Behaviour Specialist logo. 

She also holds the Level 4 and Level 5 COAPE Advanced Diplomas in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training. 

These are independently Regulated qualifications with Ofqual, the official Government regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessment in England and accordingly are listed on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) so you can be assured of the highest quality of both education and rigorous assessment against strict criteria. 

Assurance and Monitoring through Professional Memberships

COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT) 

Full Behaviour Member

International Companion Animal Network (ICAN)

Certified Behaviourist

These bodies have strict membership requirements in areas which are essential to delivering an effective, enjoyable, safe and high standard service to clients and their pets:

Welfare 

to always put this first

Code of Conduct 

to adhere to a strict, transparent code of professional conduct

Up to date skills  

to undertake at least 30 hours of continuing professional development every year

Insurance               

to be fully insured

We are proud to be part of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter 

The Charter has been signed up to by the leading dog behaviour and training organisations in the UK and aims to make a clear statement regarding the future direction of the dog behaviour and training industry in relation to professional standards, tools and methodologies. The welfare of the dogs lies at the heart of its mandate, making clear representation as to what is, and isn’t, acceptable in a modern, progressive profession.

 

It gives you assurance and accountability that we have been checked, and that we are monitored and supported by a reputable organisation, and that we have aligned ourselves to the ethical, welfare and conduct obligations stated in the Charter.   To read the Charter in full, please click here (this will open in a new window)

Background & Experience

Lisa’s passion for dog behaviour started in earnest in 2005 when she adopted her first two greyhounds from rescue and embarked on a steep learning curve to help them overcome a long list of behavioural difficulties!  

 

She became Regional Homing Officer for the Midlands and North region of Forever Hounds Trust, learning how to assess, rehabilitate and rehome sighthounds from all different backgrounds and support their new homes with behaviour and training advice.

 

This rapidly expanded to working with other breeds and charities, and with the achievement of ‘distinction’ in her first formal qualification in 2010, Lisa took the step to change her 20-30 hours-a-week ‘hobby’ into a full time vocation!

Areas of expertise

In addition to her work with private clients, Lisa works with national and international animal rescue organisations on rehabilitation, training and behaviour cases, including specialised support to sighthound charities and their homes. She also provides volunteer and staff training, Continuing Professional Development webinars, gives talks and lectures, has tutored the Level 5 Diploma course for COAPE and carries out dog behaviour assessments for rescue intake and rehoming, child adoption applications and for court cases.

 

Lisa has previously been the Behaviour Advisor to Canine Arthritis Management and is passionate not only about the link between pain and behaviour, but in helping clients and their vets to access the behaviour information they need to facilitate early medical diagnosis of chronic pain and other medical conditions and make radical improvements to quality of life. Lisa also specialises in Canine Cognitive Dysfunction and the welfare of older dogs.

And the two most important members of the team......

Lisa has two ‘permanent’ canine family members, Daylah and Huey, with the remaining house space taken up by various foster dogs as part of their rehabilitation programmes whilst in rescue.

  

Daylah Doodlebug, aka 'Bug' or 'The Mighty Stripey' as she is known to her friends, has been at the centre of developing training methods (and testing treats!) for several years. Daylah is unrecognisable from the anxious 15 month old rescue who first arrived; terrified of people, with severe separation distress and claustrophobia, no experience of life in a home environment and with some very complex medical issues, including a bladder in not quite the right place and an underactive thyroid! Today, she is a gorgeous, funny, mischievous, cheeky Greyhound who, in spite of her spinal issues and arthritis, loves to play, do zoomies, collect smells (mostly rolling in fox poo!), learn new things with the clicker, stand with her paws in the water bowl and generally keep a close eye on us in case we're up to anything interesting she can help with. She also has some fantastic canine social skills and has now helped hundreds of dogs to build confidence and play behaviours (and ensured more than a few clients have gone on to adopt their own greyhound too!!!)

Huey puppy (although we should really call him Huey 'try to remember you're grown up now', but the name stuck!) is a Pointer x Galgo. Huey was rescued in Spain at 2 weeks old when his Mother was poisoned. Rehomed in the UK at 6 months, he came to us 2 months later, struggling with huge behaviour and medical challenges, having missed out on lots of essential development but also with some hereditary issues too. We are so proud of the way our super-pup now enthusiastically approaches every aspect of his life (mostly with his big pointy nose) and when he's not sure, just asks for help rather than getting himself in the pickle he used to. The months of unravelling his worries and phobias and getting to the bottom of his rather baffling medical problems have paid off a million times over and he makes us smile every day with his antics. Huey has even gone from finding other dogs almost impossible to now regularly helping our client dogs to overcome their own fears.... as long as it isn't raining, when he would rather be in his snuggle bag with a heated pad! 

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Dog behaviour and training: online & covering Nantwich, Crewe, Chester, the North West, Midlands and Gloucestershire areas.

Phone us on 01270 629 289
Email us at office@caninethinking.com
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