Claire Arrowsmith B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc.

 Claire ArrowsmithClaire Arrowsmith began her career with an Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen after growing up in the Highlands of Scotland. A lifestyle brimming with family pets of all shapes and sizes, working sheepdogs and farming livestock provided her with a love and understanding of animals. After travelling abroad and working on projects involving Koala Bears and Sleepy Lizards in Australia, she studied for her Masters of Science Degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the University of Edinburgh. She has conducted research into methods of predicting future aggression in rescue dogs, the findings of which she has presented in Boston and at the Companion Animal Behaviour Study Therapy Group 2000 seminar in Birmingham.  

Claire has worked for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)Claire Arrowsmith and while also providing behavioural consultations for dogs around the Edinburgh and Glasgow areas. She then joined the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as their Post Placement Training Instructor, where she travelled throughout the U.K. providing behavioural advice and training for recipients and their Hearing Dogs. During this time, Claire achieved her Deaf Awareness BSL Stage 1 (CACDP).

Claire now ran her own successful animal behavioural consultancy business "Arrowsmith Behavioural Consultancy" until October 2009 when she took over as principle behaviourist at the Pet Behaviour Centre.

She is a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and is also qualified as a "Puppy School" tutor with Gwen Bailey. She has appeared as a pet expert on the radio and is on the behavioural expert panel for Your Dog magazine, the UK's best selling dog magazine. Claire is the author of three books on cats and dogs and has appeared in many advisory DVDs. She gives CPD courses for veterinary staff, presents lectures to students and gives public talks and workshops on various aspects of owning and caring for a pet.

Claire keeps up to date with new techniques and research by attending seminars and conferences and by being involved with Claire and her chooksseveral leading behaviour and training organisations.

She lives with her husband in Warwickshire where they share their home with her Ridgeback mix Sarnie, their young cat Pickle and three hens. Claire has owned and cared for all sorts of pets in the past and has a special interest in pet rats.


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