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Colin Tennant MA Professional Practice in Canine Behaviour & Psychology - PETbc Secretary


Canine & Feline Behaviour Centre (a first in Britain!)


Colin has trained dogs and developed original canine behaviour methods to improve and or manage problem dog behaviour. In 1981-82 he set up Britain's first specifically designed Canine and Feline Behaviour Centre in Hertfordshire, he understood that environment and light specifically helped settle fear driven dogs more quickly and set out to design a consultation environment to ameliorate the situation. He has gained much experience with dogs, advising on a diverse range of behavioural problems and showing owners how to gain control.


His innovative work includes the time release food through the KFTR - Kong Food Time Release for Anxiety and other issues. EFTD - Exclusive Food Training Delivery has especially been successful for canine phobias and recall, in addition the DTP - Dog Training Profile system assessed through colour coding used for rapid behaviour assessment in dog training clubs. HRP - Hook Restriction Programme (a calming and control programme he developed more than twenty years ago) and finally ILP - Intelligent Leadership Programme delivered in many thousands of dog behaviour and training issues to date worldwide.


Criminal & Civil UK Law Expert Witness www.colintennant.co.uk


Colin is a qualified expert witness to the Law Profession and regularly proffers expert advice in civil and criminal cases relating to Dogs & Cats. He is a expert witness in many cases at Crown Court level and moreover who can write evidence and prepare court documentation to the highest standard and according to the Police & Crown Prosecution Service evidence rules. The Dangerous Dogs act is the most common reason for others to call upon his skills in Britain, though he works in a variety of criminal law cases like the noise abatements act.


Canine and Feline Behaviour Centre Rapid Response Behaviour Courses


Colin operated, devised, wrote and delivered canine behaviour workshops and was the first in Britain to develop film led psychology including real client case studies discussing common problem dog behaviour and solutions. He noted that most courses in the UK especially in dog behaviour were operated by theorists with little practical skills and virtually no practical workshops because the academic theorist could not manage the very subject they were pontificating about - difficult dogs. Colin’s courses were the forerunners of the Middlesex University modules developed today and offering the high standards of canine behaviour work.


Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training www.cidbt.org.uk


The CIDBT was developed by Ross McCarthy, Charlie Clarricoates and Colin Tennant. Colin wrote and developed 12 new pet education courses for the CIDBT, some of which were: Pet Home Sitting & Dog Walking Certificate, National Pet Home Sitting and Dog Walking Certificate, Kennel Management, Care & Business Certificate. Also four level five university modules in dog aggression and general behaviour problems.


Television Appearances as a consultant


BBC News, BBC News channel, BBC 1 - 4 x 4 Reports, BBC 1 - Lowrie, BBC 1 - Value for Money, BBC 1 - Body Matters, BBC 1 - Kilroy, Channel 4 - Absolutely Animals, Channel 4 - Pets and People, ITV The Pet Game, Channel 4 - Britain’s Top Dog (8 programmes), ITV - Body Matters, The Vanessa Show - Channel Five, PBS in the USA.


Radio Appearances as a Consultant


BBC Radio 4 - Origins of the Dog, BBC Radio 4 - Woman’s Hour, BBC Three Counties - Multiple appearances.


Director and Producer of Television Productions


Understanding Cats with Roger Tabor for BBC Television, The traditions of Christmas with Roger Tabor for BBC Television, The Mill’s Life with Roger Tabor for BBC Television.


Pet Consultant in dog training & behaviour to:


Tesco, Pedigree Pet Foods, EMAP Pursuit Publishing, Nature Diet Health Foods, Pet Marketing Product Magazine, The Walt Disney Company, Dorling Kindersley


Photographic Work


Various scenarios of dogs doing what they do have been set up by Colin for many magazines and and books. Colin has provided photographs for Dorling Kindersley, Interpet and many magazines.


Magazine Contributions


Pet Plan - Pets and people quarterly magazine

Pet Product Marketing Magazine (PPM)

Dogs Monthly

Dog and Pups (India’s biggest pet magazine)

Dogs Nigeria Lagos, behaviour training writer

Independent on Sunday

Tatler Magazine Feature writer with the media stars & clients

Woman’s Realm Feature writer for pet psychology and behaviour

Cat World Feature writer

Your Dog Magazine

Your Cat Magazine

British Kennel Gazette Feature writer

Pet Dogs Magazine Chief Animal Behaviourist & Feature Writer

British Kennel Gazette feature writer on international pet dogs

Mad About Dogs Gazette feature writer on international pet dogs

Our Dogs

Our Cats


Canine Books written by Colin


Breaking bad Habits for Dogs Published 2003 in seven languages

21 days to Train Your Dog Published 2004 in twelve languages

Dog Behaviour & Training Encyclopaedia Published in USA and UK


DVDs and Videos by Colin


Originally developed with the name Dogs on Film, then with the introduction cats, rodents and fish the name was changed to Bowe Tennant Productions, then in the noughties it was changed to Pets on Film.


The Dog Behaviour DVDs and Dog Training DVDs are used throughout Britain’s Universities, Colleges and teaching courses. Colin has written, directed, and presented all of the Pets on Film series DVDs. These DVDs have been ordered from all over the world and since Dogs on Film days have sold in their tens of thousands.


The list below are the currently available DVDs, the VHS videos are no longer available and so are not listed here.


DVD Puppy Training

DVD Breaking Bad Habits in Dogs

DVD Children and Dogs

DVD Dog Training 21 Days To Train Your Dog

DVD Dog Behaviour Intelligent Leadership Programme

DVD Dog Behaviour Intelligent Dog Behaviour Solutions

DVD Dog Behaviour The Rescue Dogs Mind

DVD Dog Behaviour Separation Anxiety

DVD Dog Behaviour Canine Origins The Wolf In Your Dog

DVD Dog Behaviour Toilet Training for Dogs

DVD Dog Behaviour IDT Intelligent Dog Training

DVD Dog Behaviour The Psychology & Welfare of the Rescue Dog

DVD Dog Behaviour Dog Aggression Towards People

DVD Dog Behaviour Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour

DVD Behaviour BBC Series Understanding Cats

DVD Complete Rabbit & Guinea Pig Care

DVD Complete Hamster Care


Other Media Work


He has also directed, filmed and produced Internet information films currently on line at the CIDBT web site. He has also made a further twenty six short films for Crufts, EMAP Pursuit and other related web based sites in Pet care and behaviour.


Colin has observed and filmed African wildlife, he’s filmed in Tanzania, South Africa & Kenya over a four year period.The varied wild life filmed includes big cats, the footage of which is now being incorporated into more Pets on Film DVDs. These DVDs will be used for students to make comparisons between wildlife cats and their domestic counterparts.


Dog Trainer and Advisor for Motion Picture Films and Advertising


Colin Has also trained dogs for more than fifty television programmes, he’s been a trainer and advisor in films and commercials for companies including British Airways, General Motors, Epson Computers, Pedigree (Mars), Marks and Spencer, RSPCA - PDSA, BBC Television programmes: Grange Hill, Eastenders, Comedy Store, 4 x 4, Windmill, Body Matters, Value for Money, Kilroy, Lowrie, Dog Matters, Interpet (Mikki Videos), Twentieth Century Fox - Dr. Dolittle, Channel Four Films - Wish You Were Here, Romanian Television, Chinese Television, Hungarian Television, Japanese Television, Lebanese Television, Cyprus Television.


Canine & Feline Behaviour Association


Colin is the co founder and chairman of the CFBA. He has advised the National Canine Defence League, RSPCA and many canine authorities and charities.


Cheshire Police Dog Section


Colin served in the Cheshire Police Dog Section where he qualified as a dog handler on a Government Home Office approved course. Whilst there he did trials work, search and criminal training and gave lectures.


The Pet Show by Barker Brown


Colin was the behaviourist for the Pet Show at Earls Court in London. He lectured on behaviour and answered questions from the public on canine problems and obedience training. The Pet Show was organised by Barker Brown who also operate the Clothes Show as seen on BBC television.


Human Counselling and Hypnotherapy


Because of the incidents of aggression, pet loss, and similar inter human and canine relationships; Colin studied counselling and hypnotherapy at the UK College of Complimentary Health Studies in London. The hypnotherapy skills he learnt are to assist children who have been attacked by dogs to overcome their phobias and fears.


Dog Breeding


In his Hertfordshire kennels Colin has bred German Shepherd dogs for many years. During his career beginning in the 1970s, he has also bred Corgis, Border Collies, Great Danes and Irish Wolf Hounds. He also acts as an assessor of breed temperament for prospective clients.


Breeds Bred and cared for: GSD, Doberman, Rottweilers, Corgis, Great Danes, Sheep Dogs, Border Collie and Irish Wolf Hounds.


Canine Work Abroad


Lebanon, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Greece, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Spain, Eire and Cyprus.


Canine Working Trials


The British Kennel Club operates working trials and obedience competitions. Colin has competed and qualified at the following Dog Training levels and as authorised by the Kennel Club Rules in the UK


CD Companion Dog, WD Working Dog, UD Utility Dog, TD Tracking Dog, PD Police Inter Trials.


Dog Obedience Competitions


Beginners Novice Obedience Test, A & B Police Trials, Cheshire Constabulary Home Office Police Dog Course