The Business PETbc supports canine education exchange working in academic and vocational areas in the UK & USA.
Who we are:
The PETbc exchange exists as a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas and to facilitate networking opportunities, co-
What we do:
The PETbc exchange is run by a committee – which is formed from the membership – who are tasked with organising PETbc exchange events and facilitating information sharing and communication between members. The committee meets to discuss and progress projects, initiatives, research/surveys and reports of benefit to the membership and our US and UK experts in canine behaviour.
When we meet:
The PETbc exchange meets every year for a review of activities we have partaken in and which is organised by the PETbc exchange committee which may also in conjunction with hosts from other like minded organisations from the two countries. In recent years members also meet at other PETbc exchange events such as training courses and meetings on topics of special interest.
Membership of the PETbc exchange is open to institutions in the UK and the USA that offer canine education courses in management education at all levels of canine education to Masters level. PETbc council members engaged in the provision of business information at our member institutions are encouraged to contribute to the group.
An American view on dog behaviour and training
My name is Diane Kunas, I live in Seattle, Washington USA. I spent the majority of my upbringing in the Midwest (Michigan and Ohio), following which time I had the good fortune to live, work and study in the UK. My life while abroad was centred around dogs, as it is now back in America. I believe my experiences add value to the services I provide my clients, first and foremost, my methods and techniques are unique to this country, as are some of the philosophies I bring to the equation. It is my intent to share what I've learned on this continent as well as send back what I believe may be of educational benefit to my colleagues across the pond.
First, I begin with this disclaimer: there is an abundance of work in the Pacific Northwest (PacNW), it is a dog friendly culture and expense is not spared on their well being. However, given this country's immense size, and the widely varied climate, population and economic drives of each region, the attitudes and lifestyles vary state to state, as is how we generally operate as a whole. With this said, and while pet products and services are thriving industries, people out here (and other regions and regional pockets) are likely to spend more money on services, whereas estate communities and the like spend more on products. Also consider that it would be very difficult to own an untrained dog in the city, but given a big lawn and an electric fence, having a dog that walks to heel or recalls is a lesser priority (not that I agree with this kind of dog ownership, it is what it is). I state all this to qualify any experiences and opinions I put forward -
What is positive about a partnership -
On a similar vein, I was asked to promote dog & children safety awareness in the States, and again, found that it is impossible to put your thumb on any one message or annual event. The most predictable ‘awareness’ information is released in the form of yearly dog bite statistics to children (which is not very pro-
As far as equipment, when I moved here I could not gain easy access to Mikki Training Discs, Pet Corrector, leather leashes or martingales with slip chains (versus fabric) or a simple, companion-
I'd also like to take a moment to write about Dangerous Dogs, BSL and other regulations. Pit bulls are not banned in this country -
What else is of interest to the UK? Having lived in the UK for a substantial period of time, and as a (UK) distance tutor, the perceptions of American dog owners is vast and for the most part not favourable, or misrepresented -
Much of my work (whether it be aggression, anxieties, ‘selective hearing’, and so on) is a direct result of the latter. In fact, the majority of these dogs are toy breeds (purebreds or crosses, "designer breeds"). In addition to my ongoing field [professional] work, toy breeds were subject to further study as part of my Masters thesis on breed specific behaviour: toys scored higher for unhappy owners, specific problematic behaviour and multiple problematic behaviours, and my sampling was deep and varied to include both US and UK dog owners. Briefly, toy breeds are typically companion dogs without a specific bred ‘job’, however, and in accordance with the Kennel Club descriptions and further breed guides (Lowell, 1990, & Alderton, 2002), toy breed temperaments are collectively described as "spirited", "self-
Most of the dogs I see out & about, however, are well mannered, but I should also note that in an early article I wrote that Seattle (proper) has 10 off-
Diane Kunas, MA, MCFBA
Continental Canine Behaviour, Ltd.