|"Education is the key to better animal welfare".
Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor is veterinary director and head of education of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), the first organisation in the UK to develop government-regulated courses to degree level specifically in companion animal behaviour and training.
COAPE also developed the renowned EMRA system used by behaviourists and trainers all over the world, along with the book – EMRA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.
Robert teaches and consults around the world along with writing for the veterinary and other professional press. He is veterinary clinical consultant to a pet food company in the UK and an international consultant to the pet industry where he is engaged in the on-going development and risk assessment of pet 'toys' targeted specifically at promoting the welfare of pets and their relationships with their owners.
He has been actively involved in the development of the 'The Puppy Plan', first launched in February 2012 and updated in 2014, a collaboration between Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. He is also a member of the International Cat Care Behavioural Advisory Panel.
Robert is also author of the informative COAPE blog, published on their website, which has been taken up and endorsed by many training and behaviour organisations all over the world.
Robert's primary academic interests include companion animal cognitive science and emotionality, nutrition and its effects on behaviour, and applied neurophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics in companion animal behaviour therapy. He promotes the idea wherever and whenever he can that "The key to better animal welfare is through education and better understanding of the rich emotional lives our pets share with us".