“Positive Scientific Solutions™” – Evidence-Based Animal Behaviour.
Currently in Singapore, most behaviour cases can be seen by anyone who call themselves a pet trainer or behaviourist without having to meet any licensing and/or experience requirements. Even then, some of these training techniques can be harmful to your pet or worsen pre-existing behaviour problems. In many of these cases, these approaches are neither used appropriately nor backed by science.
At the end of the day, not only are these issues unresolved, but in certain scenarios, the animal and the people who are caring for them are left far worse off than before. In addition, most behaviour cases are usually seen by a single animal training professional with most solutions proposed narrowly – sparing little thought for the long-term behavioural ramifications that erupts from the issues that they have been tasked to resolve.
Based on decades of scientific consensus, the examination of an animal’s behaviour has been conclusively determined to be a unique study of one and not a generic study of many. We now know that in terms of proportion, animal behaviour is heavily influenced by genetics first, learning second and lastly, the environment.
This means that a significant proportion of the behaviour of an animal is already decided prenatally (i.e. before birth).
Also, as behaviour is constantly changing in accordance with the form, quantity and intensity of the variables influencing it, we must be prepared to consistently monitor and track our treatment plans to ensure that our desired objectives are attained with due consideration of these unique circumstances.
Pawrus® Animal Behaviour Clinic was established to provide a full-spectrum approach towards behaviour issues and address the root causes of issues afflicting animals and the people who care for them with positive, scientific and evidence-based solutions.
We are the first and only clinic in Singapore to be specialised in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of animal behaviour using positive, scientific and evidence-based methods. The clinic is privileged to be led by Singapore Senior Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Training Director Kevin Yeo, who is currently working towards certification as an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) / Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and is currently mentored by a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) from the United States of America (USA).
His clinical consulting practice is bolstered by primary partnerships with a Singapore Senior Pet Grooming Instructor and secondary partnerships with a Singapore Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Special Interest in Behavioural Medicine). This enables him to comprehensively understand several animal species’ physiology, ethology, and behaviour across various animal care scenarios. Together, the primary pet care team has over 15+ combined years of experience while the secondary pet care advisory team has over 60+ combined years of experience in the animal and pet care industry.
if the situation requires it or if the case is evidently beyond our level of expertise, the case may be referred out to other animal behaviour professionals locally or overseas with the following certifications:
- Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed, CBCC-KA, The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers® (CCPDT®)
- (Associate) Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, (A)CDBC, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- (Associate) Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, (A)CCBC, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- (Associate) Certified Horse Behavior Consultant, (A)CHBC, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- (Associate) Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant, (A)CPBC, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- (Associate) Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists, (A)CAAB, Animal Behaviour Society (ABS)
- Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviourists, DACVB, The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)
- Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviorist, CCAB, The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
- Diplomate European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, DECAWBM, The European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM)
There are no quick fixes (e.g. punishment such as choking, pinching, shocking, maiming etc.) for animal behaviour issues, especially if they have been escalating in intensity over a prolonged period of time. Please do not request for quick fixes as we will never provide them or support their adoption. These methods might seem effective at first glance, but they often disguise ‘resolution’ by suppressing all forms of animal behaviour in the short run, without addressing the critical root causes of behaviour. Inevitably, these seemingly magical quick fixes irrevocably damage the precious human-animal bond with long term repercussions that are usually conveniently left unexplained by the recommender(s).
The constant and inappropriate use of such techniques has also been proven by science to increase the probability, frequencies, and intensities of these observable (overt) and unobservable (covert) animal behaviours. In some cases, causation factors with deep-seated and multi-factorial behaviour traits, severely hampers our clinical behaviour specialists’ abilities to diagnose and treat these issues. At times, these select cases can also degenerate beyond the ability of our skilled clinical animal behaviour specialists to manage and/or repair, making euthanasia a regrettable, but necessary course of action to safeguard the public safety of people and other animals in the community.
All our consultants have a well-defined code of professional ethics that they strictly adhere to while providing advice and proposing intervention plans for your animal behaviour issues. All our consultations are scheduled, seen, and monitored with the intention of working closely together with you to provide complete solutions to our clients towards whenever possible, manageability and middle to long-term remission.
Finally, published peer-reviewed research shows that up to 70% of behaviour issues are caused by associations with medical causes (e.g. stress-induced aggression from Cushing’s disease, pain-induced aggression from hyperthyroid, etc.). For this reason, to proactively rule out any medical causes influencing behaviour, a veterinary referral is required. A veterinary referral comprises of minimally a referral memo with clinical history and recent physical examination at the latest 1 month before the scheduled behaviour consultation. Additional medical staging such as general health profiles, complete blood counts, urinalysis etc. might also be required.
Our behaviour clinic services are provided on a veterinary referral basis only. This means that you must obtain a referral from your veterinarian or contact us for our veterinarian’s contact for a referral if you are interested in our services. Therefore, as it is noncompliant and unethical for any aspiring or current board-certified veterinary or animal behaviourist’s licensing requirements to accept cases without veterinary referral, we will not discuss or see any cases if you do not have one.
Most importantly, if you think that the animal behaviour issue(s) that you are facing affects the public safety of people and other animals, please indicate that your case is “urgent” and contact us through phone instead of through messaging, contact form or e-mail. We seek your kind understanding if you are unable to reach us as we might be responding to the needs of another pet and their pet parent at that point in time. We endeavour to respond to you as soon as we can.
Time is of the essence. We are the new standard in animal behaviour consulting.
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