If you would like to learn about how WE can support YOU in your career as a CANINE BEHAVIOURIST, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
"ICB actively supports and encourages student members and keeps in regular contact. It gives the opportunity to communicate with other members in a convenient way via a FB page, online meetings and educational webinars.”
ICB is a progressive and dynamic canine behaviour organisation committed to the continuing education of its worldwide members.
Through our worldwide membership, we provide continuing education for professionals, support members in their career choice and offer advice to dog owners to help overcome unwanted behaviours.
Our members have ‘hands on’ experience, theoretical knowledge and academic qualifications. We pledge never to use any approach that may harm a dog’s physical and mental wellbeing.
As a new graduate you may know the theory, but you do not have the experience. We are committed to supporting your journey to full membership …and beyond.
ICB offers support to its members who may need help with their dogs, for instance if they are taken ill or unable to look after them. The Peace of Mind database is a list of members who are willing to help in these circumstances, perhaps taking a dog in as a temporary measure, looking for a new home for a dog, offering behavioural support to the owners of a rehomed dog or simply co-ordinating transfer to a new home and checking all is well.
ICB does not discriminate against anyone applying for membership or any members’ clients on grounds of:
If you feel you have been unfairly discriminated against either by one of our ICB members or through the membership recruitment process, please follow our complaints procedure or email email@example.com.
ICB is committed to the education and support of all its new members.
Our education officers are highly experienced behaviourists. Their role is to support you with client consultations, report writing and offer the opportunity to gain experience of behavioural consultations by shadowing one of our education officers or another full member.
Our two education officers are Brigitte Barton and Rachel Peake.
All our new affiliate members are offered the opportunity to join our Friendly Face scheme. Your Friendly Face will keep in regular contact with you, and will be your first point of contact for general questions and queries.
Our Facebook forum offers a supportive learning environment to continue your education. We actively encourage new members to post questions about canine behaviour and draw on the knowledge of our more experienced members.
With our interactive Facebook discussion forum, Friendly Face Scheme and experienced education officers to support you, International Canine Behaviourists can help get your career off to a flying start!
Gillian Maxwell BVMS, MRCVS of Cestria Vets, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, UK is veterinary advisor to ICB and can be contacted through the ICB FaceBook forum.
To apply for ICB membership please fill out our application form and return by email to the admissions officer, who will distribute it to the interviewers. You will then be contacted via email within fourteen days to arrange an interview.
Affiliate and full membership costs £50 per annum.
To make membership accessible to all, interviews may take place via Skype as it it is not always practicable to interview in person because we are an international organisation.
The interview will be held with two full ICB members. We want to learn about you, your experience with dogs, your ideas and philosophy about training and your future aspirations. We also want to hear about your academic studies and, if already qualified, explore any areas of special interest or expertise. If you are still studying, we would like to know about your aims and goals for the future.
After the interview a decision will be made within fourteen days and you will be informed via email. If unsuccessful, you will be given appropriate feedback and areas for development, and you may re-apply for membership in six months’ time.
If you join us as an affiliate member, while studying towards your canine behaviourist qualification, you will be allocated a mentor, usually on of our education officers, who will support and guide you in your learning. Your mentor will be available for contact by email and/or phone.
You are allowed to carry out client consultations while you are an affiliate member and still studying with the support of a full member, and we will coach you on how to write client-friendly reports. Your reports must be sent to the education officer for feedback and it is recommended you watch our training video on report writing skills. To support your continued professional development, we hold regular webinars with guest speakers from various fields of canine study. We also offer you the opportunity to shadow one of our fully qualified behaviourists, if location allows.
At the end of your affiliate membership we will observe you during a client consultation. This can be done via video or Skype if the assessor cannot attend in person, or if convenient you may travel to one our full members who will carry out an observed consultation.
Full membership is open to suitably qualified persons and a decision whether to offer full or affiliate membership will be made at your interview.
Once you have joined us as a full member, we recognise that you are still learning – like all of us – and continue to offer support.
Help is always available! You can ask a question on our friendly (closed) Facebook forum, or you can ring or email any of our members for advice.
If you have any questions about joining us, please contact our education officer, or if you feel you would like to apply please complete our membership form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.