Welcome to the website of Debbie Busby, clinical animal behaviourist, international speaker and author. I offer advice and consultation on all aspects of equine and canine behaviour and training. I am a qualified, certified and registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with a background in solution-focused counselling, uniquely placed to understand how to change animals’ behaviour for the better, and how to help you succeed with the methods I recommend. My aim is to help you and your horse or dog cope with 21st century living and to enable you to make long-term, positive behavioural changes in your animals.
Complementing my role as an animal behaviourist, I am also an experienced rider, trainer and facilitator, so I understand the frustrations of horses who won’t load, won’t leave the yard or can’t even be tacked up!
I offer consultations, under veterinary referral*, to owners who are experiencing behavioural problems with their horses and dogs. I will discuss with you your animal’s history, management and the area you’re having problems with; after this I will explain to you why the problem is happening and what you can do to change it. Together we will agree a treatment plan that will help you and your horse or dog. I provide advice, coaching and follow-up support, and using my kind, effective methods you will achieve the improvements you seek in your companion animal’s behaviour.
*Veterinary referral means that your veterinary surgeon formally consents for me to consult with you. Potential clients are free to contact me directly, or your vet can get in touch in the first instance.
I have a Masters degree with Distinction in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and a BSc (First Class honours) in Psychology. I was only the third equine behaviourist to be registered at Clinical level by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and I am also one of a handful of practitioners in the UK to be certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. I am frequently called upon to give expert advice to PhD and vet students who are conducting equine research, and I provide expert witness opinion and reports in legal disputes. I offer training and riding coaching, and I provide supervision and mentoring for those who are starting their behaviour consultancy careers.
I also deliver national and international lectures, seminars and workshops on all aspects of equine behaviour and human behaviour change. I write for Horse & Rider magazine as one of their Ask the Experts and I have written and co-authored research and analysis articles on equine behaviour and human attitudes. I have conducted original qualitative and quantitative research into equestrian sector attitudes and experiences and I have co-authored two books on equine behaviour and the natural history of the horse; ‘Equine Behaviour in Mind, Applying Behavioural Science to the Way We Keep, Work and Care for Horses’, 5M Publishing, will be released in October 2018 and a further publication is planned for 2019.
I am committed to helping owners and professionals to achieve long term, positive behaviour changes and my methods and ethics reflect this.
Based in Cheshire, I cover the North of England, North Wales and Midlands, and outside these areas I can refer clients to a suitably qualified behaviourist in their area or I can consult via Skype or phone. Internationally I consult in Europe, Turkey and Jordan. Whatever your animal behaviour problem, if there’s anything your horse or dog is doing that you’re not happy with, I can help you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.