Pippa Ducat

Pippa & Lilly

I have an MSc in Animal Behaviour & Psychology and a wealth of practical experience with both domestic and captive animals. I have a particular interest in dogs and elephants, and am a published behaviour specialist for both these animals. My MSc concentrated on the structure of female elephant herds and their affiliative behaviours (not so useful in the UK!).

I was Head of Education at Howletts & Port Lympne Conservation Parks, educating school groups and visitors on the current status of animal conservation and the unfortunate illegal trade of animal wildlife. I left there to follow my desire to use my knowledge of animal behaviour to help on a practical level, improving the relationship and reducing communication issues between owners and their dogs. I started up Best Behaviour School for Dogs in 2004 and am very proud to have built it into a successful company with a professional and fun team.

My aim with Best Behaviour School for Dogs is to prevent or counter-condition dog behaviour that owners find unacceptable, in a way that decreases stress and anxiety for our dogs. We achieve this through individual consultations, training classes and our unique exercise and socialisation service.

I am a consultant to local councils regarding dangerous dog incidences, am employed by fostering agencies to temperament assess dogs owned by prospective carers, lecture at a variety of universities on Animal Behaviour and am the first port of call for Kent and London based Media to discuss topical dog related issues. I have also worked with Medical Detection Dogs, a charity which trains specialist dogs to detect human disease. Medical Assistance dogs alert to odour changes enabling people to live with complex medical conditions such as diabetes.