About

Elaine Henley is a companion animal behaviourist who has been working with humans and their pets for well over 20 years. She lives in Scotland with three African Grey Parrots, four Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and four humans (three sons and her husband).

Trained to Post-Graduate level in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton, Elaine attends conferences and seminars worldwide to share ideas and lead on best practice across the industry.

Elaine is skilled in applying modern, hands-on training methods and, critically, in demonstrating and explaining those techniques to owners. Clients can access her services in a variety of ways, including home visits, one-to-one sessions via telephone and through video consultations. She runs dog training sessions at all levels, and has previously trained her own dogs to participation level in many sports and events.

Elaine is passionate about educating those seeking to work with companion animals, and has written and lectured extensively on animal behaviour and training.  She offers a range of Continuous Professional Development opportunities to veterinary practices, local and national governments, independent CPD providers, re-homing organisations and charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind and The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). 

Contracted by courts and animal welfare organisations as an expert witness, Elaine has provided assessments of dog temperament and risk as well as her expert opinion on all aspects of training and behaviour. Adoption and fostering agencies – for both humans and pets – have engaged Elaine to undertake risk assessments on a variety of species of pets in homes.

Elaine is highly committed to breeder accountability and responsibility, and enjoys breeding dogs and helping them become socialised and habituated to the world that they will be living in as adults.

COOPER

"Approachable and generous with her time and skills, it has been our pleasure in working and getting to know Elaine."

“Elaine was recommended to us from a friend that had previously been to her classes and had success with their own dog. Her positive training techniques are very successful and the classes were not only educational but fun and enjoyable for owners and four legged friends alike. 

We found attending the classes didn’t just benefit our dog but helped us understand that it’s not always just the dog that has to change their behaviour. We have had great results since enlisting Elaine’s help and the continuing progress in our dog is a great example of her tremendous knowledge.”

FEARFUL OF DOGS THAT CAME CLOSE TO HIM

Memberships, publications and presentations

  • Co-authored and delivered training package to local authorities throughout Scotland to support implementation of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010
  • ABTC and APBC representative for the Scottish Government cross party group for Animal Welfare.
  • Lecturer to HND level in pet behaviour at Cardonald College (formerly City of Glasgow College)
  • Visiting lecturer in animal behaviour to Napier University and to the College of Animal Welfare
  • Presented at APBC National Conference (2015), APBC Exotic Conference (2015) and APBC Veterinary Conference (2017)
  • Presented at ABMA conference in Denmark (2015)
  • Presented at 2nd International Animal Trainers Conference, Twycross Zoo (2014)
  • Presented at Edinburgh Science Festival (2011)
  • Chaired special session on Animal Abuse at the ISAZ conference in Niagara Falls, Canada (2005)
  • External reviewer for Companion Animal journal
  • Clinical Forum panellist: Canine Aggressive Behaviour Towards People (Companion Animal, December 2013)
  • Author of articles and papers including
    • The wild Greys of Uganda (with de Leo L, Parrots, March 2019)
    • Breeder’s role and responsibilities in the long-term behavioural health of canines (The Veterinary Nurse, February 2019, Vol. 10 No. 1)
    • Die wilden Graupapageien von Uganda (with de Leo L, Papageien-und Sittich-Journal-4/2018, December 2018)
    • Grey Parrots of the Ssese Islands. (with de Leo L, PsittaScene, Spring 2018)
    • A bird’s eye view of breakdown in parrot-caregiver relations (Companion Animal, February 2018, Vol. 23 No. 2)
    • Stress in parrots: what it looks like and considerations to avoid distress (The Veterinary Nurse, October 2017, Vol. 8 No. 8)
    • Pilot study to determine the prevalence of abuse towards animals when women are victims of domestic abuse in Scotland (2004)
  • Feature writer for the APBC on topics including breeding and rearing puppies, and the welfare and behavioural needs of exotic pets
  • Writer of popular “Myths/Tips of the Day” articles on parrot behaviour
  • Regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland

Why Choose Me?

  • Most of my clients come to me following a recommendation from their vet, and many insurance companies will pay for my services.
  • My passion for animal behaviour is backed by years of academic and practical training and experience which I keep constantly up-to-date.
  • My holistic approach will help to establish why your pet is behaving as they are.
  • I will help you to resolve the issue using modern, scientifically proven methods of training that do not cause distress, pain or, suffering.
  • I have been running progressive dog-training classes for over 20 years.
  • I have trained and participated in many dog sports, such as: Schutzhund, ring craft, agility, working trials, and tracking.
  • I have been accredited by the leading animal behaviour organisations in the world: the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, The Animal Behaviour and Training Council and International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.