Jacqueline Braggs MSc CAB, DipCABT, KPA CTP
Caspers Pet Behaviour and Training
I have always been fascinated by human and animal behaviour. Starting with humans, I graduated as an Economist, and specialised for 20 years in consumer insight, working across a number of industry sectors, in the UK and Internationally. Then, over the last decade, I turned my focus to animals, studying how their individual behaviours are shaped by their unique personalities, emotions, and the environment in which they live. My mission is to apply this knowledge to help pet owners understand why our much loved pets behave the way they do. If you are struggling with some aspect of your pet's behaviour, I can help you teach them new, better ways to behave. I use only kind, reward-based training methods and will work with you to establish trust, confidence and a better relationship between you and your pet.
Qualifications and Insurance
I have an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour (distinction) from the University of Lincoln; an Advanced Diploma in the Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (RQF Level 5, distinction) from COAPE; and I am a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (distinction).
I am a full member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT), a supporting member of IAABC (Cat Division), an ABTC registered Dog Trainer, a Provisional Member of the APBC and a candidate member of the FABC .
I am fully insured, and my fees are covered by many pet insurance providers.
I am currently a post-graduate researcher in feline behaviour and welfare at the University of Lincoln.
How I work
In a behaviour consultation, I explore the nature of the problem in depth with you, based on a detailed discussion about your pet's behaviour and the specific contexts in which it occurs.
I then create a tailor-made plan for behavioural change, based on your individual needs and circumstances. This plan uses environmental management and positive-reinforcement training, and includes a detailed report, a summary for your vet, and ongoing support. The ultimate goal is to develop a harmonious and happy relationship that is mutually beneficial for you and your pet.
I don't run group classes, neither do I use any single 'branded' training technique. I will choose what's best for you and your pet and all cases are taken strictly on approval with your vet.
My business is dedicated to Casper, who's behavioural journey has taken him from an aggressive and unsociable kitten to delightful, affectionate lap-cat and very best friend. I've lived with Casper and his brother Dylan since they were kittens, together with Oscar the Cocker Spaniel, and Squirtle and Pidgey the guinea-pigs.