Canine Consultancy

Emily Birch



Welcome to my website, Emily Birch Canine Consultancy. I am a Clinical Animal Behaviourist based in Stroud, Gloucestershire and specialise in helping owners who may be experiencing problems with their dog. I have an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour, a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have completed a teaching course in Humane Education. You can find out more about me and the services I offer under the different sections of this website. I only work using high welfare, ethical and motivational training methods and base all my work on robust scientific evidence.


About Me

I have a BSc (hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from The University of Lincoln. I previously worked as a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and Hartpury University for 7 years as well as working as a Research Fellow. I have seven published journal papers in the field of canine kinematics and have written numerous pieces for The Conversation and various magazines. I started my Canine Consultancy business after having my first baby and I adore my work. I am really passionate about what I do and helping owners and their dogs.

Our first ever dog was the most wonderful rescue dog called Evie and to her, I pretty much owe everything. She was one of the worlds naughtiest souls to have ever lived (you can read all about her on my blog) and it was due to that naughty nature I became interested in behaviour. I currently have two Border Collies, Zipper and Juno!



I offer a range of various services and depending on your specific needs, can help in a variety of ways.

Dog Behaviour Consultations

Sometimes, dogs display behaviours that can be problematic for owners, which fall beyond the remit of a training class. When this happens, behaviour consultations are needed to help owners understand why these behaviours are occurring and how to help them. Behaviour problems account for 90% of dogs being relinquished to rescue kennels thus, being able to get help and advice that is ethical, humane and based on sound scientific principles is really important for the welfare of both dog and owner.

Consults take place at my clinic in Stroud, or within your own home, depending upon the behaviour concen. The process typically takes between 2-3 hours, during which time we go through a thorough case history, have a look at the specific problem (where safe to do so) and then develop a training plan specifically tailored towards you and your dog.

With all consultations, I look at the emotions that are motivating your dog to display the behaviour and I ensure the training plan aims to change those emotions. I also am passionate about ensuring the plan is effective, allowing dogs and owners to succeed.

A behaviour consult includes the initial consultation which lasts around two hours, consultation write up and behavioural plan as well as communication with other professionals (should this be required). I also included email and telephone follow up for a 3 month period after your initial consult. If you require further follow up sessions in person these are charged at an hourly rate. I only take on a very limited number of clients at a time to ensure that owners get the ongoing advice and support they may need following the initial consultation. As a result there is commonly a 4-6 week wait for an appointment however, I do try and see people as soon as possible.

Article pieces, guest talks and training days

I love writing, particularly for audiences who can't easily access the research paper. Previous articles written for The Conversation have received over 100,000 reads and cover topics such as:

  •    - how to prepare your dog for a new baby in the family
  •    - how fireworks really affect your pets
  •    - whether you should get a dog for Christmas
I have also spoken at a number of conferences on various canine behaviour and welfare topics including The Canine Sports Science Seminar on topics such as how we can use research to influence our decision making.

With one of my keen passions being the dissemination of research to wider audiences and ultimately with the goal to improve canine welfare, I enjoy running training days and workshops for different organisations and charities. I have previously run training days focusing on either specific life skills such as recall or loose lead walking or, theory based training days focusing on things such as canine behaviour, understanding aggression and separation related problems.

If you would like an article written or you're looking for a guest speaker or someone to run a training day, please do get in touch with your requirements.

Contact Me.

If you'd like to get in touch for more information about any of the services I offer please use the contact page below or email me on

You can also contact me via my mobile 07817 786379.