Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed DipCABT MRCVS was veterinary director and head of education of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), the first organization in the United Kingdom to develop government-regulated courses to degree level specifically in companion animal behavior and training. COAPE also developed the renowned EMRA system used by behaviourists and trainers all over the world, now summarised in their book – EMRA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.
He now teaches and consults around the world along with writing for the veterinary and other professional press. He is also author of the informative PET CPD Blog, which has been taken up and endorsed by many training and behavior organizations worldwide. He is currently working on a book that will lay down a new framework for our understanding of emotionality and behaviour in dogs. He is also developing a range of accessible online education resources for the companion animal community.
In addition, Dr. Falconer-Taylor is an international consultant to the pet industry, where he has engaged in the development and risk assessment of pet ‘toys’ targeted specifically at promoting the welfare of pets and their relationships with their guardians. He was also actively involved in the development of the “The Puppy Plan,” first launched in February 2012 and updated in 2014, a collaboration between Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club.
His current primary academic interests include companion animal cognitive science and emotionality, nutrition and its effects on behaviour, and applied neurophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics in companion animal behaviour therapy. He promotes the idea wherever and whenever he can that the key to better animal welfare is through education.