Gwen Bailey grew up surrounded by dogs and worked in a large breeding and boarding kennels during her teenage years. She gained a BSc(Hons) degree in Zoology and was then employed by a leading UK animal welfare charity from 1966-2002.
She was the first person to be appointed by a national animal welfare charity
as a full time Animal Behaviourist, eventually heading a team of behaviourists. During this time she pioneered the use of dog
behaviour knowledge in the rehoming of unwanted animals.
Gwen has successfully solved behaviour problems in thousands
of rehomed dogs, helping to prevent dogs with behavioural problems being
passed from home to home and improving the rehoming success rate.
Gwen lectures at national and international
conferences, runs training courses for staff at animal charities
around the world. She has written many books & education leaflets. Gwen is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. She is Patron for the charity Dogs Helping Kids (www.dogshelpingkids.co.uk).
Gwen now works to prevent behaviour
problems among puppies & to encourage friendly, well-behaved dogs for
She set up the Puppy School in 2002 and it is now a well-established network of professional, well-trained
tutors across the UK.
for further information.
Gwen has written
Animal Behaviour Initiatives - Gwen Bailey
- the following leaflets available from The
Animal Welfare Society:
- Alone at Home
- Socialising Your Puppy
- Housetraining an adult dog
- Adolescent chewing
- Looking after your puppy
- A new dog in the family
- Looking after your kitten
- Your adopted cat
- a range of cat behaviour leaflets written in conjunction with FAB
(Feline Advisory Bureau)
2. Puppy training/socialisation classes:
- Classes set up and run successfully for 10 years
- Founded PuppySchool
3. Initiatives at The
- Video/booklet for educating new owners "A New Dog in the Family"
with 9 of the main animal welfare charities in the UK
- Assistant Animal Behaviourists recruited and trained
- Survey of behaviour work at Centres conducted and recommendations made for
future work, together with recommendations to improve the socialisation &
habituation of puppies
- Installation of puppy socialisation pens at all Centres
- Survey to assess quality of adoption processes conducted. Subsequent presentation
at International Veterinary Behaviour meeting
- Assisted with 3 year research project to find out causes of separation problems
in rehomed dogs with Southampton University
- 5 year plan for introduction of behaviour work to all Centres, including
recruiting and training Animal Behaviour Advisors, initiated and implementation
- Socialisation charts and sound tapes for puppies and kittens initiated and
prepared. Headstart for Puppies and Kittens initiated, and completed, in association
with Intervet UK Ltd
of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)
- Became a member in 1991, joined their Business Committee in 1992 and was Chairman
from 1995-1999. Treasurer from 2001-2.
- Behaviour courses given in USA, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Holland, Spain, Canada
Gwen has been a Trustee for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and is now Patron for the charity Dogs Helping Kids.