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Dean Hart Associates Ltd.,  Canine Behaviour Specialists

Dean Hart

Clinical Behaviourist, Animal Trainer and Expert Witness

Author Profile

  • I am a full member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association and have been for the last ten years, and a member of the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals.
  • I own a fully accountable Veterinary Referral Clinic in partnership with Ben McKechnie. I have been carrying out Behavioural Counselling Consultations, Temperament Testing and Rehabilitation Dog Training on Veterinary referral only, for the last 22 years covering Sussex and Kent and manage a team of four specialist handlers and rehabilitation trainers. Formerly dean Hart Associates Ltd.  I am now based in Sicily.
  • My caseloads include domestic dogs that demonstrate anxiety, fear, phobic and aggressive responses in a variety of contexts.
  • I specialise in the practical assessment of behavioural problems and temperament testing within family home environments and those in animal shelters assessing for potential owners. Having carried out assessments for
  • Raystede Animal Welfare Centre
  • The Kit Wilson Animal Welfare Centre
  • The RSPCA
  • Wealden District Council
  • Bishop & Light Solicitors, Cambridge House, Hove, Sussex.
  • Keoghs solicitors, 2 the Parklands, Lancashire.


  • I am also a College Lecturer and Lead Tutor in Canine Behaviour having been teaching Animal Behaviour at both Further and Higher Education over 13 years and am the Educational Services Director of an Independent Teaching College, receiving the City & Guilds International Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Assessing Standards for three years in 2016, 2017 & 2018 competing against worldwide Universities and Colleges.
  • I have produced the curriculum for UK accredited courses and delivered training on ‘Introductory and Advanced Canine Behaviour Theory & Application’ for
  • The ABC Awarding Body in the UK
  • The ABC Quality Licensing Scheme in the UK
  • The National Open College Network in the UK
  • I have produced the curriculum for UK accredited courses and delivered training on Advanced Dog Handling, Dog Training Instruction and Small Animal Hydrotherapy for
  • The ABC Awarding Body in the UK
  • The National Open College Network in the UK
  • I am a Preferred Educational Provider for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor’s Scheme (KCAI) providing theory and practical application teaching in canine behaviour, assessment and training, for dog trainers and canine behaviourists working towards Kennel Club Accreditation in Great Britain, being one of only seven training providers worldwide to meet the Kennel Club’s exacting standards in knowledge, skills, teaching and assessment to support this scheme.
  • I also teach the City & Guilds Professional Recognition Awards (9200) at Level 4, specialising in business mentoring and providing guidance in professional practice for dog trainers, canine behaviourists and SME’s within the canine industry.
  • Being one of the founder members of the National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists I have written the UK minimum requirements for canine behaviour knowledge, handling skills and Continuing Professional Development for UK Registered Hydrotherapists to adhere to.
  • I am a member of the Executive Committee for the Canine Association of Accredited Myotherapists as a canine behaviour specialist providing expert guidance as required for UK Accredited Myotherapists.

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  • I am on the Board of Trustees as a Canine Behaviour Expert and Treasurer for Canine Concern, Registered Charity Number 32823, providing visiting therapy dogs for sick, lonely or elderly people within hospital, care homes or private care.
  • I have appeared on and provided expert information for the BBC South East News, Ultimate Questions, BBC 2 and Channel 4.
  • I write regular monthly canine behaviour advice and information articles for three UK Publications marketed at professionals working within the canine industry, including dog groomers, dog walkers, dog trainers, kennel staff, zoo keepers, and small animal hydrotherapists being
  • Total Grooming Magazine
  • Rescue and Animal Care Magazine
  • Total Boarding Magazine
  • I have delivered canine behaviour lectures and trained staff teams in canine behaviour and temperament testing for several UK organisations, associations and dog clubs including
  • Raystede Animal Welfare Centre
  • Wealden District Council
  • The RSPCA
  • The Kennel Club, Canine Sports Science Seminar
  • British Dog Groomers Association
  • Canine Hydrotherapy Association
  • Give a Dog a Home
  • Kit Wilson Trust
  • Sussex University (NARCH)
  • Ashford Dog Training Club
  • Cathy’s Canine Capers
  • PAWS Dog Training Club
  • Pridelands Kennels
  • Canine Partners Registered Charity in England and Wales (803680)
  • Newhaven, Not for Profit Dog Club
  • Bristles Dog Grooming Centre, Shropshire