The Animal Welfare League NSW Behavioural Department is regarded as one of the most qualified in Australia. The professional team brings a variety of skills to the organisation allowing Animal Welfare League NSW to provide appropriate assessment and training to animals in our shelters.

We believe that every animal is special and that they have their own individual needs. Because of this, the Behavioural team will tailor their assessments and training programs to help cats and dogs through any issues which may be preventing them from being rehomed.

Socialisation and rehabilitation training

Animal Welfare League NSW behaviourists and trainers only use approved positive reinforcement methods and reward based training. We are advocates of operant conditioning techniques and we never use force or intimidation to train our animals. We use every opportunity to spread the word about contemporary and peaceful means of behaviour modification techniques.

Our behaviour department staff stay up to date with their education by attending conferences and seminars in the behaviour field, have qualifications in a diverse range of animal behaviour skills and memberships in the animal behaviour industry.

Our team tailor a unique behaviour modification program for all our animals that require behavioural adjustment to make them more suitable for adoption and easier to adapt to the shelter environment.

We work on behavioural and environmental enrichment for all our animals to ensure that they are happy and healthy at all times.

As well as providing the best of care to cats and dogs during their stay at our shelters, the Animal Welfare League Behaviour Department is also on hand to provide advice if needed post-adoption. If you have adopted a dog or cat from Animal Welfare League NSW and need some behaviour advice, please contact us.

Unfortunately, Animal Welfare League NSW is not able to provide personalised behaviour consulting for animals not adopted from us, however, we recommend our ambassador Dr Joanne Righetti for expert advice on cat and dog behaviour.

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