Jenni Nellist – Clinical Animal Behaviourist

I am an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist (horses and dogs) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). I have been practicing as an animal behaviourist since I established my South Wales business in 2005, helping dog and horse owners achieve their animal behaviour goals.

I gained my Postgraduate diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counselling from the University of Southampton in 2006 and achieved my Masters in 2011 after conducting an in-depth study on the impact of training method on horse welfare and the horse-human relationship. I also have an Equine Science degree (BSc Hons) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where I focused on behaviour and welfare issues including a field study on Welsh hill pony behaviour.

These days I spend most of my week travelling across South and West Wales, the border counties, Bristol and the M4 corridor, working with people seeking to help and understand their animals, and improve their management and behaviour skills. I aim to provide the most accurate information I can on all aspects of horse and dog behaviour so more people can make better informed decisions, actively enhancing our relationship with animals.

Jenni Nellist


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  1. Just read your article about mounting block behaviour and as a student of equitation science I have to applaud your approach. My 15 icelandic gelding was owned prior by a larger fellow with a western saddle and little riding experience so he’s showing some anxiety by stepping back when I go to mount. My ES instructor and I discovered that having the reins over the head was the first trigger as he parks beautifully in hand. Some days he’s prepared to trust and stand but still not when near other horses and riders (previous owner went out on lots of group trail rides). I get teased about our “progress” by some but I know if I keep breaking down the steps, finding the “knots” and loosening them we’ll eventually be in a better place. Pushing through isn’t always the answer.

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