Essential reading, now updated and expanded, for all professionals working in animal behaviour counselling, animal welfare or veterinary practices, with insights that all pet owners will find invaluable. The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors was established in 1989 to study why pets act as they do, and how their sometimes anti-social behaviour can be remedied. The APBC Book of Companion Animal Behaviour compiles the insights, experience and understanding developed over twenty years, providing an expert and professional perspective that will enhance the relationship of a pet and its owner. Exploring the vital aspects of canine, feline and rabbit psychology, it illustrates why it is necessary to understand the psychology of a pet. There are several keys to understanding a pet: one is to look at its ethology (the science of animal behaviour) while also looking at how learning and emotions govern its actions. Ground-breaking essays on problem behaviour in dogs, cats and rabbits use the perspective of their ethology and emotional state to propose solutions. The contents include guidance on the relationship between pets and children (including the arrival of a new baby), rage syndrome in dogs, the rehabilitation of rescue dogs and cats, the use of punishment, why the dominance model for the way we live with our dogs is inappropriate, as well as advice on legal and welfare issues for pets this is the complete book for all professionals and pet owners.