Dr Isla Fishburn (BSc Zoology and MBiolSci and PhD in Conservation Biology) is a canine wellness practitioner. She is passionate about creating a co-existence between people and animals. Her experience as a conservation biologist and ambassador for wildlife quickly made her discover that conservation needs to begin at home: “many people do not consider the emotions and experiences of our dogs and how this can affect their very wellbeing.” Isla’s mission is to still create a co-existence between people and wildlife but first she must help people to conserve the natural dog; from genetics, diet, behaviour and, most of all, emotions. Isla is a firm believer that dogs have emotions and these are the foundations of any mammal’s survival.

Along with her extensive qualifications in the realm of animal behaviour and conservation, Isla has worked with wolves, wolf hybrids and domestic dogs for several years. Isla developed a deep personal connection whilst working with wolves and continues to have a passion for working with wild canids and bridging the gap between such animals and people. As such, Isla has established a commitment to canine conservation. It was her time spent with wolves that swayed Isla to develop a career with canines focusing on feelings and emotions, a wellness approach to teaching and learning, the human-animal bond, the mind-body connection and empowering the lives of others.

Isla’s core interest is the wellness of an animal and she considers the emotional, mental and physical wellbeing of a dog, working with each dog as an individual. Like all mammals, dogs are sentient beings that are constantly observing, listening, learning and, most importantly, feeling. Isla uses natural techniques and knowledge of canine social behavior to help the overall health and wellness of a dog and how s/he is feeling.

She continually reads scientific literature on canine health and wellbeing and continues to research and learn about all things canine! Working as a holistic dog behaviourist, Isla also considers how natural practices can complement behavioural changes. As such, Isla also works with Bach Flower Remedy, energy healing, Applied Zoopharmacognosy, The Balance Procedure and is about to begin a course in both canine shiatsu and homeopathy. Isla has seen great results by combining practical behavioural changes with natural healing.

Isla believes that there are no quick fixes if your dog requires support in his/her behavioural responses. Attempting to do so often results in other behavioural issues, frustration and affects the channels of communication between dog and human. The emotional state your dog is feeling is key to improving his/her behaviour. Learn how to influence other emotional states in your dog that make them feel safe, calm and protected. With Isla’s help and through her understanding of canine behviour and an holistic approach to health your dog you will be on the right path to feeling loved, empowered and transformed.

Isla is a consultant for Benyfit Natural Dogs. She is on the panel of experts for the Dog Welfare Alliance and is a member of Association of INTODogs (Intuitive Natural Training for Owners and Dogs). She is one of only a few behaviourists that are affiliated with the International School of Canine Practitioners (ISCP) and is part of their affiliation programme. Within her healing work, Isla is a qualified Zoopharmacognosy practitioner, qualified to L2 Bach Flower Remedies, L2 Reiki Practitioner and a practitioner of The Balance Procedure. She is currently studying a course in canine shiatsu and herbs for supporting wellness. She is a member of the International Society of Athrozoology (ISAZ).

What is expected from you?

Your dog’s behaviour will not miraculously alter over night. First, you need to understand what your dog is feeling, why and then follow the necessary steps to supporting your dog. As each dog is different and depending on the severity of each case, there is no guaranteed time limit to when your dog will change his/her behaviour. However, your continued practice over time is necessary, and you will see progressive changes, which will motivate you to transform your dog. The one thing that is asked from you is to be wholly committed and dedicated in following the steps needed for you to communicate with your dog and understand his/her behaviour; your dog will become confident and calm about listening to you giving direction and guidance.

A happy dog comes with happy emotions; this is possible when we approach behaviour with an open heart and an open mind.