Welcome to Revolution Animal Behaviour Consulting and Training. My name is Erica Cheung and I lead the team at Revolution Animal Behaviour. I am a clinical animal behaviourist and Fear Free® Certified Animal Trainer. I hold a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Edinburgh. My formal education includes advanced study in comparative psychology, animal behaviour, and animal welfare. I also hold a graduate teaching certificate. My masters research project (under the supervision of Dr. Karen Overall MA, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVB) investigated aspects of the human-animal bond as it relates to handling procedures. I work with clients to strengthen the human-animal bond and resolve behaviour issues through scientific evidence based, humane training techniques. I integrate my education and experience to implement effective behaviour modification for all species, and to help others understand their animal’s needs.
In addition to my education, my experience in animal behaviour and welfare includes contribution to many research projects in animal behaviour and learning as a student and as a research assistant. I have been an invited speaker at the Alberta SPCA animal welfare conference, published articles on pet care in national magazines, and have been president/training director of Alberta Schutzhund Club (a group that practices and promotes positive training in tracking, obedience, and protection) for over half a decade. I also devote my time to equitation, dressage, and hunter/jumper sport with my horses.
My particular interests as a behaviourist are in dog reactivity and anxiety, and building a strong foundation for puppies in order to prevent future behaviour problems. I am also interested in parrot and small animal behaviour. An emerging area of my work that I am incredibly passionate about is also in Equine behaviour problems and using scientific evidence based techniques to address behaviour issues. My goal is to improve horse welfare and human safety through science! In addition to my graduate education, I regularly attend conferences, seminars, and classes to continue improving my teaching skills and methods. I stay up-to-date on the latest animal behaviour science research and apply this knowledge to work with clients.