ICAN (the International Companion Animal Network) was founded by a group of prominent organisations and education providers who use and recommend purely force-free methods. We formed in order to meet the profound need for solidarity, mutual support, communication and cooperation between professionals working in the animal behaviour and training realm.

Aims and objectives:

To bring together reputable organisations who use, teach and recommend only force free methods in working with animals.

To give each organisation member a stronger voice and mutual support.

To provide a positive antidote to the competitive aspect that has been prevalent within the profession.

To set and maintain high standards within what is currently an unregulated industry.

To demonstrate a new dynamic of unity and democracy in our profession, and to actively collaborate between organisations to promote our common ethos and goals.


ICAN founder organisations (in alphabetical order)

CAPBT – COAPE Association of Applied Pet Behaviourists and Trainers: http://capbt.org/index.php

Centro Miciolandia® Perugia: https://www.centromiciolandia.it/

Dog First Aid: http://www.dog-first-aid.com/

International Canine Behaviourists: http://www.icb.global/

Sheila Harper Canine Education: http://www.sheilaharper.co.uk

The Association of INTODogs: http://www.intodogs.org

The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour: http://www.theiscp.com


Chair: Sue Lefevre.

Vice-chair: Brigitte Barton.

Secretaries: Sue Lefevre.

Press and Media: Carolyn Menteith. 

Emotional and Mental Health Support Officer: Andrew Hale



Trevor Cooper: http://www.doglaw.co.uk/

Marc Bekoff, PhD: www.marcbekoff.com and author of Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do



The Dog Welfare Alliance: http://www.dogwelfarealliance.com

Animal Jobs Direct:  https://www.animal-job.co.uk/


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