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Nikki Alexander

Main Details

Full name Nikki Alexander
Country Spain
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Ethology - Animals - general - behaviour - wildlife, companion animals, animals in captivity, animal rescue. Environmental Issue Womens Issues - Domestic Violence, single motherhood, raising kids Specialist - Dog behaviour, heirarchy, pack systems, specialise in aggression, rehabilitating aggressive/problem behaviours and solutions to dog problem on the whole. Have worked in animal related field for over 20 years, rehabilitaion and psychology companion animals, training most species including marine mammals,

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Photography
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09

Biography

I worked initially as a veterinary nurse but became concerned about the huge numbers of dogs being presented with behavioural problems. I went on to further study animal behaviour with organisations including the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, The Blue Cross, and gained further experience whilst working as a volunteer for the RSPCA. I had taken several problem dogs and took on a vewry dangerous and aggressive Rottweiller, abused and beaten he had little trust in humans. We worked with him for months and he finally regained his trust and reducing his need to display the aggression. He lived with us in our family home where I raised my two children. One of the worst dogs exhibiting defensive aggression I had seen, he was considered a vicious and dangerous dog only due to his experiences at the hands of humans. I later returned to study a National Diploma in Science and Animal care and gained an overall distinction, including my one year thesis on canine aggression. I completed many modules including canine studies Level I & II, farming, food and milk production, health and safety, kennel and cattery management, pet shop management, assessing animals in captivity, animal welfare and legislation. I worked at Battersea at Brands Hatch during this period and gained further experience assessing and training the dogs whilst assisting owners with problems at my local PDSA. I was later employed as the behaviourist at a small rescue organisation in Kent whilst starting to work freelance. I also undertook a marine mammal care and training course at Seaworld in Florida and went on to study further animal behaviour and science at Hadlow Agricultural college in my first year of university before moving to Spain. I am currently writing a book as well as writing the Animal page for the Costa Del Sol News.

The Sur in English 2005 ~ Circus Animals
Extra pets magazine 2007 ~ Raising puppies, Preventing aggression in dogs -
The Gazette ~ Puppy training 6 part series
Costa Del Sol News - currently feature writer of the pet page. Various articles.

Living with dogs
Animal communication/behaviour
Green iguanas
Selecting a healthy iguana
Iguana behaviour and communication
Green Iguanas
Taming your green Iguana
Green Iguanas - Diseases & Ailments I
Green Iguanas - Diseases & ailments II
Dog to dog aggression
Separation Anxiety
Bite Inhibition - Teaching pup not to bite
Your new puppy
The dog problem
When & how to begin training
Descendants of the wolf I
Descendants of the wolf Part II
First Aid for pets Part I
Basic First aid for pets II
First Aid Part III
Wildlife rescue - small mammals I
Wildlife rescue - Stranded sea birds
Why dog training classes are so important
Why all dogs benefit from classes
Dogs and people - relationship problems
Introducing a new dog into your family - Part 1
Introducing a new dog into your family - Part II
A new baby in the family - Part 1
A new baby in the family - Part 2
Introducing dogs and other animals
Introducing dogs & other animals II
Problem dogs
With Christmas just around the corner
Neutering or spaying the family pet part 1
Neutering or spaying the family pet Part II
Curiosity Killed the cat Part I
Curiosity killed the cat Part II
Puppies preventing problems part I
Puppies preventing problems part II