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 ICAN  Patrons

ICAN is incredibly lucky to have Marc Bekoff and Andrew Hale as our patrons (listed below in alphabetical order). Our patrons’ extensive expertise and support for welfare-based training and behaviour align with the ICAN ethos of Welfare First. ICAN supports our patrons by promoting their work on our Facebook here or at our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Meet Our Patrons

Freya Locke 

Freya has a wealth of experience with training and behaviour and is highly qualified, chartered, certified and accredited. 

Utilising a 1-2-1 setting to help you and your dog, using rewards and game-based methods to create fun and enjoyable sessions that you and your dog will enjoy, she can work in your home within 10 miles of Newmarket, Suffolk, UK - or over a virtual setting worldwide.

Freya is the owner, creator and founder of the Fun Not FearĀ® App for helping dogparents to create an amazing life with their anxious or behaviourally challenged dogs.

Freya has studied and trained under The ISCP, Canine Principles, Dog Training College, ADTB and more.

She has a keen interest in holistic matters and is a Practitioner member of The Complementary Medical Association.

A certified Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer, Freya can give you access and support with several Absolute Dogs courses and products.

Freya is a proud Certified Behaviourist member of The Association of INTODogs and is head of The Dog Welfare Alliance.

She was co-coordinator of ICAN: International Companion Animal Network for just over two years, and was also on the committee of INTODogs and ACP previously.

Freya is also a KAD - Kids Around Dogs Approved Trainer. KAD helps children to overcome their phobias of dogs through an especially designed protocol, and teaches dog body language and bite prevention to children, schools and parents.

Freya is also a Canine Training Professional with the Pet Professional Guild. Freya is both an RCDTBP Signatory and a Chartered Behaviourist.

Learn more about Freya at her website here

Read more of Marc’s essays and blogs below.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published 31 books (or 41 depending on you count multi-volume encyclopedias), won many awards for his research on animal behavior, animal emotions (cognitive ethology), compassion conservation, and animal protection, has worked closely with Jane Goodall, is co-chair of the ethics committee of the Jane Goodall Institute, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow. He also works closely with inmates at the Boulder County Jail. In June 2022 Marc was recognized as a Hero by the Academy of Dog Trainers.

His latest books include The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age (with Jessica Pierce), Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do, and Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (with Jessica Pierce).A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans was published in 2023 and Marc's latest book is Dogs Demystified: An A to Z Guide to All Things CanineThe second edition of The Emotional Lives of Animals will be published in March 2024. (Many of Marc's books can be seen here.) Marc also publishes regularly for Psychology TodayHis homepage is marcbekoff.com. In 1986 Marc won the Master’s Tour du Haut, aka the age-graded Tour de France.” 

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