Domesticated Manners

Is run by Chirag Patel and supported by a team of invaluable assistants, all of whom you can learn more about below. Domesticated Manners started by helping dogs and their people in 2004 and has since evolved to where we are now offering assistance to both domestic and wild animals in a wide range of setting internationally. This includes range of pets in the home, laboratories, zoos, organisations such as Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, British Columbia SPCA and Kong amongst others. Domesticated Manners has consulted with clients, taught workshop and seminars in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Domesticated Manners has its home base in the London / Essex border. Consultations, training sessions and workshops outside of these areas are arranged on request. 

Chirag Patel: Behaviour & Training Consultant and Owner of Domesticated manners


BSc (Hons), PGCert (CAB), CPBC, DipCABT

Chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He is highly sought after for consulting with private clients and organisations as well as running workshops for professionals internationally. Chirag consults on the behaviour management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. His passion is the application of behaviour change science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a stress free manner. 

Chirag is a consultant for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association and the Kong Company. In 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).

Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour.  Managed the Animal Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugford's Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odour discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part time for over 6 years. 

Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. Chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. He is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee.  

Chirag also has an internationally selling DVD called 'From Brain to Bite: understanding, managing and modifying aggressive behaviour in dogs." Further information can be found on this by clicking here. Chirag also has a YouTube Channel that has accumulated over half a million hits and provides free resources for pet owners and professionals, you can access this channel by clicking here


SHANTA CARIESE: customer care manager

BSc (Hons)

Shanta joined us in 2007, as an assistant and worked her way up to becoming an Assistant Trainer before leaving to start a new life in Inverness and focus on her own business, DogPanions. However she is an invaluable member of our team and so continues to aid us with office administration and client care.

Shanta has shared her life with a dog for as long as she can remember. Over the years she has worked with many different species, including zoo, farm and companion animals, however her passion remains the unique bond we share with dogs. She started out as a Veterinary Technician, then graduated from University to enter the world of Veterinary Research which she worked in for over 20 years. But her true desire remains her passion to help dogs and their caregivers.

We are very lucky to have someone who has so much genuine passion for animals care and welfare on our team.

Lousie Bater: Trainer

BSc (Hons)

Louise Bater, is a fully assessed and accredited member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT, UK) membership no. 01275. She also holds a First Class degree in Biochemistry (with Honours).

She is super passionate about modern dog training using up to date teaching methods based on the science of dog behaviour. Louise is an excellent trainer to help you with your dogs training. She also has many years’ experience training in dog sports including Flyball, Agility and Canicross.  

Lousie brings many skills to our team, combing both the skills needed to work with dogs and their human caregivers. 


Kirsten Dillon: Trainer

Kirsten joined us in 2015 after working with Chirag at a previous company. She is passionate about working with dogs and their human families to help all concerned better understand one another.

Kirsten has experience working with all elements of basic training up to serious behavioural concerns.

She is also currently Head of Training and Behaviour at Veterans with Dogs, and an Assistance Dog Trainer and Assessor for Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability). Kirsten is fully insured and DRB checked as she also work with a number of vulnerable adults and children as part of this charity work.

Kirsten also write each month for the magazines Dogs Monthly and Dogs Today as an expert contributor.

Kirsten brings a smile to the faces of the clients she works with and is a pleasure to have work with.