An engineer turned canine behaviour educator, Sindhoor is a certified Canine Behaviour Consultant, Canine Myotherapist and an Independent ethological researcher who serves as the Director at BHARCS.
Sindhoor quit her corporate life as a VP of a silicon valley based start-up, to pursue a career of working with dogs after her dog Nishi met with an accident and needed special physical and emotional care.
While she started her professional career as a behaviour and myotherapy consultant for companion dogs, her passion lies in the ethological studies of free-ranging dogs in India.
Lives of Streeties is Sindhoor’s pet project that aims to not only conduct ethological studies on free-ranging dogs but also create awareness in their lives, in a bid to increase appreciation of what they bring to our lives and increase sensitivity towards theirs. This project has also been published in several companion animal journals and presented on several occasions across the globe, including International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) journal, Pet Professional Guild (PPG) blog, Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) newsletter, the PDTE summit in the UK and the 2020 online PDTE summit. Check it out here: livesofstreeties.com.
Sindhoor was also mentioned in the book Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do by award-winning scientist Dr Marc Bekoff.
Sindhoor has been featured in prestigious global publications like Nat Geo, and Psychology Today. She was also featured in NPR. She’s a TEDx speaker and author. Her book Dog Knows was published by HarperCollins in 2021.
Her current focus is educating dog parents and professionals on canine behaviour and ethology. While she wears many hats, Sindhoor’s favourite role has been being a mommy to two amazing dogs—Nishi, who recently passed away, and Cheeru—whom she considers her inspirations and her greatest teachers.
BHARCS holds itself to the highest of standards and so the diploma (BACBED) has been accredited by Laser Learning Awards (UK) Laser Learning Awards (LASER) is an international awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual to offer qualifications. Laser was chosen for this purpose because it is a highly meticulous awarding organization (AO), which closely monitors the education delivered by BHARCS, insisting on an internal quality management process, thorough and fair policies and is subjected to external quality checks across all students throughout the year, every year. Laser also requires that BHARCS constantly show evidence of continuous improvements as a commitment of quality to it’s learners.
Turid Rugaas is considered the foremost authority on canine behaviour. Her work is the bedrock on which most modern canine behaviour education is built. She is credited with identifying and coining the term Calming Signals in dogs – a universal language dogs use to communicate with each other and humans.
According to Rugaas, there are at least 30 calming signals. The type of signals a dog uses depends on the dog.
An internationally acclaimed canine behaviourist with close to half a century of experience in the field, she taught canine communication for decades. In 2017, Turid was awarded the King’s Badge of Honour, by the Norwegian King, HM Harald VII for her contributions over the last 40 years in the field of canine behaviour.
Julia Robertson is considered to be the pioneer of canine myotherapy, a hands-on therapy that treats chronic muscle dysfunction and pain in dogs.
She is also the founder of Galen Myotherapy, a UK based organisation that trains myotherapists from all over the world. Galen swears by a unique Positive PACT® treatment protocol that ensures all dogs being treated have a ‘choice’. They do not use forced restraint.