Dogs are great companions that can enable us to have active and social lifestyles. However, this is not always the case. If you feel that your dog is behaving in a way you find unacceptable then there is usually a way to modify their behaviour to find a better solution.
Does your dog display any of the following?
Aggression towards people or other dogs/animals
Aggression with being handled/grooming
Anti-social behaviours such as barking
Coprophagia also known as eating poo
How the process works
Step 1, Initial contact
You can make initial contact via phone or email to discuss the type of problem you are having and when you would like to arrange a booking. Please understand that I do not give advice over the phone.
Step 2, Fact finding
As a Clinical Animal Behaviourist I require direct referral from your veterinary surgeon. This is to ensure that your pet is healthy and to rule out any medical issues that may be causing behaviour problems. If your pet is suffering from any medical issues I can take this into account when designing a behaviour plan. Additionally you will need to give me permission to access your pets veterinary records (if your pet has seen your vet in the last 4 weeks it may not be necessary to have a repeat veterinary visit before seeing you).
I will send out a questionnaire to gather as much information about your pet and lifestyle before the consultation. You will also be asked to record a diary of your pets behaviour.
Step 3, Behaviour consultation
This is a home visit that lasts approximately 2 hours. We will discuss the problem in detail specifically why the problem started and how it is being maintained. We will then design a plan to modify your pets behaviour and start to implement during this session. Will will often need to go for a walk if your dogs behaviour problem is related to going outside.
Step 4, Aftercare
You will be sent a report reiterating what we discussed during the consultation, your vet will also be sent a summary report. You will receive 4 weeks support via phone or email, consisting of once a week catch ups to check you are on target with the plan and give you some moral support during this period. Ongoing support is provided and is usually continued every other week or monthly basis for the following 6 months.
What does this cost?
Packages start from £225.00 (£37.50 per month), pricing will depend on the specific problem your pet has and the level of support needed to get you to a stage you are happy with.
Additional support costs:
This is a session lasting 1 hour at £60.00, the time is spent concentrating on the particular issue that you are having with your dog and is often good to help you refocus and keep on tract with progress.
Please note, some behaviour problems may require you to have a block of time available to start implementing the behaviour plan. This ensures that you can focus on making the most of your time to really work on changing your dogs behaviour. There are no quick fixes for changing behaviour but ensuring you are consistent calm and focused during your sessions with your dog will get you there in the end.