Dog Behaviour Consultations
Behaviour consultations help to address behaviour problems such as anxiety, aggression, destructiveness, repetitive behaviour, toileting issues, socialisation problems (other animals and people), vocalisation, attention seeking behaviour, resource guarding and many more.
What to expect from a behaviour consultation (home-visit)
Before the behaviour consultation I will ask you to fill out and return a questionnaire about your dog and his/her's lifestyle, this is so I can get a good idea of his/hers daily management, life history and the problem.
Behaviour consultations usually last between 2-3 hours in your home. A dog's behaviour is affected by numerous factors; underlying emotional state, life experiences, early learning, genetics, welfare, daily management and their health. Problem behaviours develop when they begin to suffer from negative emotions such as anxiety, frustration, over-arousal, boredom and fear. All these factors are addressed in the consultation.
A diagnosis and the possible causes of the behaviour problem will be given, so that you understand fully what is going on and why your dog has been behaving inappropriately. We will then agree on a treatment plan which will be manageable for you and your dog to follow and implement. The treatment plan will include management strategies, behaviour modification and training. Safety and legal issues are all taken into account. It will provide compassionate, helpful advice and support, individually tailored to suit you and your dog’s needs.
After the behaviour consultation you will receive a written report within a week, which clearly explains the diagnosis and the treatment plan, this can be sent to your vet if required. Ongoing support via email or phone after the consultation is included and follow up sessions (includes a follow up report) are available for additional support. I will check in with you after 2 weeks.
Veterinary referral is essential in order to rule out any underlying physiological conditions which may be affecting your dog's behaviour. Please get in touch and I can provide a form which your veterinary surgeon will need to fill out for referral purpose.
I value your dog's welfare highly and aim to offer the best dog behaviour counselling service I possibly can. All training is reward based, helping to make the process enjoyable for you and your dog.
I do not agree with any cruel, outdated methods and I only use positive, reward based training. The dog behaviour and training industry is unregulated and some trainers/behaviourists still use harsh, violent methods which are extremely detrimental to a dog’s welfare.