Behaviour Consultancy

Behaviour consultations are for clients seeking help with their dog who is showing problem behaviours.  It is not uncommon for dogs to develop behaviour problems and there are numerous reasons why these behaviours surface.  If your dog is showing undesirable behaviours, whatever they may be, contact Carrie-Anne to see what she can do to help.

PLEASE NOTE:

Carrie-Anne is unable to take behaviour consultations after 31st August until mid 2018 due to maternity.  Please book your appointment as soon as possible as there are limited spaces available.

What is a behaviour consultation?

The aim of a behaviour consultation is to help the client to effectively manage their dog's behaviour and to implement behaviour modification and training techniques, to help improve the dog's behaviour.  A behaviour consultation is made up of an initial consultation, a follow up session and full telephone/e-mail support for the duration of the problem.  A full written report and behaviour modification programme will be sent to you and your referring vet.

What happens during the consultation?

Consultations are no more than 2.5 hours in length and are carried out in the comfort of your own home.  The consultation is mostly made up of in depth discussion about your dog to include behaviour history, daily routine, presenting problem behaviour and more, with some practical exercises if appropriate.  A tailor made behaviour modification programme will begin to be constructed during the consultation with the finished programme being e-mailed to you within 48 hours.  A copy of the report will also be sent to your referring veterinary surgeon.  All behaviour modification and training techniques are safe, reward-based, kind and effective.  The aim of Tricky Paws is to help with the presenting problem, as well as help build the relationship you have with your dog; harsh and/or intimidating methods are not endorsed or tolerated by Tricky Paws.

What happens after the consultation?

A further session will be booked for approximately one week after the consultation to go through practical exercises, check progress and to answer any further questions you may have.  Further follow up sessions will be offered and can be taken as often as you and Carrie-Anne feel necessary.  Full telephone and e-mail support will be given for the duration of the existing behaviour problem.

Examples of problem behaviours:

  • Aggression (towards people, dogs, other animals, etc)
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Stressed when left alone
  • Excessive chewing and destructive behaviours
  • House soiling
  • Inappropriate chasing (joggers, cars, bicycles, etc)
  • Incessant vocalisation (continuous barking, whining, etc)
  • Persistent attention-seeking
  • Regularly escaping from property

Cost:

£100 for 2 hour consultation, written behaviour report & behaviour modification programme, and a 45 minute follow up session (if you require a paper copy of the report, a further £1.50 will be charged).  Occasionally the initial consultation overruns, if this is the case a further £15 per half an hour will be charged.  Mileage charges will also be incurred if applicable.

£20 for subsequent training sessions (45 minutes)

Telephone and e-mail support for the presenting behaviour problem is complimentary and provided for the duration of the behaviour problem.

How to book a behaviour consultation:

Please download the veterinary referral form above and ask your veterinary surgeon to complete it.  Once completed, please contact Carrie-Anne to arrange an appointment.  The full consultation fee must be paid in advanced of the consultation and if the vet referral form could be returned either electronically or posted before the consultation, that would be helpful (although Carrie-Anne can read through the form at the beginning of the consult if necessary).

To ensure the highest standards of care and professionalism, Carrie-Anne has provisional member status in one of the most prestigious organisations in the field of animal behaviour.  Carrie-Anne is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications, Carrie-Anne is gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership.  For more information on the APBC please visit www.apbc.org.uk.

Before undergoing any behaviour modification, it is important to know that there are no quick fixes and it can take an awful lot of time and commitment on the part of the owner, as well as copious amounts of patience and understanding.