PLEASE NOTE we are currently unable to take on new behaviour clients.
Please go to the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) and/or the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) to find a qualified and reputable behaviourist to help. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
WHAT IS A BEHAVIOUR PROBLEM?
Dogs are incredibly wonderful animals; however, sometimes things happen which causes them to behave in a way we deem inappropriate or problematic.
Behaviour problems differ from training problems. The word 'training' usually applies to teaching a dog a new behaviour, on a level where the dog is actively thinking about what is required from them, such as teaching a dog to sit on cue. To help a dog overcome a behaviour problem requires the implementation of behaviour modification techniques. Behaviour modification techniques help to change the way the dog feels and reacts to a troublesome situation.
The aim of a behaviour consultation is to eliminate, or at the very least, manage the problem behaviour more effectively, ultimately improving life for everyone involved.
EXAMPLES OF BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS
Separation distress/anxiety when left alone
Escaping from house, garden, etc
Dislike of being handled or groomed
Noise phobia (thunderstorms, fireworks, etc)
Toileting in the house
Inability to settle down/hyperactivity
Compulsive disorders (chasing shadows, excessive licking, etc)
If you have any concerns regarding your dog's behaviour, please get in touch and we can help you choose the right service for you.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATION?
Behaviour consultations are only conducted upon veterinary referral. This usually means your dog will need to be health checked by your vet (if they have not been seen recently) and a specific form will need to be completed. The veterinary referral is imperative because it helps to rule out any obvious medical reasons why your dog may be behaving the way they are (such as being in pain or discomfort) and opens up communication between your vet and behaviourist. You will also be required to complete and in-depth behaviour history questionnaire.
The consultation itself is usually conducted via Zoom, telephone call or face to face (COVID restrictions dependent). The consultations last one hour and consist of in-depth discussion about your dog's behaviour and lifestyle. The aim of the consultation is to get to the root cause of your dog's behaviour problem, in order to help them effectively and safely.
After the consultation, you will receive a full written report and behaviour modification programme; your vet will also receive a copy of the report. You may also have a follow up session for practical reasons, such as practising the techniques you've been given during the consultation. Full telephone and e-mail support to help with keeping you on track will be provided for three months post-consultation.
HOW DO I BOOK?
Book your appointment with us, choosing either the bronze, silver or gold package. Please give yourself at least one week in order for the paperwork to be completed and your dog to be seen by your vet.
Download the veterinary referral form found below.
Book your dog in to be health checked by your veterinary surgeon and ask them to complete the veterinary referral form (this can be either e-mailed or printed off). We cannot see you without the completed veterinary referral form.
Complete the owner declaration at the end of the form and return it as soon as possible (at least 24 hours prior to your consultation) to firstname.lastname@example.org (it can either be a photograph or scanned and sent as an attachment).
Complete and return the behaviour history questionnaire at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. The questionnaire will be e-mailed to you.
A little bit about our behaviourist, Carrie-Anne New
Carrie-Anne is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT, UK) and a registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). She is also a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). which means that having gained the academic qualifications necessary (BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare), she is now gaining experience required for full membership. Carrie-Anne has been a dog training instructor and behavourist since 2012 and has worked with a whole range of behaviour problems.
All behaviour modification techniques used are based on science, safe and effective. Your dog's welfare and your wellbeing are our priority.