Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour issues are anything you find your animal is doing that is causing you, them or others a problem.  Sometimes the behaviour exhibited is ‘normal’, but it is displayed out of context and considered undesirable. Below are some of the more common problems owners seek help to overcome:

* Noise issues* Destructiveness*  House training
* Travel Problems* Chasing * Nervousness
* Aggression* Control Problems* Separation Issues

Some conditions such as * noise phobia, * compulsive disorders and self-mutilation involve behaviour that is ‘abnormal’.  These conditions compromise an animal’s physical and psychological wellbeing and often require medical and behavioural treatment.

Any of these problems may arise directly and indirectly as a result of concurrent or previous medical problems.  To safeguard the welfare of your animal you should first consult your veterinary surgeon.  They can eliminate the possibility of a physical problem and request a behaviour referral if appropriate.

Referrals are accepted through City Vets

The consultation process

Consultations are held on an appointment basis in your home.  The initial consultation lasts up to 3 hours.  Where possible all family members involved with the animal should be present.  A detailed history of your animal is taken and the underlying motivation for the problem behaviour is discussed.  This enables me to make an accurate diagnosis and agree on a treatment programme with you.  In some instances, I may need refer you back to your veterinary surgeon for additional advice outside of my expertise.  For example, where medication might be appropriate and helpful.

After the consultation

Treatment programmes vary according to the nature and severity of the problem.  One visit with ongoing support provided via the telephone/skype and email for up to 3 months is often enough.  However many clients request follow-up visits, these are designed to help you implement the practical aspects of the treatment plan and take place where the problem behaviour is occurring.  This might be in the home, the garden or if appropriate within your local neighbourhood.   You will also receive a report outlining the details of the consultation and the treatment programme agreed upon.  With your agreement, a copy of this is sent to the referring vet.

 Making Progress

  • You will probably be asked to make some changes to your current routines and practices along the way and it might be some time before you start to see any improvement.
  • It is important to understand there are rarely quick fixes or cures when it comes to resolving or improving problem behaviour. It takes time and effort and can be frustratingly slow.
  • Whilst every effort is made to meet your expectations it is important to be realistic.  I cannot guarantee that you will achieve the results you’d hoped for.
  • Consider carefully, the commitment required to succeed before enlisting the help of a behavioural specialist.  It should be a wise investment of your time and money and not end up being a disappointment in the long run.