Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour Consultations 

Behaviour issues are anything you find your animal is doing that is causing you, them or others a problem.  Often the behaviour displayed is ‘normal’, but it occurs out of place or is considered undesirable. Below are some common problems I am called upon to help to with:

* 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 are upsetting for carers to witness.  They also compromise the animal’s physical and psychological well-being.  Fortunately up to date behavioural medicine and training means much can be done to improve things for you and your pet.

Cost: Behaviour packages vary according to the nature and severity of the problem.   Your package is designed to ensure you get the help and support needed to meet your expectations.  Prices start at £185.00.

What to do: 

Any of these problems may arise directly and indirectly as a result of concurrent or previous medical problems.  To safeguard the your pet’s welfare, you should first consult your veterinary surgeon.  They will investigate any potential medical problems and request a behaviour referral if appropriate.

Next arrange a consultation:

Due to Corona virus the consultation process has been adapted to meet current industry and government guidelines.  Please call 07502280986 for up-to-date  information.

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.