Our Behaviour Practitioners are approved by most Pet Insurance Companies to see your dog when referred by your Veterinarian. A Canine Behaviour Consultation will last approximately two hours. It could be an hour or it could be three or more hours, but the cost is the same regardless. The information below will guide you through a typical consultation that you may wish to book in your own home.
After your initial contact via the telephone or email and an explanation in brief of the problem that you wish to be present to the practitioner, your details will be recorded and the relevant psychological profile forms will be sent to you via email for completion prior to the meeting.
The completed forms can be sent (preferably) in advance or handed in at the beginning of your consultation. This helps speed up the process and gives us a background of your dog, your lifestyle and the problems that you are experiencing.
The consultation begins and the practitioner will begin to gather the pertinent information both in regard to your dogs general behaviour and lifestyle along with the problems. It is vital in most cases that the appropriate questions are asked and answered in order to build up a complete and accurate historical picture so that the correct behavioural diagnosis is made.
The second part of the Consultation may be for testing in the dogs behavioural responses if necessary, for example: walking the dog in public places to observe fear or predatory problems, playing sounds for dogs that are phobic, introducing other various dogs or people, travelling in a car et al.
The practitioner will then explain what they believe that the problem is and its cause or probable cause. You can expect complete honesty from your practitioner and no false hopes will be given. You will be informed of the realistic chances of stopping, reducing or managing the problem.
Pertinent training and handling techniques will be demonstrated to you.
Any equipment recommended will be discussed and demonstrated.
After the consultation your practitioner will write a full report including all of the new behaviour programmes that you are advised to implement with your dog. A copy of this is sent to your Veterinarian if you wish.
After the consultation we aim to get your report issued as soon as possible as we are aware that the information imparted may be difficult to remember fully. We encourage much telephone or e-mail contact so that we can assess your progress and impart further advice if required. Typically, we supply DVD’ or downloads to follow also.
To find out about how we can help with specific behavioural problems, select from the options on the right hand side for more information.