The Behaviour Practitioners are approved by many Pet Insurance companies to see your pet when referred by your Veterinarian.
A Canine Behaviour Consultation relating to a dogs aggression to people will lasts approximately two hours. The information below will guide you through a typical aggression consultation that you may wish to book at your home.
After your initial contact via the telephone 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 e-mail for completion prior to the meeting.
The completed forms can be sent in advance (preferably) or handed in at the beginning of your consultation. This helps speed up the process and gives us a background of your dog, lifestyle and the aggression problem.
The consultation begins and the practitioner will begin to gather the pertinent information. It is vital in most cases that the appropriate questions are asked and answered in respect of the aggression in order to build up a complete and accurate picture so that the correct behavioural diagnosis is made. That said, the practitioner will already have met the dog and therefore been made fully aware of the aggression issues, first hand in many cases.
The second part of the consultation will be for testing in the dogs aggressive responses to people if necessary we may have sufficient information from your description of chronological events or we may need to test the dog formally.
The practitioner will then explain what they believe that the problem is, i.e. the type of aggression 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 the aggression, reducing it or managing the aggression through control.
Understanding how dogs learn is important and this will be explained to you in detail. Pertinent training and handling techniques will be demonstrated to you by example in the situation. Any equipment recommended will be discussed and demonstrated.
Thereafter, 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 unless you request otherwise.
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 telephone or e-mail contact so that we can assess your progress and impart further.
Dangerous Dogs Act Info