Dog on People Aggression Consultations

Behaviour Consultation for Aggression towards People.

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.

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Wythall German Shepherd Dog Training Club

The trainers at Wythall German Shepherd Dog Training Club wanted some guidance with how we could work with dogs in a class environment that we were unable to accommodate due to their behaviour. Especially so we didn’t disrupt the calmer dogs.

Ross McCarty was asked to do some training with our trainers and a few of the dogs in the club that were struggling to stay calm in a class and were also aggressive when on lead out and about. Some of the dogs were only aggressive to other dogs, but a couple of the dogs did not cope well with people either.

Ross was more than accommodating in swapping the session around, putting the trainer’s session at the end, so owners could get away with their dogs (due to the heat) while the training was aimed at class structure.

The whole session was great. We had 8 problem / aggressive dogs enter the room and 8 relaxed dogs at the end of it, some were so comfortable they were drifting off to sleep.

It was a great mix of general theories and methods and also targeted one to one solutions to specific problems, all well managed between Ross and his colleague Vicky.

There was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone’s questions were welcomed and well answered.

Overall a brilliant session and some great ideas to take forward into our classes to help all the dogs, whether the ones that can react or the ones that don’t want to be reacted to.

The feedback from all who attended has been excellent!

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Four Paws Dog Training Club

Four Paws Dog Training Club would like to thank Ross for his teaching session which was very helpful to our trainers and Committee members. We asked Ross to talk to us about handling dogs who were disruptive. We were particularly interested in helping handlers with dogs who bark a lot in class.

Ross shared many ideas on managing the class differently, and on helping individual owners improve their dogs’ behaviour, and we have used this successfully. We found his interactive and informal manner very enjoyable and this helped us to relax and ask plenty of questions.  Ross was also able to assist in a particular case:  making an assessment of one of the dogs who attended our classes and giving specific behavioural advice.

The dog’s owner implemented Ross’s advice, which we reinforced in the class, and she now has a very well behaved dog.

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