DOG BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS
A pet behaviour counsellor is trained to identify and explain the motivation for the problem behaviour of a wide range of companion animal species and to assist the family in devising a treatment plan that will enable the pet to alter its behaviour.
As the pet behaviour and dog training profession is, as yet, unregulated, there are a multitude of well meaning but inexperienced and inadequately trained individuals offering advice in pet behaviour. The British Veterinary Association, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the major charities (e.g. R.S.P.C.A. and Dog’s Trust) advise vets and members of the public to ensure that they seek guidance on the behavioural welfare of companion animal species from professionals who have been certified as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (Click for ASAB Website), who are members of the association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (Click for APBC website) or who are registered by Animal Behaviour an draining Council (Click for Website)
If you are already experiencing problems with your dog's behaviour you and your dog will benefit from a behaviour consultation. A behaviour consultation lasts between 2 to 3 hours, during which the clinical behaviourist will identify the emotional issues that are motivating your dog to behave as it does. Following this, the clinical behaviourist will assist you in creating a behavioural and environmental modification program which you can implement to help your dog to alter its behaviour.
As behaviour change is often initiated by ill-health, pain or discomfort, the first priority on identifying that your dog has a behaviour change or problem, is to ensure that your vet has thoroughly examined your dog to rule out health problems. Once the involvement of ill-health or pain has been ruled out and/or treated, your vet can refer your dog to a clinical behaviourist.
The variety of behaviour problems that a clinical behaviourist can assist with include:
• First time dog ownership
• Aggression towards people (family or strangers)
• Aggression towards other dogs
• Multi pet household problems
• Problems post traumatic events (such as after a bereavement or household tragedy e.g. a burglary)
• Separation problems
• Anxiety or fear problems
• Attention seeking behaviours
• House soiling problems
• Car and travel problems
• Sound sensitivities
• Inadequate socialisation
• Repetitive behaviours
• Problems associated with old age
Would you like your vet to refer your dog to the clinic? Please download a case history questionnaire and veterinary referral form and once you and your vet have completed them, please contact the clinic for an appointment.
Ideally, training is intended to teach new skills.
The very best time to start training your dog is as soon as it joins your family – so contact us as soon as you know you are getting a puppy.
Once a dog is a juvenile, it will already have discovered techniques that help it to cope with tricky situations e.g. barking, lunging and pulling on the lead. Although training will teach your dog alternative responses, in certain circumstances, your dog may choose to adopt its previous behaviour as more appropriate to its needs at that time. Hence, your dog’s behavioural motivation in such circumstances will need to be modified with the help of a behaviour consultation.
GUIDE TO FEES FOR CANINE CASES: The majority of canine consultations occur at the clinic
Canine Clinical Behaviour Consultation - following referral from a veterinary surgeon, such consultations usually take between 2 – 3 hours, they are followed by a report that summarises the dog’s behavioural motivation and the rehabilitation plan. The fee also includes a telephone follow-up call from the clinic and telephone or email contact initiated by the client over a 4 month period after the initial consultation: £200.00
Pre-purchase puppy consultation – an approximately 1 hour session that can be individual to your family or that can be shared amongst a small group of people. During the session we will consider the type of dog that is most emotionally suitable for your family’s needs, how to go about finding a suitable puppy breeder and how to handle the early days as your puppy, to ensure that the puppy gets the best start to its emotional and behavioural welfare: £60.00
Puppy Consultation – an approximately 2 hour consultation during which the following are discussed – ongoing concerns of the family regarding their puppy’s behaviour and behavioural development, aspects that affect the behavioural and emotional development of the puppy, specific advise regarding current concerns and guidance regarding the continuing healthy behavioural development of the pup: £100.00
1:1 Training – an initial approximately 2 hour session discussing ongoing training problems and developing a training plan to support the family in overcoming their training problem with their dog £100.00
Follow-up sessions – for any of the above services are priced per hour or part thereof: £45.00 per hour
Deposit on booking an appointment: you will be charged when you make a booking and this deposit will be deducted from the total cost of your session (and hence, once paid, the booking fee will be deducted from all of the above fees): £40.00
If, prior to your consultation, you wish to speak to a behaviourist about your dog, our office manager will arrange a telephone appointment for you, once your booking deposit has been paid.
Should you be unable to visit the clinic with your dog, the following visit charges will apply:
Minimum visit charge (covering a 20 mile radius from the clinic that includes visits to Llanelli, Swansea, Port Talbot, Carmarthen, Llandeilo):
For distances further than a 20 mile radius from the clinic, a charge will be made of: £40.00 plus 45p per mile from SA14 8JW