Dog behaviour

Dog behaviour consultation

After your initial contact via the telephone and an explanation in brief of the problem that you wish to be present to me, your details will be recorded and the relevant psychological profile forms will be sent to you via e-mail or post for completion prior to our meeting.

The completed forms can be sent in advance or handed in at the begining of your consultation. This helps speed up the process and gives us a background of your dog, its lifestyle and the problem.

Upon arrival at your home, I will gather the pertinent information. It is vital in most cases that the appropriate questions are asked and answered in order to build up a complete and accurate 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 etc.

I will then explain what I believe that the problem is and its cause or probable cause. You can expect complete honesty from me and no false hopes will be given. You will be informed of the realistic chances of stopping, reducing or managing the problem.

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. Any equipment recommended will be discussed and demonstrated.

Upon completion of the meeting, you will receive some relevant behavioural information in written form pertaining to the entire consultation and discussions.

Thereafter, I will write a full report including all of the new behaviour programmes that you are advised to implement with your dog. The report writing time is in excess of two hours work and is included in the consultation fee. 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 much telephone or e-mail contact so that we can assess your progress and perhaps impart further advice if required.