Frequently Asked Questions
Can you guarantee a pet’s problem can be cured?
Behavioural problems are motivated by emotions such as fear and frustration. Treatment frequently involves changing the animal’s emotional response (for example, from fear to neutral or even to pleasure). It is impossible to guarantee a cure as animals are sentient beings with emotions that are exhibited as behaviours.
What training methods should I use?
There are various ways you can train an animal to change its behaviour. Education is key in allowing you to make your own decision about what methods you feel are appropriate to use with your pet. Due to my own morals and ethics, the codes of conduct I abide by as a member of various professional organisations, the support of scientific research, and in line with the Animal Welfare Act 2006, I only use reward-based training methods. Kind training that focuses on your pet’s well-being is proven to be an effective method of behaviour modification.
Why do behaviourists charge more than a dog trainer?
Currently anybody can call themselves a Dog Trainer or Behaviourist – there is no regulation in the industry in terms of education, qualifications or experience. Qualified Clinical Companion Animal Behaviourists have the necessary skills and knowledge to modify behaviour by establishing and altering the underlying emotions.
Why do you work so closely with the veterinary profession?
There are often links between physical disorders and behavioural symptoms. An animal’s welfare can be adversely affected by inappropriate behaviour therapy if possible medical causes are not previously identified. Consent is required from a veterinary surgeon in accordance with professional practice standards. For Problem Prevention Consultations, referral is not required prior to the session.