Frequently Asked Questions
Can you guarantee my pet’s problem will 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 your pet is a sentient being with emotions that are exhibited as behaviours. The information you receive will provide you with a detailed understanding of your pet’s behaviour and hopefully the skills to prevent major relapses occurring. You will receive advice on how to deal with any relapses that may occur and follow-up support is included in the price of the initial consultation for six months.
What training methods do you 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. Positive training that focuses on your pet’s well-being is proven to be an effective method of behaviour modification.
Why do you 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 Companion Animal Behaviour Counsellors have the necessary skills and knowledge to modify behaviour by establishing and altering the underlying emotions. All behavioural consultations are conducted on veterinary referral and time is spent liaising with co-professionals, writing reports and providing follow-up support. Trainers tend to specialise in obedience – teaching the dog to respond to the owner’s commands.
Will you do all the work for me?
In order for your pet’s behaviour to alter, changes usually need to be made by every person who regularly interacts with the animal and to the household environment. I am available to support you and provide guidance throughout the process. However, it would be counterproductive if I were to complete the whole rehabilitation process because the problem is likely to re-emerge once the pet is put back into the situation that triggers the unwanted response.
Why do you require a veterinary referral for a behavioural consultation?
There are often links between physical disorders and behavioural symptoms. Your pet’s welfare could 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 Puppy Training or Problem Prevention Consultations, referral is not required prior to the session.