Dog Behaviour Problems
Perhaps your vet has suggested you need help from a behaviourist and/or trainer. Or perhaps it’s something you realise you need.
If you’re struggling to cope with a dog who is having problems that are affecting you or your family it can be hard to know how to move forward. I know how distressing it can be to struggle with a dog who is having problems. Everyone in the family is affected, it can sometimes cause arguments, and everyone has their own ideas.
As both a professional who works with four-pawed clients and their owners daily, as well as a pet owner myself, I know just how much it hurts when something is going wrong.
I work towards helping your dog, and you, enjoy your time together. I help dogs with aggression, barking, toileting, housetraining, fear, guarding, separation anxiety and distress, and a wide a range of other behaviour problems.
With my guidance I can help you to understand the causes, and together we put a plan in place to start things moving in the right direction.
How does it work?
You can quickly access live, online support consultations as well as in-person by contacting me to set up an appointment, or you can arrange this directly using the options below.
We will then meet for a consultation where together we go through the issues you are struggling with. Then, based on that conversation I will either be able to help you then and there or suggest a way forward with actionable steps that we hope will positively improve your dog’s behaviour.
I am here to give you an honest, clear and happier future with your doggy best friend, wherever I can.
If you aren’t sure what you need, I suggest an Introductory consultation.
Or, if you have an urgent behaviour problem, you may wish to set up an Emergency consultation where we can discuss immediate risks and safety management.
Behaviour consultation is a process rather than a single one-off event! We aim to provide follow-up support over a period of time so that recommended changes can be monitored. A Behaviour Consultation consists of your main appointment and then, depending on the options you choose, follow-up sessions either on line or in person.
Please note that as behaviour problems can often be caused by medical conditions (often very hard to spot), your Vet will need to confirm that your pet is otherwise fit and well using our easy-access Vet referral form.
Not sure what you might need?
You are welcome to arrange an Introductory consultation (15 min via Zoom/telephone) where we can discuss the behaviour issues your pet is having, and set out some options for support. We cannot solve the problem with this session of course, but it can be reassuring to discuss immediate aims. You can then arrange further help if you wish.
Please note that if your pet has medical issues or suspected issues, you must contact your Vet.
Help! Need urgent behaviour advice?
Do you need help while waiting for a full consult? Is it a high risk situation and you need more urgent behaviour advice?
Book yourself into a ‘Pre-consultation’ for advice on immediate behaviour management (1 hour, held via Zoom).
As behaviour problems can often be caused by medical conditions (often very hard to spot), your Vet will need to confirm that your pet is otherwise fit and well using our easy-access Vet referral form.
If you have a medical emergency with your pet, please contact your Vet who can provide a 24/7 emergency service.
What do I need to know?
Q. Is this something that my pet insurance may cover?
A. Yes! Behaviour Consultation fees with an CCAB and/or APBC full member are often fully or partly covered by many insurance policies. Please contact your insurer for details.
Q. Why must I seek referral from my Veterinary Surgeon? My dog seems fine!
A. Dogs often mask pain and illness, but behaviour problems can often be the result. Clinical Animal Behaviourists recognise there can be a link between some medical conditions and behavioural symptoms. As a result a strong link is essential between the Veterinary surgeon and the behaviourist. Send your Vet our easy-access Vet referral form. If necessary we can speak directly to your Vet practice.
Q. How quickly will I see results?
A. As with any treatment, behavioural intervention cannot guarantee results, but we do aim to work together to make changes. The program advised may produce some results very quickly, particularly where you are learning new practical handling skills or making specific changes to your pet’s routine.
More often, we want to be hopeful, but also realistic, so out of respect to you and your pet(s), I am here to provide a clear and honest assessment of what I feel is possible. It will take time, effort and commitment from all the family to produce changes to behaviour. Sometimes we may find there may be an ongoing issue, risk may be continually present, or your pet(s) may find it hard to adapt. Remember that your dog’s problems may have developed over a long period of time, so we aim to stay positive but also, to be open about what is possible. I think we will all agree that your pet(s) are worth it.
Following your consultation, further advice and support is available as you progress. There is a chance that you may need further training or ongoing treatment following behaviour consultation, especially with a more complex or deep-rooted issue or one where you have a multi-pet household. This support can be booked separately.
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I am a registered professional, following a strict code of practice aiming to maintain both you and your dog’s welfare and everyone’s safety too.
- Animal Behaviour and Training Council Clinical Animal Behaviourist registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, (ABTC-CAB) and Animal Training Instructor (ABTC-ATI) (Dogs/Cats)
- Full member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC) (Dogs)
- Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) (Dogs/Cats)
- Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)