Behaviour

Most people simply require their dog to be well behaved, living sociably and peacefully as part of a family. However, sometimes the communication between owner and dog can break down, leading to dogs who react to other dogs and people, suffer with separation related problems, become nervous, fearful or phobic, chase vehicles, joggers, cyclists etc.

I am a registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council and have been a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors for over 20 years. I see owners who are experiencing severe and extreme difficulties with their dog, on referral from their veterinary surgeon. I use a psychological approach to determine the motivation of the individual difficulties, rather than simply treating the symptoms.

It is advisable that you contact your veterinary surgery prior to booking an appointment to ensure that a behaviour referral is considered appropriate. Prior to your appointment, we will contact your veterinary surgeon for a clinical history and endorse referral.

Understanding the consultation process is important. Initially you will want and need to relay information regarding to the specifics of the behaviour you consider to be problematic, however, ultimately, I will encourage you to discuss your dog’s full history and reactions in all aspects of life. This will enable me to understand your dog’s behaviour from both your dog’s perspective and your perceptive. Your dog’s behaviour from video evidence, during the consultation and the behaviour described by yourself will be explained and the likely underlying emotions producing those resultant behaviours. Whilst you may feel that you already have a good understanding of your dog’s behaviour, research suggests that in general owners are likely to only have a low level of understanding of the behavioural signals performed by their dog. I will therefore, try to describe and discuss your dog’s behaviour during the consultation, helping you to recognise the emotional motivations of your dog’s body language.

Understanding how I can help is important.

I will not simply make suggestions for symptoms BUT provide solutions for treating the cause. 

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Session One - History & Background

Carrie will encourage you to discuss everything about your dog, their daily lifestyle and behaviour. This will enable Carrie to understand your dogs behaviour from both your dogs perspective and yours. Where possible, you may also like to capture video evidence of your dogs behaviour and send this to Carrie prior to your call.

A thirty-minute telephone call instigated by the client - £42.00

Session Two - Understanding & Foundations to Better Behaviour

From the first session Carrie will have determined the motivation for your dogs unwanted behaviour and the underlying emotions producing those resultant behaviours.

In this session Carrie will explain the emotions involved and motivation for your dog’s behaviour, helping you to recognise the emotional motivations of your dog’s body language. Owner’s frequently report that gaining an understanding of their dog’s behaviour helps them appreciate their dog’s emotional state.

We will then begin to build firm foundations for better behaviour, focusing on ensuring you have everything you need to achieve this crucial start in working with your dog towards better behaviour.

A thirty-minute telephone call instigated by the client - £42.00

Session Three - First Steps

Having built good foundations and started to see positive changes in your dogs behaviour. This session will focus on developing these and introducing the first steps in changing your dogs unwanted behaviour.

A thirty - minute one to one session held at the Training & Behaviour Centre - £42.00

Session Four - Next Steps

Having started to see positive changes in your dogs behaviour this session will focus on developing previous advice and introduce further suggestions and recommendations, continuing to work towards your goal in helping your dog.

A thirty-minute one to one session held at the Training & Behaviour Centre - £42.00

Session Five - In Practice

This session involves working practically with you and your dog; it will either take place at the training centre or a park local to the centre.

A thirty-minute practical session - £42.00

Support and aftercare - Free

Carrie is committed to providing continued support to all clients. Owners are required to email or telephone Carrie on a weekly basis. This enables Carrie to ensure the advice is applied consistently and Carrie can highlight any potential setbacks and adapt advice accordingly.

Please note: Sessions must be taken in consecutive order

Clients consistently report that my unique way of explaining their dog’s behaviour gives them greater understanding and helps them appreciate why they are advised to implement my recommendations.

Please note, it is a criteria of my APBC membership, that clients contact their veterinary surgery to ensure that a behaviour referral is considered appropriate and arrange for a clinical history to be sent to endorse referral.

Some insurance companies may cover the cost of this type of behaviour consultation when carried out by members of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors providing the owner has been referred from their veterinary surgeon. As such owners are advised to check their individual policy or contact the company involved

For more information or to book a consultation please call us on 01642 670404