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 during the online 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.

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

Understanding how I can help is important.

Online Sessions:

There’s no difficult technology needed to do a virtual/online appointment. All you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet with a webcam and an internet connection, and you are ready to go!

  • I use Facebook Messenger or ZOOM because they are easy to access and use, as well as being secure.
  • ONLINE sessions provide FLEXIBILITY.
  • LIVE sessions mean I’ll be there with you in your home, watching your dog, interactions, the layout of your home. Just as I would if I came to visit you.
  • You can take me with you on walks so that I can see how your dog behaves around other dogs or people. In effect, I’m there with you.
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Session One - History & Background - Essential

I will encourage you to discuss everything about your dog, their daily lifestyle and behaviour. This will enable me to understand your dog’s behaviour from both your dog’s perspective and yours. We will focus on the specific difficulties you are experiencing and consider to be problematic. Virtual consultations enable me to take a history whilst observing your dog in your home, in a natural relaxed setting.

A thirty-minute online session - £42.00

Support & Aftercare - Essential

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

Weekly emails to provide feedback - £42.00

Session Two - Understanding & Foundations to Better Behaviour - Essential

From the first session I will have determined the motivation for your dogs unwanted behaviour and the 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 limited understanding of the behavioural signals performed by their dog.

In this session I 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 online session - £42.00

Session Three - First Steps - Essential

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

A thirty-minute online session - £42.00

Session Four - Next Steps - Optional

Having started to see positive changes in your dog’s 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. Using social media (Facebook messenger) you can video call me whilst out with your dog on a walk or in any problematic situation we are working on. In effect, I am there with you, supporting you, offering constructive help and advice. You have the choice to drop in or enable me to remain constantly with you throughout. You can book as many of these sessions as you choose.

A thirty-minute online session - £42.00

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

Information for Veterinary Surgeons

If you are a veterinary surgeon and wish to refer a behavioural case please email the following information to carrie.evans@btconnect.com:

  • Referral letter with details of referring practice plus a brief description of behavioural problems.
  • Full medical history.
  • Contact details for the client including full address and mobile/home telephone numbers.
  • On submitting this information please ask the client to contact us directly and we will provide details of our services and costs.

If a veterinary practice has a query regarding a potential referral and would like to speak to Carrie prior to referral please telephone the office on 01642 670404