SPECIALIST BEHAVIOUR REFERRALS
RESTORE YOUR HAPPY RELATIONSHIP
ABOUT BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATIONS
I accept referrals for dogs only. I completely understand how upsetting it is to experience behavioural issues in your pet and the emotional upheaval and turmoil it can cause in your family. I also understand that it can be difficult to admit that outside help is sometimes needed. Whatever the issues or circumstances, please be assured that I will never judge, everything discussed is completely confidential and you can speak in complete confidence - everything is absolutely OK & I am totally sure that you have been doing the best job you possibly can do & I am here to help you as best I can.
THE CONSULTATION PROCESS IN BRIEF
Let me explain exactly what happens during a typical behavioural consultation:
Consultations are now conducted 100% remotely via Zoom - more about this process
Consultations last up to 2 hours. You must be referred through to me by your Vet.
Consultations involve a thorough investigation and case history taking of the causes and maintaining factors of the dog's behaviour, including interaction of health and medical issues, development of management strategies and behaviour modification plan. A lot of questions will be asked, they all help me to develop a clearer picture as to exactly why your dog is behaving as he or she is.
Once a better understanding of the 'why' is found, a strategy to solve your dog's issues (behaviour modification plan) will be devised and thoroughly explained to you. Please ask as many questions as you want, that's why you're here - to understand why these issues are occurring.
Following your consultation, a written report detailing the behaviour modification plan will be forwarded to the owner and copied to their Vet. You will also receive a video recording of our session.
Follow up consultations via email are provided up to a maximum of six months. This is an extremely important part of the process because often adjustments of the original plan will need to be made and I will require constant feedback regarding how your dog is progressing.
Liaison with your Vet (or other paraprofessionals) regarding progress and suitability of pharmacological intervention will be included.
CONSULTATION FEE - £175 inclusive of consultation, written report, video recording, third party liaison with paraprofessionals, follow up to 6 months
HOW DO I BOOK?
REFERRAL: You must be directly referred by your Vet. Your Vet will complete a BVBA referral form and send this directly to me with attached medical history.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
As an ABTC Accredited Animal Behaviourist it is a requirement to accept behavioural clients only on veterinary referral & rightly so.
Behavioural issues may occur simultaneously with or as a consequence of medical disorders even though it may not be immediately apparent that one is impacting the other.
If there are any obvious medical issues that I feel may be implicated in your dog's behavioural concerns or similar, then I will refer you back to your Vet.
WHEN WILL MY DOG BE BETTER?
When you visit, you will be given a realistic prognosis based upon the severity of your dog's issues. It may also be that some goals may have to be adjusted albeit temporarily, this is all part of choosing our Practice... you will receive a thorough and knowledgeable assessment and there is absolutely no point in giving you unmanageable expectations.
I will always give you attainable goals, break down your plan into manageable targets and provide a realistic idea of what to expect.
Success depends very much upon a host of factors; owner commitment, time, severity of the problem to name a few.....but I am committed to enabling you succeed.
SPECIALIST BEHAVIOUR REFERRALS
HAPPY DOG - HAPPY YOU!
AFTERWARDS, IS SUPPORT PROVIDED?
Yes! To optimise your dog's progress, constant feedback between both of us is essential. There will be aspects of your dog's behavioural modification plan which will need to be adjusted and you may need additional support at certain times - I will always provide this.
EXAMPLE ISSUES I ASSIST WITH:
Dislike of being left
CLAIMING BACK COSTS
CLAIM BACK FEES
Paying for professional expertise doesn't come cheap, I know that. Depending upon your insurance company, you may be able to claim back some or all of your expenses - please check your policy and I will help where I can.
PRIOR TO OUR MEETING...
Becoming a qualified & Accredited Animal Behaviour Consultant to Masters Degree level takes 5 years of total study plus continued further study and provision of practical experience to become accepted as a full member of professional organizations, so you know that you are consulting with someone with superior knowledge and skills who can help you.
Before we even meet, I will undertake preliminary work or research based upon information identified from your intake form. I will also scrutinise your dog's medical history & will liaise on your behalf with your vet and discuss predisposing factors if required.
AT YOUR CONSULTATION
Of course, this is the most important part & it's always lovely to finally meet you. The great thing about conducting consults remotely is that I have a far greater reach & now consult Nationwide. I love that my consultations are very relaxed and friendly, I want you to feel free and able to speak about anything that concerns you, there's no judgment at all, no one's at fault. The more at ease you are, the easier it is to work out a solution that best fits everyone involved. I'll listen to what works best for you & we'll work out a plan that fits everyone. OK sometimes original goals may have to be adjusted slightly but that's part of behaviour modification - finding a realistic solution.
Your report takes time to write. Every report is very different and contains every suggestion that we talk about during the session. Very often much more will be added because following the consultation, there is time to think about each case in detail. Reports typically take up to two hours to write and involve consulting latest theory regarding subject matter in animal behaviour journals and similar publications. This is crucial because it ensures that you are provided with the latest contemporary advice. I always write my reports within 24hrs whilst a case is 'fresh in the mind'.
Talking is paramount in behaviour modification. Dogs are not robots and there will always be a certain amount of 'fine tuning' required. Usually a first follow up is scheduled at 4 weeks and then check-ins will be scheduled as needed on a case by case basis. Cases which are veterinary referrals will have a referral letter forwarded to their vet.