THE BEHAVIOUR PRACTICE
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ABOUT BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATIONS
The Behaviour Practice assists dogs only. We assist dogs which may be excessively anxious or nervous, aggressive or stressed. They may be barking a lot, dislike being left alone, soiling the home or engaging in behaviours that seem totally without any reasoning at all.
Whatever the problem, we are here to help in a friendly, relaxed way and are committed to your success
THE CONSULTATION PROCESS IN BRIEF
We completely understand that you might be a little apprehensive about the process, maybe even a little skeptical - that's all normal, so let's explain exactly what happens.
Consultations are conducted at our quiet, country practice.
Consultations last up to 2 hours.
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 develop a clearer picture as to exactly why your dog is behaving as her 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 (if referred to us).
Follow up consultations via telephone/email are provided up to a maximum of six months. Further consultations are booked if required.
Liaison with the clients' Vet regarding progress and suitability of pharmacological intervention where necessary (if referred to us).
CONSULTATION FEE - £150
HOW DO I BOOK?
NON-REFERRAL: Simply make contact with The Behaviour Practice via email or telephone and we will send you a pre-consultation questionnaire to complete and return up to 48hrs before a visit.
REFERRAL: You may also be referred directly by your Vet. In this case, your Vet will complete a BVBA referral form and send this directly to the practice.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
We accept clients without Veterinary referral, however it is important to stress that 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.
It's important therefore to rule out any medical causes. In some cases a Veterinary visit prior to or following a behaviour consultation will be requested as may be liaising with your Vet as part of the modification process. In most cases access to medical history is requested and the majority of our cases are Vet referrals.
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.
We 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 we are committed to enabling you succeed.
AFTERWARDS, IS SUPPORT PROVIDED?
To optimise your dog's progress, a constant liaison between you and your behaviourist 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 - we will always provide this.
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THE COST OF A QUALIFIED BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATION PROCESS
CLAIM BACK FEES
Paying for professional expertise doesn't come cheap, we know that and we also know that coming to see us may be viewed as a very large outlay or possibly even a gamble. It's important from our perspective to outline the steps that we put in to ensure the very best possible outcome, that combined with your utmost dedication to the process.
THE VERY FIRST STEPS
Becoming a qualified 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 you even meet, preliminary work will be undertaken, to research the issues your dog is suffering from, based upon information identified from your intake form. If you are a referral, we will liaise on your behalf with your vet and discuss predisposing factors.
AT YOUR CONSULTATION
Of course, this is the most important part & it's lovely to meet you both. We take pride in the fact that our consultations are very relaxed and friendly, the aim is that you 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 and your dog are, the easier it is to work out a solution that best fits everyone involved. OK sometimes original goals may have to be adjusted slightly but that's part of behaviour modification - finding a realistic solution & that's what we do.
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. Reports are always written within 24hrs whilst a case is 'fresh in the mind' and sent via email within 2-3 days.
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.