Behaviour Consultation

My Approach The Consultation is a two-step process to provide you with strong foundation support to help you and your dog. It is around 5 hours of my time for tailored advice.
I fully understand just how difficult it can be to cope with a dog’s problems and am fully committed to use my expertise and time to help you rebuild your relationship with your dog and improve your confidence when working through their issues.

I start by doing a First Consultation Session which is when I work with you to start understanding what is causing your dog to behave in the way that they do, and I undertake more detailed observations of your dog. Their behaviour could be caused by a one-off incident, anxiety, be attributable to their history (for example if a rescue dog), be initiated by their genetics, or for a multitude of other reasons.
During the First Consultation (which may be by Zoom or in-person), we will cover some control and management methods to help you manage the issues in the short term so you can start to feel better about them, and which are designed to keep you both safe. You will receive an Initial Report and Actions within 72 hours of the first session summarising my thoughts on your dog's behaviour, the recommended initial actions and relevant helpsheets. I encourage note-taking in this session.

The Second Consultation Session typically takes place in-person (unless this is not appropriate for your dog) around 2 weeks after the First Session, and lasts around 60 minutes. The aim of this session is for us to discuss your progress so far, make any further observations and to enable refinement of the practical behaviour therapy for your dog. We will also put into practice the suggested therapy so that you understand how to practice after the session. Helping a dog to change their behaviour usually takes time, patience and consistency in the longer term.

After the Second Consultation Session, you will receive a tailored Behaviour Support Plan for the immediate future. This will:
  • Explain the next steps needed to help your dog at an achievable pace
  • Be easy to understand (no technical jargon!)
  • Explain what extra equipment you’ll need (if any)
Whilst the two-step Consultation Session should give you a strong foundation for helping you and your dog, since many behavioural issues are often complex, you may find that additional Coaching Sessions are needed to give you the practical support in a real-life environment which is needed to make additional progress. In my experience, the Consultation alone is rarely sufficient to help a dog with behavioural issues to rehabilitate in the longer term.
Note: in some cases, I may ask that your dog has a veterinary check to rule out pain or medical issues as contributing factors. I may also ask you to sign a simple form so that I can obtain details of your dog’s medical issues from the vet.
Behavioural Consultation - What's Included?Here’s what’s included in a Behavioural Consultation with me:
    15 minute free pre-Consultation call to book your First Session.
    You’ll complete a Consultation Form providing core details, to be submitted 72 hours before our First Consultation Session. You may be asked to send relevant videos/photos of your dog and/or your home.
    60-90 minute session (either over Zoom or in-person) including assessment of your dog, observations and initial advice. 
    You'll receive a tailored Report and Actions within 72 hours of our First Consultation Session.
    A 60 minute in-person session (or Zoom where more appropriate for the dog) to discuss progress, observations, refine the suggested support and start to put into practice the recommended Behavioural Therapy. This typically takes place 2 weeks after our First Consultation Session.
    I will summarise my recommendations in a Behaviour Support Plan.
    I will follow up with you by email or phone to discuss progress and any questions you may have, and arrange further Coaching Sessions as required.
Additional Coaching SessionsMost behavioural issues require more than the two-step Consultation. Follow-up 1-2-1 Behavioural Coaching Sessions last 60 minutes (in person where possible or by Zoom). I am happy to provide a tailored fee for multiple follow-up Coaching Sessions when booked at the same time.

If I need to travel more than 5 miles (each way) from my home for any Session, then an additional Travel Charge will apply.
Additional Coaching Session£65 per hourBook Now
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