Most unwanted behaviour in dogs can be adjusted with a little training, but sometimes the problem is a little deeper and the dog needs a bit more help. You may need a behaviour consultation if you are experiencing one of the following:
Separation problems (destructive behaviour when left alone, being aggressive when you leave the house
Fearful behaviour (lunging or barking on a lead)
Sound sensitivities (reactions to thunder or fireworks)
Attention seeking (jumping, biting)
Inappropriate chasing, or repetitive behaviour (chasing their own tail)
To get to the bottom of the problem, I’ll carry out a full assessment of your dog’s environment, diet, daily routine (including sleeping) and his/her emotional state. That’s to ensure that we aren’t overlooking any clues to the behaviour before we start putting together a training plan.
I’ll start by sending a questionnaire for you to complete and return to me. A referral from your vet will ensure that there isn’t a medical explanation. We’ll then put a date in the diary for me to come and visit you at home. We’ll talk through the completed form and agree a treatment plan together. This visit will last up to two hours, and we’ll set a date for a follow-up visit. On-going support from then on depends on the specifics of the case, and we’ll discuss your needs at the time.
The treatment plan we’ll work on together will, like all my training, be based around rewards and positive reinforcement. We want your dog to understand that there are positive consequences to good behaviour. It’s an approach that is fair to your dog, and builds a trusting relationship between you.
Does this sound like the support you need? Get in touch here.
Ainsley Miller DipCABT (COAPE Certified Animal Behaviourist, RQF- Level 6)
Dog Behaviourist and Trainer