A behavioural consultation may be necessary if your dog is displaying inappropriate or unwanted behaviours or due an emotional disorder. So whether you feel the problem is primarily for you or for the welfare of your pet we are here to help.
Issues we commonly see for behavioural consultation;
- Aggression towards people (either inside or outside the home)
- Aggression towards other dogs
- Separation anxiety
- Resource guarding
- Noise phobia
- Generalised anxiety
- Inappropriate toileting
- Cognitive Dysfunction
As with all of our training our behavioural consultations follow up to date science and are entirely force-free. Dr Katie Friel-Russell BVSc APDT MRCVS undertakes all of our behavioural consultations.
As Katie is a veterinary surgeon she also has the ability to prescribe medications where necessary to aide with progress. She can also assess the impact of medical conditions on behaviour. To read more about Dr Katie Friel-Russell BVSc APDT MRCVS and her qualifications and experience please click here.
Our consults consist of a three hour visit (usually at your home) where we discuss your pets history, current problems and undertake practical assessments. Once a diagnosis has been made a treatment plan will be formulated between you and Katie. You will receive a written report detailing the treatment plan usually 10+ pages long. The initial fee includes the consultation, written treatment plan and phone and email support on going.
Further practical sessions may be necessary but this will be discussed as you progress, these are charged at £60/hr + travel. Behavioural consultations ideally take place at your home, therefore there will be an additional travel charge.
If your pet is insured and their policy covers behavioural issues then you may be covered for the cost of the consult and follow on sessions. Katie will be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.
It is possible to make a direct claim with some insurance companies. This means you only pay your excess and the rest of the cost is claimed directly from your insurance companies. If your insurance company does not cover the cost then you are still liable to pay the remaining bill. See our Terms and Conditions for more details.
All behaviour consultations are done strictly on a referral only basis, due to the strong link between mental and physical health. This means we ask you to have your vet refer yourself to us or you vet may have suggested that you have a consult with us. We than have access to your pet’s medical record and have open communication with your vet. Often to make progress we need to work as a team between owner, behaviourist and local vet.
You can ask your vet to fill in our referral form on our website and email your pet’s medical history to firstname.lastname@example.org
On The Day of the Behavioural Consultation
For the consult please have all dogs (except separation cases) put into another room to begin with. This allows Katie to start discussions and explain body language as your dog meets her later in the consult. Please have treats ready for use in the consult. Small, high value treats are best – see our blog for more information. Please also have all training tools (leads, collars, harness, muzzles etc.) that you currently use for your dog to hand.
If possible please have all family members present for the consult so everyone is working from the same page and we have everyone’s input.