This Centres Canine Behaviour Practitioners are approved by many Pet Insurance when referred by your Veterinarian. A General Canine Behaviour Consultation will last approximately two hours. The information below will guide you through a typical consultation:
- After your initial contact via the telephone and an explanation in brief of the problem that you wish to be present to the practitioner, your details will be recorded and the relevant psychological profile forms will be sent to you via e-mail for completion prior to the meeting. This collated information helps speed up the process and gives us a background of your dog, its lifestyle and the problem at issue.
- A canine behaviourist will be allocated to you and your dog and they will explain what to expect during the consultation.
- When the consultation begins the practitioner will begin to gather the pertinent information. It is vital in most cases that the appropriate questions are asked and answered in order to build up a complete and accurate picture so that the correct behavioural diagnosis is made. This is correlated to the profile you completed.
- The next part of the Consultation will be for testing the dog’s behavioural responses if necessary, for example: walking the dog in public places to observe fear or predatory problems, playing sounds for dogs that are phobic etc.
- The practitioner will then explain what they believe that the problem is and its cause or probable cause. You can expect complete honesty from your dog behaviourist.
- Understanding how dogs learn is important and this will be explained to you in detail. Pertinent training and handling techniques will be demonstrated to you and by example. Any equipment recommended will be discussed and demonstrated.
- Upon completion of the meeting, you will receive some relevant behavioural information in written form.
- Thereafter, your dog behaviourist will write a full report including the relevant rehabilitation programmes and or management of the problem you presented. this will be sent to you within twenty one days of the consultation time. The report writing time is in excess of three hours work and is included in the one consultation fee. A copy of this is sent to your Veterinarian unless you request otherwise.
- Thereafter, we encourage communication via telephone or e-mail so that we can monitor your progress with your dog and perhaps impart further advice if required.