To modify unwanted behaviours in your dog
After an initial telephone conversation about your dog and what you want to achieve, I shall most likely ask you to obtain a referral from your veterinary surgeon. The reason for this is that some unwanted behaviours are caused by underlying medical problems and it's important to rule these out before we start - it may be that a visit to the vet is all that is needed. In other cases, it may be necessary for me to work together with your vet to tackle the problem with a combination of medication and behavioural adjustment training.
Once we have agreed to proceed, I will visit you and your dog in your own home. This is so I can see the dog in its own environment, and meet as many of the family as possible - if we are going to make progress, this is very much going to be a joint effort with everyone in the household being consistent with the dog. A consultation usually lasts for 1.5 to 3 hours, but longer if required. We will normally incorporate a walk so I can observe your dog's response to the outdoor environment, where many problem behaviours occur.
I will then share with you my assessment, and work with you on practical exercises to help make the changes you are seeking. Together we will develop a plan that you feel comfortable with. I will be honest with you about the amount of work and the time needed to get where you want to be.
Following the consultation I will send you and your veterinary practice a full report, summarising my assessment and detailing the staged exercises I am recommending. I will also provide you with pre-prepared information sheets if appropriate. I shall contact you around 10 days later to discuss progress and arrange a follow-up visit, if required, but you are welcome to contact me at any time if you need my help. Remember - you are not alone! You are welcome to call me at any time.