There are many factors that can contribute to the development of behavioural problems. Problems can develop at any time, not just in puppyhood, but also in well trained and even older dogs. Preventative behaviour counselling and early intervention can reduce the likelihood of the behaviour becoming unbearable to the point when a dog needs to be re-homed or even euthanized.
When behavioural problems develop it can be distressing for you, the owner, we believe that most behavioural problems can be modified. Owners can assume that a problem is normal canine behaviour and are unaware that help is available from a Canine Behaviour Counsellor.
Whatever the problem, we do not pass judgement but empathise and assess the underlying motivations and provide you with a behaviour modification programme to help resolve your dog's particular issue.
A behavioural consultation is conducted in your home to assess your dog and his relationship with the environment in which he lives. We look at each dog as an individual and the emotions that are driving your dog's unwanted behaviour.
A behaviour modification programme is devised to include techniques suited to your lifestyle that you will be able to implement to achieve . We provide you with understanding and knowledge on how your dog learns and communicates, we will also explain the principles behind the techniques given.
The behaviour modification sessions done in your home can potentially be complex and may need to be implemented for an extended period, and it is easy for owners to become discouraged. Persistence with the programme will be rewarded with appropriate behaviours from your dog. It is for this reason that we provide you with extensive telephone support and advice to help you through your personalised programme.
Each case is treated individually, evaluating the emotional and general mood state together with the motivational cause.
Cases should be referred by the owner's Veterinary Surgeon along with the Behaviour Referral Form (below) , assuring the owner and Homely Petz that the problem is not medically related - this can be particularly appropriate if the behaviour has had a sudden onset.
"In nature there are neither rewards nor punishment - there are consequences."
- Robert G. Ingersoll