One-to-One Training

Designed for dogs with basic training problems or minor behaviour issues. One-to-one sessions are tailored to the specific needs of you and your dog.

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Behaviour Counselling

Designed for dogs displaying significant behaviour problems. Behaviour treatment courses include problem assessment, explanation, treatment programme and rehabilitation work

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Training Classes

We run a variety of training courses for dogs of all ages including: Puppy, Junior and University Courses, Kennel Club Good Citizen Classes, Agility and Rally Obedience

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Behaviour Counselling

Behaviour treatment courses are designed for dogs displaying significant problems including:-

Aggression Repetitive/stereotypic behaviours
Separation problems Inappropriate toileting
Nervousness, fears and phobias Excessive barking
Excessive management problems Chase problems

Alongside the primary behaviour problem, any minor behaviour or training issues can also be addressed during the treatment course.

Behaviour treatment courses are divided into 3 sessions. The initial consultation is the most involved and lasts 1½-2 hours. During this time a history of your dog’s behaviour is taken and the details of the problems being displayed are discussed in detail. Based on this information initial recommendations for your treatment programme will then be provided. You will receive a detailed written report of your consultation including various handouts to support you and full telephone/email support as you begin to work through the recommendations.

You will also receive two follow up sessions (each 1 hour) to focus on practical implementation of the programme and to build upon the recommendations provided during your first session. The first follow up will usually be arranged for approximately 4-6 weeks after your initial consultation, during which progress will be assessed and if appropriate, further practical exercises will be introduced. The final session (1 hour) is then arranged according to progress and at this point progress recommendations for future work will be made. You will receive summaries of both follow up sessions outlining the recommendations discussed and, following the end of the treatment course, further rehabilitation sessions can be arranged if ongoing support (particularly with practical work) is required.

All behaviour treatment courses require a referral from your veterinary surgeon. It is advisable that you contact your veterinary surgery prior to booking an appointment to ensure that a behaviour referral is considered appropriate. Prior to your appointment your vet will need to complete a veterinary referral form and you will need to complete a behaviour questionnaire.

PRICES

BEHAVIOUR TREATMENT COURSE (Wirral, Chester and Cheshire West) £280.00 (all inclusive) *
BEHAVIOUR TREATMENT COURSE (North Wales, Cheshire East and Merseyside) £350.00 (all inclusive) *
REHABILITATION SESSIONS £40.00 per hour
REACTIVE DOG CLASSES (6 week blocks) Only available to our behaviour clients £60.00
SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS (monthly) Only available to our behaviour and one-to-one clients
*Many dog insurance companies now include cover for behavioural treatment so it is advisable to check your policy details.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do I need a veterinary referral?

Veterinary referral to a behaviour counsellor is the same as referral to any other specialist. The first point of contact should be your veterinarian who can direct you to the most appropriate specialist for you and your dogs needs, similar to your doctor referring you on to a specialist.

Most importantly, many behavioural problems can be related to medical complaints or other issues, it is therefore essential that these possibilities are checked by your veterinarian. Furthermore, in some cases diet changes or drug therapy may be a necessary part of your dog’s treatment programme which is only achievable with close contact between your behaviourist and the referring veterinarian.

Following the first session, how long before I see improvements?

This will be dependent on a variety of factors including the extent and duration of the problem and how much time you are able to spend working with the dog. I can advise and assist as much as is required but you are your dog’s primary role model. It is often the consistency of the owners that is the best predictor of the rate of improvement.

Many owners will see initial improvements relatively quickly (within a few weeks). However, due to the complexity of many behaviour problems, working on the treatment programme is likely to span months rather than weeks. In some cases full resolution of the problem is not possible although dog and owner can often live happily with the improvements and management systems put in place during the treatment course.

Is there anything I can do prior to my behaviour treatment course?

In cases of aggression it is of utmost importance that you ensure the safety of yourself, your family and the public. This may mean restricting the dog, keeping the dog on a lead and avoiding any potential problems. Until the dog can be assessed professionally you should avoid potential problem situations.

With nervous or fear related behaviours it is preferable that the dog is not forced into a situation which they find uncomfortable. A nervous dog should not feel pressured as this can make the problem worse or even trigger aggression.

My dog can display aggression, what are my legal responsibilities?

The most comprehensive sources of information on dog related laws, in particular those relating to aggression such as the Dangerous Dogs Act, are DOG LAW SOS and DOG LAW who also have a telephone legal advice line.

Where are Behaviour Treatment Courses held?

The first session is always conducted as a housecall allowing us to see your dog in the environment he/she is most comfortable in. This also enables us to discuss in detail the dogs history and the problems you are having whilst being able to assess the dog’s general disposition and relationships with the household members.

Subsequent sessions will be arranged to suit the requirements of your behaviour modification programme – we can continue with house calls, we can meet for a walk to practice in ‘real-life’ or it may be necessary to come to one of our training venues where we can work outdoors but in a controlled environment, perhaps utilising our own ‘stooge dogs’ to help you progress with the practical aspects of your treatment programme.

I have more than one dog, does that cost more?

No. Payment covers our time with you and your dogs. Our assessment and behavioural history taking looks at the all aspects of the dogs’ life and the household as a whole, we do not look at the behaviour of one dog in isolation as this does not reflect how the dog lives on a day to day basis in a multi-dog household.

However, if you have significant problems with more than one dog you may require more practical help over a longer period as you work through these issues. In which case, it may be recommended that you continue with some rehabilitation sessions following the end of your behaviour treatment course.