Behaviour consultationsDog behaviour problems

Many factors can contribute to the development of behavioural problems such as aggression, separation anxiety, excessive barking, phobias and fears, destructiveness or indoor elimination. With the appropriate help and advice these problems can be modified and managed.
As a qualified and experienced pet behaviourist, I offer dog and cat behaviour counselling in the Twickenham and Richmond areas, west London including Teddington, Kingston, Hammersmith, Notting Hill, Shepherds Bush, Kensington, Holland Park, Middlesex and parts of Surrey.
A behavioural consultation is to help modify problem behaviour and involves assessing your pet in your home, or in the location where the unwanted behaviour occurs. To build a case history I look at each pet as an individual and determine the emotions that are influencing the behaviour. I will explain why the behaviour is being maintained and the techniques advised to address it.
Cat behaviour problemsThe consultation lasts 2-3 hours and includes demonstration of the practical aspects of the programme, after which you will receive a report outlining your pet's behavioural plan and any relevant help sheets.
Veterinary referral
I provide behaviour consultations on vet referral, which complies with professional guidelines. A veterinary referral is useful as it is intended to rule out, or make me aware of, any potential underlying medical issues that could be contributing to your pet's behaviour.
 

Post visit

Behaviour modification is complex and may need to be implemented for an extended period. However, consistency, persistence and compliance to the programme will always improve your level of success.

Aftercare support is provided regarding the specific problem either by telephone or email. Ongoing communication through regular updates is encouraged for continued support guidance.

For more successful outcomes, sometimes follow-up visits are required. These help with evaluating progress and reviewing procedures. Any follow-ups will depend on your goals and the progress you make post visit. Alternatively participation in our Re-socialisation Classes is an option you may wish to consider.
Canine behaviour issues

How to book

To book a consultation there is some necessary preliminary paperwork. I will ask you to complete and return a pre-visit questionnaire. Please contact us for a form. If appropriate, some lesser complex behaviour issues may be seen at a reduced cost provided no follow up is required.

Insurance: Some pet insurance companies will provide financial support for behavioural problems. It is worth checking with your insurance company to see if they will help towards the cost if a vet refers your dog or cat for behaviour counselling.  

Credentials

Behaviour CredentialsI have a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour, and am a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications I am gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership. I also have an advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (DipCABT) and am a full member of the COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers.

A thorough understanding of animal behaviour and the science that shapes it is essential for modifying or stopping unwanted behaviour, as is extensive practical experience. 

To discuss any concerns about your dog or cat’s behaviour or to arrange for a behaviour consultation, please contact us.

020 8892 2435

07929 292909
barks@fetchpets.co.uk

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