Home Visits: Your dog’s problems solved in the comfort of your own home:
- In-depth consultation – you may be asked to complete a pro-forma questionnaire prior to the home visit
- All family members involved
- Observe and identify the main causes of the unwanted behaviour
- Your questions answered
- Practical training techniques demonstrated where possible
- A practical rehabilitation/training plan provided
- Equipment (as necessary) demonstrated and explained
- Comprehensive report sent to you (and your vet, if required)
- Follow up support by email or telephone to ensure progress
- You gain the confidence to ensure success
I Can Help You With:
- Anxiety, conﬁdence issues and being home alone
- Territorial and possession behaviour
- Destructive and chewing behaviour
- Attention seeking and jumping up
- Aggression to people and dogs
- Barking, boredom and stimulation
- Feeding and nutrition
- Training issues and much more
Dog Behaviour Home Visits
Dog Good behaviour begins at home, but so does unwanted behaviour!
Observing your dog’s behaviour at home and the relationship between you and your dog is the best start to solving problems. Being in the environment where problems present and seeing first hand how these factors influence your dog’s behaviour offers me the best opportunity to help you enjoy having the relationship you really want with your dog. Dogs are our best friends and constant companions, so it’s important to understand why your dog may not be behaving in quite the way you want.
Sometimes dogs may engage in behaviour that is unacceptable to their owners. All manner of behavioural problems – some relatively minor, some serious – may be addressed in the client’s home or in a selected public area, as appropriate.
When making an appointment, please reserve up to half a day (morning or afternoon) to ensure that your dog’s behaviour problems are addressed and solved, as appropriate. Consultations start from £395 in the local area (up to 35 miles); mileage may be charged for appointments further afield. I cover the whole of Essex and Suffolk and surrounding counties, but if you do live further afield I am happy to travel or you may prefer a telephone consultation. I am happy to give you a quotation before making an appointment.
Puppy Home Visits:
Introducing a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, but it can be fraught with frustration and challenges. If you’re feeling unsure about any aspect of being a puppy owner and doing the best you possibly can for your puppy, there’s no better way to put your mind at rest than with a Puppy Home Visit. All your questions answered; watch demonstrations of techniques to solve behaviour problems, such as nipping, biting, jumping up, etc. by an expert dog behaviourist.
How a Dog Consultation works:
Meet the family:
Having all the family members present – and sometimes those who interact with the dog on a regular basis, maybe your dog walker or neighbour – is ideal. Working together is a proven pathway towards solving your dog’s problems. Everyone can express their opinions and relate the problems they are experiencing with the family pet dog; they can also listen, watch and understand the solutions that I will offer to address the problems. When we all work together, confusion is avoided and the unwanted behaviour is addressed quickly.
Observe and identify the problem dog behaviour(s)
I observe and usually interact with your dog to identify the cause of the unwanted behaviour; this may be indoors, in the garden or outside the home, wherever the problems occur. At the same time I undertake a psychological and temperament assessment of your dog.
Dog Questions answered:
Explaining the cause of the dog behaviour inevitably gives rise to questions, so by providing answers and usually by demonstrating how to remedy the problems, everyone present will be able to use the necessary techniques.
I want you to be confident that you can continue using these new skills once my visit is complete.
In some cases the root of the problem may be such that it is embedded into the dog’s psyche and I will assess the realistic chances of success based on the evidence provided.
A Practical Plan:
I supply a working plan based on the tried and tested “Balanced Leadership Programme” and a written report, if required, explaining the causes and remedy to the behaviour presented. This report may be forwarded to your veterinarian if requested.
I also provide an insight into how dogs think and learn; why they do what they do and an understanding of the body language that give discreet signals of their intentions.
Teaching your dog a new skill set takes patience and regular practice, but it’s so rewarding and can be life-changing.
After my visit, I offer telephone support and advice. It is important that you continue to be confident and give your dog the confidence it needs to develop into the dog that you really want.
In the event that a further visit is necessary or other problems present, it may be necessary to arrange a follow up session, which I offer on an hourly basis. The initial appointment generally lasts around three hours following prior completion of a questionnaire to give essential background information, as necessary.
Most pet insurance companies recognise The CFBA for clients who are referred by their veterinary surgeon for dog behaviour problems. Not available for dog training.
Sue Gilmore is a Fellow of The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association
of Great Britain (CFBA). This organisation is accepted by pet insurance companies
that offer cover for behaviour problems and meets their criteria for competence and excellence. Check if your policy offers this cover; if so, you can download a claim form that your vet will sign to confirm that your dog’s behaviour needs remedial attention and you will only pay the usual excess.