Dog Behaviour Consultations

Dog behaviour problemsSometimes our dog’s behaviour can be difficult to manage and understand.  At Happy Hounds, we understand that dog behaviour problems can be worrying and confusing, and can sometimes lead to a breakdown in the relationship between you and your dog.

Our dog behaviour consultations aim to restore this relationship so that you can both enjoy life together.

Realistic advice and options

We take a holistic approach  to behaviour issues – looking at the cause, not just the symptom of the unwanted behaviour.  We do not offer a 'one size fits all' approach, as all behaviour problems are different and every dog is an individual.  Canine behaviour is complex and requires both good theoretical and practical knowledge to truly understand the motivations, and solutions, for the behaviour.  We provide realistic advice about the causes, options and likely improvement of the problem behaviour, and work with you on implementing a behaviour modification plan.

Qualified behaviour advice and training solutions

Susan has qualifications and accreditations in both training and behaviour, and ensures that she stays up to date with the latest developments in behaviour work by undertaking continued professional development. She regularly attends workshops, seminars and conferences, both in the UK and abroad, to ensure her knowledge is current.

Susan is a provisional* member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), which means that she abides by a strict code of conduct and continually develops her professional knowledge.  (*Provisional membership is available for those who have achieved relevant academic accreditation to degree level or higher and are able to conduct behaviour consultations but have not yet received the requisite experience to become full members).

We only use kind, effective, reward-based training techniques and do not advocate the use of any methods that inflict pain or fear. Our training and behaviour modification methods are based on the up-to-date, scientific principles of how dogs learn.  We do not condone or use any harsh punishment-based training methods which rely on coercion or intimidation. We only use humane dog training methods, which help strengthen the relationship between you and your dog.

What we can help with:

At Happy Hounds we have a wealth of experience in dealing with the wide range of behaviour issues dogs can experience, and can help with problems, including:

  • Aggression towards people Dog-dog aggression
  • Aggression towards other dogs or cats
  • Separation distress
  • Fears, phobias and anxiety (such as fear of loud noises, fireworks etc)
  • Guarding food, toys, people or places
  • Excessive barking
  • Chasing livestock, joggers, cyclist
  • Car travel
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Multi-dog household problems
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviour
  • Senior dog problems

Unfortunately, there is no ‘magic wand’ to solve problem behaviour and quick fixes often suppress a behaviour, either creating a vacuum for another unwanted behaviour to take its place, or for the original problem behaviour to resurface at a later date.  Using behaviour modification techniques coupled with time, patience and our guidance we can help you create long-term behaviour change in your dog.

How does a behaviour consultation work?

When you need a behaviour consultation, I will ask you to obtain a referral from your vet. Working under veterinary referral, ensures that any potential medical reasons – either past or present - for your dog’s behaviour are ruled out and that your vet is kept in the loop about your dog’s behaviour.

I will also provide you with a behaviour questionnaire to complete, prior to the consultation.  The questionnaire is quite detailed, but the more information you can provide, the more you can help me to identify some of the issues that may be driving the behaviour.

Once I receive the completed veterinary referral form and behaviour questionnaire, we can then make an appointment for a consultation, which normally takes place at your home.

What does the consultation cover?

Our behaviour consultation is available as a package, and covers:

  • 2 x consultations:
    • Initial consultation of  2 hours
    • Follow-up session of 1 hour
  • Provision of outline management techniques at consultation
  • Written report and behaviour/training plan
  • 30 minutes telephone/Skype support within 21 days of 2nd consultation
  • On-going email support up to 3 months after final consultation

Other information:

  • Travel costs are charged at 45p per mile from my base near Market Rasen
  • Weekend and evening consultations are by prior arrangement and incur an extra £10 per hour rate.