happens during the consultation?
Before making an appointment please visit your vet so that any medical causes of
the behaviour problem can be ruled out. Ask your vet to complete my referral
form (which can be downloaded
contact me to make an appointment.
I'll need some background information about your pet and the
behavioural problem before I visit, and we will discuss this briefly
on the phone.
The behavioural consultation takes
place in your home, with as many members of your household as can
attend. This is so that I can obtain the fullest possible picture of
the problem and see the pet in its normal surroundings.
The first behavioural consultation
lasts around 21/2 hours.
I'll take a complete history of the pet and the problem, make a
diagnosis and talk you through the treatment plan, demonstrating
methods where necessary.
Following the consultation I'll
provide a written report to you (and send a copy to your vet),
summarising our discussions and confirming the step-by-step
Please don't expect a quick fix!
Behaviour problems are complex and it is essential to address the
underlying emotional issues, rather than merely treating the
symptoms, otherwise the pet is likely to exhibit more problems in
the future. While I will leave you with some starting points at the
end of the first consultation, and there may be improvements in some
areas fairly quickly, be prepared for the full treatment plan to
take weeks or even months to complete.
In most cases your fee will include a follow-up visit.
We will arrange this several weeks after the first session, at a
suitable point in your behaviour programme. In this session we will
review your pet's progress, and if appropriate I'll help you get
started on the next stages of your behaviour programme. Follow-up sessions last
approximately one hour. Additional sessions can be arranged at any
point if you feel they would be helpful, and are subject to an
hourly fee and travel expenses.
I encourage you to keep in regular
contact so that we can monitor your progress and make adaptations to
the plan as needed, in a timely manner. Outcomes are greatly
improved when clients provide regular updates. Your fee includes
ongoing support via telephone or email support for up to six months
after initial consultation.