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Denise Nuttall is a qualified, experienced and fully insured full time dog behaviourist and trainer. She covers Poole, Broadstone, Colehill, Canford Heath, Lilliput, Sandbanks, Creekmore, Oakdale, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Ferndown, Wimborne, Ringwood, Verwood, Blandford, Alderholt, Fordingbridge, West Moors, Three Legged Cross and more. Denise regularly features as a dog behaviour expert on BBC Radio Solent's Katie Martin show and also on Pets Vets and Guests on Talk Radio Europe. Denise holds a M.Res (Masters in Research Science with distinction - Dog Cognition and Forensic Psychology),  B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour and also an advanced diploma in companion animal behaviour and training, DipCABT (Coape). Denise is a member of Coape Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers and a provisional member of the TCBTS (The Canine Behaviour and Training Society). She is a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a member of the ABTC (Animal Behaviourists and Trainers Council). Denise was approached to deliver lectures to the professionals at Learning About Animals in Guildford in three subjects, "Interpreting Canine Body Language - Aggression", "Running the Behaviourally Aware Puppy Party" and "Inter Dog Aggression practical workshop. 

Denise deals with any behaviour problem, especially aggression and anxiety. Many behaviour problems can be caused by medical conditions which is why she must work on vet referral. Aggression and anxiety especially can be caused by pain, endocrine disorders such as thyroid problems and Cushings, Addisons etc. Therefore it is essential your dog is referred to Denise by a vet. Some of you will already have seen other  behaviourists who did not ask for this which is unethical. If they are worth their salt the vet should be happy to refer you to them after the vet had been advised of the problem. You may already have seen someone who told you it is all your fault because you are not being a good pack leader. You may have been miseld into thinking that the problem could be fixed in a single session! If this is possible then there never was a behaviour problem, just a training issue! However, in the real and honest world it is rarely possible to fix a serious behaviour problem in a single session and Denise believes in being honest. If only life was so simple! If you have been told this please don't give up on your dog, give up on your behaviourist (LOL) and contact Denise as she will more than likely be able to help you.

Denise will NOT say that she solves 99.9% of cases and neither should anyone make such promises, if you see such promises be very cautious as frankly this cannot be measured over time and therefore, this promise is not true. The vast majority of cases Denise works with improve to some degree, most of them show significant improvement and some problems are resolved.

You may find that your insurance company will cover the cost of a dog behaviourist's fees if they are qualified and a vet has referred you to them so it is worth checking with them. This may be included under complimentary therapies or behaviour counselling. Denise is covered by most insurance companies but not Petplan.

What is the difference between training and behaviour?
A behaviour problem requires more in depth understanding of canine behaviour than would normally be required for basic training. The following are considered behaviour problems:

Training would be expected to cover the following:

What to expect from a behaviour consultation
The consultation is done at the client's home as this is the best place to assess your dog. Seeing your dog in a relaxed state helps with the behavioural assessment as your dog can be observed in his/her relaxed state and then it can be observed how your dog's behaviour changes. 

Consultations in a vet surgery unfortunately usually place the dog under stress and affects their behaviour so that it may make it more difficult to make an accurate behavioural diagnosis. This is why Denise does home visits. it is also important that the client feels relaxed.

The behaviour consultation usually lasts for at least two hours during which Denise will want to try to see the behaviour problem although she won't provoke a response, only to see what behaviour may normally be experienced in a given situation. This may involve going out on a walk with you or to a dog training class, or arranging for someone to come around that your dog usually demonstrates the behaviour with/for. It might be that you will have videoed the behaviour. Denise will demonstrate her techniques and then make sure you know how to use them. Denise will explain fully what she believes is motivating the behaviour and set you a clear and understandable written plan of activities designed to help you through the problems you are having with your dog. You will then have four weeks support included in the cost of your consultation. This support is given via phone, Skype or email.

Cost of consultations s are £160.00. All fees are due on the day of the appointment and payment is accepted via Cheque or cash. 

It may be necessary to have further visits although very often the initial consultation is all that you will require to get you on a programme which will work over time. Follow up visits are charged at £40.00 per hour.

For dogs which show aggression to other dogs the best form of follow up is to attend our re-socialisation classes for aggressive dogs. These cost £20.00 per hour. Please see Aggressive Dog Classes

If you live more than 20 miles round trip away travel costs will be added at 0.45 p per mile on the excess distance.

Contrary to what some unqualified behaviourists may say, most behaviour problems can take a little while to resolve/improve and things can change as you follow the plan.  Many problems can be resolved, however, there are times when the behaviour has a genetic basis to it or it has become so ingrained that a full resolution of the problem may not be possible, but  you will benefit from a greater understanding of how to manage your dog in situations where you would be able to predict problems. However, you may be surprised at how much progress can be made with most behaviour problems.

Problem dog? No problem! Just give Denise a call on 01202 861340 or 07764 250554.

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