Photo of dogHow to Book a Behaviour Consultation

Phone consultation

During an initial free telephone consultation I like to discuss the behaviour problem with the client initially so that I can give you a reasonable idea of what to expect. This enables you to get to know me and for me to get to understand the nature of the problem you need help with. If I feel I can't help you at this stage I will let you know. If I make a decision not to make an appointment this would most likely be because, a) I feel it is too risky to try to help; for example, a dog that bites multiple times in a single bite incident, without warning, to a severe level of injury, and is living in circumstances which are likely to trigger these responses. b) It is unlikely that the problem can be realistically solved (this is most likely to involve severe inter female aggression). I will let you know at this stage whether or not I feel I can help. if I feel I can help I will ask you to ask your vet to complete a vet referral form and ask you to complete a pre consultation questionnaire before making an appointment to see you.

Vet Referral

I must work on veterinary referral so it is a requirement that I have this before I can make an appointment with you. This ensures that your dog is healthy and that the reason for the problem behaviour is not likely to be medically related. It will also enable me to review any relevant medical history which might be contributing to the behaviour problem.

Pre Consultation Questionnaire

I will ask you to complete a pre consultation questionnaire before I can make an appointment to see you. I have made appointments and clients have not returned these details. This has resulted in cancelled appointments. This, in turn, prevents others from being able to have a consultation. I cannot see a client without a history and a clear understanding of what the behaviour problem is. Without the vet referral and completed pre consultation questionnaire it will not be possible to make an appointment to see you.

The Consultation

Once I have received the vet referral form and the completed pre consultation questionnaire, I will contact you to make an appointment. The appointment is likely to last between 2-3 hours. As long as you update me weekly, you will continue to have support via telephone or email for four weeks after the consultation. 

For more information about behaviour consultation including prices, please see Dog Behaviourist Services

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