Behaviour Consultations

Behaviour Consultations

Some dogs and cats can develop problem behaviours which cause distress to both pet and owner. These will require additional time for training and will need a more in-depth consultation to establish what may be causing this unwanted behaviour. I work with you and your pet to help you to resolve any issues you may be having, so you can get back to enjoying your life together.  I will continually support you through the behaviour modification programme, in order to achieve long-term positive results.

Traditional behaviour consultations can last 3 to 4 hours, when everything is discussed in one session. However, this can be overwhelming for most people and it is difficult to remember the detail of what has been advised. Harmony Animal Behaviour operates differently in that this is broken down into 1 hour sessions so that everyone can gain the most out of each session.

Instead of a long written questionnaire, we discuss your pets behavioural and medical history, and current lifestyle during an initial 1 hour pre-consult fact-finding phone/zoom call. I will then arrange a 1 hour face-to-face consult in your home so that I can observe your pet in their normal environment, answer any queries and discuss options for your individualised programme which will guide you in the practical skills to modify your pet’s behaviour. A report will then be sent to you and a summary to your vet, outlining what has been discussed and the behaviour modification programme I have created from our notes. Follow-ups are essential with behaviour modification programmes and regular updates and discussion improve outcomes; therefore, a 1 hour follow-up session is included in the consultation package. Ongoing support and additional sessions will be available to see how things are progressing, to review the programme and make any changes as required.

There are many reasons for pets to develop problem behaviour and can occur suddenly or over a period of time. Health conditions can impact on behaviour and sometimes medications can help with the treatment of behavioural issues; therefore, in accordance with the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) code of practice, I only see pets for behaviour consultations with a referral from a vet.

If you are unsure whether a one to one training session or behaviour consultation is appropriate for your pet, please get in contact so we can discuss your needs further.

Cats

  • Aggression towards people and/or animals
  • House soiling, marking/spraying
  • Anxiety/nervousness
  • Repetitive behaviours – over-grooming
  • Eating non-food items
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Excessive night-time activity

Dogs

  • Aggression towards people and/or animals
  • Anxiety/nervousness
  • Noise sensitivities
  • House soiling/marking
  • Travel issues
  • Repetitive behaviours – excessive grooming, chasing tail/shadows
  • Separation related issues
  • Eating faeces or non-food items

First Steps

1. Contact me by phone or email so we can briefly discuss the most appropriate service
a. (Behavioural advice will not be given over the phone without first having seen your pet for a consultation)

2. Obtain a veterinary referral
a. Consent from your vet for behavioural treatment and relevant medical history
b. On receipt of the referral form I will contact you to arrange your pre-consult phone/zoom call

Appointments

3. Pre-consult phone/zoom call (1 hour)
a. Discuss behavioural and medical history and current lifestyle of your home and the pet

4. Behavioural consultation in your home (1 hour) – Ideally between 2 to 7 days after pre-consult phone/zoom call
a. We will discuss the problem and options for the behavioural modification plan, we will also begin the initial part of the behaviour modification plan, including any immediate management and safety advice

5. Written report sent to you and a summary report to your vet (within 5 working days)
a. Outlining the reasons behind the problem and highlighting the key steps of the behaviour modification programme
b. The behaviour modification programme is updated with new steps for you to work on as you progress following each follow-up session

Follow Up

1. Liaison with your vet if necessary
a. Your pet may need to be seen by the vet if I suspect there may be a medical issue contributing to the problem behaviour

2. Brief follow up phone call after 1 week to see how things are going

3. Follow-up session (1 hour)
a. To discuss progress and adjust behaviour modification programme
b. To be taken within 1 month of consultation (included in consultation package)

4. Free email/WhatsApp support for up to 10 weeks after the consultation
a. A follow up session may be required if deemed more appropriate

Additional Sessions

Further sessions are advised to help support your progress and develop the behaviour modification programme.
For the best chance of success, all members of the family will need to be committed and involved in practising the behaviour treatment plan. Follow-up support is provided to offer help and encouragement throughout the treatment process, with the option to have additional visits when required.

Prices

Cat Consultation Package: £150  £140
Dogs Consultation Package: £170  £160

          Additional Sessions
1 additional 1 hour session: £55  £50
2 additional 1 hour sessions: £100  £90
4 additional 1 hour sessions: £195  £175

Travel: 45p per mile

For more information, please get in contact so we can discuss your needs further

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
09:00 to 16:30

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
09:00 to 16:30