Do I Need A Behaviour Consultation?If your dog is fearful or anxious, aggressive or has other problems, then you need a behaviour consult with an educated professional, these are usually problems that require more than teaching ‘sit’ or ‘stay’.A dog behaviour consultation with Natural Dog Behaviour can help you understand the problem and why it is occurring, but most importantly how to fix it.
This isn’t dog training! Dog training deals with specific skill sets like sit or leash walking, a behavioural consult deals with the emotional and psychological state of your dog and conditioned responses. We will evaluate what is causing the problem and how it is triggered. This specific analysis will help you quickly understand the root of the issue. Once we have fully assessed the problem, we will then prescribe a plan of action to get you on the road to recovery. This page will help you make that decision.
Prior to Consultation
Prior to our visit, we will have a chat by phone so we can get an overview of the problem. Then we will direct you to an on-line history form, this will cover critical information about your pets health, fitness, training and behaviour problems. This information will save time make the consult a more streamlined process. This form must be submitted prior to our visit. You may even be asked to provide pictures or video of your dog at this time, but this will be at the discretion of the behaviourist.
** ALL CONSULTS ARE PRIVATE AND CONDUCTED IN YOUR HOME.
During consult we will be assessing your dog and it’s behaviour, We will also be assessing you and how you communicate. We will not be blaming or lecturing, simply measuring. We will also explain the problem behaviour in more detail so you have a thorough understanding of what it is, how it developed and how we change it.
The assessment information establishes a ‘baseline’ for the problem which will then allow us to formulate a treatment plan. We will then show you some exercises to get us started in reshaping your dogs behaviour
During the consult you will be shown specific exercises and given advice on how to start changing your dogs behaviour. It may be suggested that you book a follow-up session or enroll your dog into one of our full programs. Your behaviourist will discuss this with you in detail and provide the information required to make an informed decision.
During these visits we will take you through the therapy plan step by step. Working with you and your dog so there is a thorough understanding of what the techniques and therapies are, as well as understanding of how that therapy will help the overall problem.
In order to change a pet’s behavior, owners often have to first modify their own behavior. A lot of problems occurring in dogs is in response to triggers provided by the owner, directly or indirectly: this means being aware of how you are with your dog.
Depending upon the severity of the problem owners are encouraged to book 2-3 additional follow-up sessions to ensure consistency. It takes practice and teamwork to reshape behaviour, if you become lazy or ambivalent to the process no change will take place: that we do guarantee.
Initial Consultation: $225.00 (2 hours)
Follow-up Sessions: $120.00 (60 minutes)
Book a Consult
Please follow these steps for booking a behavioural consultation with Natural Dog.
1. Submit Booking Request: This is the essential first step in getting help for your dog. Please provide plenty of detail – “my dog is aggressive” isn’t enough information.
2. Follow-up Email and Phone call: We will provide you with an email or phone call within 24 hours of your initial request. During this we will discuss your problem in more detail and book your consultation date and time. We will also accept payment at this time.
3. Submit History Form: You will be emailed the history form prior to the consult. This form contains detailed questions about your dog, it must be submitted prior to the scheduled consult. This form allows the consult to proceed more smoothly and saves time. Please feel free to provide any pictures or video that you think would be helpful.
4. Pre-Consult Instructions: We will send you some specific instructions on how to prepare for the consult. These may include interim exercises that will help you deal with your problem before the behaviourist arrives.
** In emergency cases of aggression or biting, please call immediately
How do I know I need help?
If you are unsure and need advice on how to proceed, please call:
What if I need more help?
Who should be involved in the process?
What if I live out of the Edmonton or Calgary area’s?
How is a dog behaviourist different from a dog trainer?
Applied animal behaviourists have highly specialized training and/or advanced degrees in dog behaviour. This is required so clients can get the right information to fix the problem instead of relying on myths, conjecture, punishment or TV personalities.
What if I can’t afford to hire a behaviourist?
Do you give guarantees?