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Behaviour Services

The behaviour consultation package

Behaviour consultations support owners of dogs with behaviour concerns. Click here for information about what a behaviour concern is.

What's included?     

 

Behaviour consultations last up to 2.5 hours at your home or remotely (e.g. over 'zoom'). During the consultation, I ask lots of questions about your dog's behaviour and background, followed by a discussion about what I think is causing the behaviour problem/s, and how I think you need to manage them. If we have time, we may practise relevant training with your dog.

This is accompanied by a detailed written report emailed and posted to you around 1-2 weeks later detailing your dog's tailored behaviour modification plan, along with any other relevant handouts or training protocols. Remote support in the form of emails, messages or short phone calls are available up to 3 months after the behaviour consultation. A copy of this report will be sent to your referring vet, along with any other communications with your vet about any medical aspects that may be involved.

 

An inclusive 1-hour follow-up appointment is included in the package, and will be held either at your home, out in a park, field, or remotely. This is a great chance to practise training and for me to help you with your progress with the behaviour modification plan. This session will be followed by a written summary sent to you over email detailing what we discussed, and the next steps of the plan. After the inclusive follow-up appointment, further follow-up appointments can then be arranged for an additional fee.

 

I offer a non-judgemental and friendly approach. It's most important to me that my clients feel heard, supported and involved throughout the process.

Behaviour consultations cost £190. This payment is required in full in order for your booking to be secured. Additional follow-up appointments cost £40 per hour. If you have pet insurance, you may be able to claim my fees, depending on your insurance policy.

 

I will also require a referral from your dog's vet before providing you with any advice or making a behaviour assessment. A referral is also required for any other animals in your home that have contact with or who interact with the dog/s whose behaviour concerns you would like support with. Once you've booked a behaviour consultation with me, you will be sent a questionnaire for you to fill in regarding your dog's behaviour. This will need to be submitted at least 48 hours before the consultation.

 

My in-person services cover a distance of 40 miles from Cresswell, Stoke-on-Trent (ST11 9RA). If you live further than 40 miles from this address, there will be an additional charge of £1 per mile. Please note that I am currently only available to provide any of my services at weekends or weekday evenings.

 

Please ensure you have read and understand my terms and conditions before booking, paying particular attention to my cancellation and re-arrangement policy.

 

If you would like more information about my services before booking, then get in touch here. Otherwise, if you'd like to book a consultation with me, please fill in the form here.

The 'mini' consultation

The 'mini' consultation provides support for minor behaviour concerns, or to provide immediate advice and support if you cannot wait for a behaviour consultation.

What's included? 

 

These sessions last 1-hour and are held over video call (e.g. 'Google Meet'). During the session, I will ask you questions about your dog's behaviour concerns, and I will provide you with advice on how to manage these concerns. This will be followed by a written summary of the plan sent to you by email and post. A copy of this will also be sent to you referring vet.

These sessions are useful if you need immediate advice and cannot wait for a behaviour consultation, for example, if your dog is showing aggressive behaviour towards people or other animals in the household. Alternatively, this session can be useful if your dog has a single behaviour issue that doesn't need an in-depth tailored plan. For example, this session can be used to discuss how to manage your dog during firework season in future, how to encourage your dog to feel relaxed with car journeys, or how to teach your dog to cope with nail clipping. The mini consultation will not be suitable for you if your dog has multiple or severe behaviour issues that need a tailored, in-depth plan creating for you. If you're not sure what type of service is right for you, get in touch here.

The 'mini' consultation costs £50, and can then be upgraded to the full behaviour consultation package if you need further support with your dog's behaviour. If you have pet insurance, you may be able to claim this fee, depending on your insurance policy. I will need your vet to refer your dog/s to me before I can make any behaviour assessment or provide you with any advice. Once you've booked a mini behaviour consultation with me, you will be sent a questionnaire for you to fill in regarding your dog's behaviour. This will need to be submitted at least 48 hours before the consultation. 

Please ensure you have read and understand my terms and conditions before booking, paying particular attention to my cancellation and re-arrangement policy. Please note that I am currently only available to provide any of my services at weekends or weekday evenings.

 

If you would like more information about my services before booking, then get in touch here. Otherwise, if you'd like to book a mini behaviour consultation with me, please fill in the form here.

 

What my services will and won't offer you:

A comprehensive and tailored behaviour modification plan for you to follow, that is specific to your situation and your dog's behaviour concerns.

Training plans, guidance, ongoing support,and possibly some training instruction to support you with achieving these aims.

Advice based on up-to-date research and understanding, including the use of reward-based training methods

A quick fix or a promise to 'cure' your dog's behaviour concerns (unfortunately, I don't have a magic wand!)

Advice relating to using harsh punishment methods on your dog, such as shock collars, hitting, showing your dog who's boss, or telling your dog off.

Megan Richardson with a client and dog

Training your dog for you. 

Did you know?

Some pet insurance policies will cover the cost of hiring a behaviourist. Contact your insurance company to check whether you're covered.

What is a behaviour problem?

What is abehaviour problem?

Reactivity

E.g. barking whenever a dog hears or sees specific 'triggers' such as other dogs, animals, noises, people or vehicles.

Separation related behaviour

E.g. barking, howling, whining, destructive behaviour, pacing or toileting when left alone or without a specific person.

Fear or anxiety related behaviour

E.g. fear of certain noises, places or of being handled.

Problems between household dogs

E.g. aggressive behaviour or fighting between household dogs.

Repetitive behaviour

E.g. repeatedly barking, tail chasing, shadow chasing, licking.

Aggression

E.g. growling, lunging, barking in certain situations or with certain animals, people, dogs, places or items.

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Testimonials

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"Meg bought with her a variety of activities and treats until we hit upon one that caught Eric’s interest. Clearly we were not doing things right at all, but Meg never said or made us feel at fault and was kind and encouraging throughout."

Hillary and Eric

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