A Behaviour Consult for Dogs
A Behaviour Consult for Dogs is an individual consultation for your dog with a veterinarian who has done further study (and/or holds qualifications) in dog behaviour and training. The consult will focus on any behavioural issues or concerns you are having with your pet, and a tailor-made plan will be created together using force-free training techniques.
Behavioural issues may be:
Common behavioural concerns in dogs include:
What are force-free training techniques?
Force-free training primarily uses positive reinforcement training techniques to teach the desired behaviours. Positive reinforcers for dogs and cats include food, play, and petting, with the value of each reinforcer varying between individuals. Negative punishment (eg removing attention) may also be used in select cases to reduce unwanted behaviours.
What does a behaviour consult look like?
You and your dog will be welcomed into the consulting room, which is more like a lounge room. Your dog will be free to express it's behaviour in a relaxing and uninterrupted environment. The room is sprayed with Adaptil, a calming pheremone for dogs, prior to your arrival and your dog is offered treats, chews, toys, toilet breaks, and water throughout. In addition to the behaviour consultation, you will receive a behaviour folder, written plan, and online access to current education and training material. Your behaviour veterinarian will ensure a holistic approach is taken and work with your regular veterinarian, trainer, groomer, kennel staff, or other personnel as required.