What I Offer You and Your Pets
I can help if you're having problems with the behaviour of your dog or cat. I am based in the New Forest, near Southampton. My consultations take about two hours and can take place at your home or on Zoom. For 'in person' consultations, I cover an area within one hour's travel from Lyndhurst but can work with you by Zoom from anywhere
After the consultation, I will produce a detailed written report explaining why your pet is behaving as they do, and a plan of how to modify the undesirable aspects of their behaviour. The modification of unwanted behaviour often requires a staged approach. In many cases it is beneficial for me to carry out follow-up consultations to continue to guide your through the process and the management and training techniques involved.
COLLABORATION WITH VETS
I work exclusively by referral from vets. Your pet needs to have had a recent medical examination before I see them and your vet will send me their past medical history. This is important because medical conditions can have a significant effect on behaviour. As a vet myself, I am well placed to discuss this with your own vet. I will also send your vet a copy of my behaviour report and liaise with them about any medical investigations and medications that may be beneficial for your pet. Please contact me for advice about obtaining a referral from your vet.
PUPPY GUIDANCE SESSIONS
The brains of puppies and adolescent dogs go through significant development as they learn about the world. As a result, their experiences when young can have a significant effect on their later behaviour. I offer guidance sessions for owners of puppies under 16 weeks of age to start them on the right track. These include 3 hours with you and your puppy (as two separate sessions) and written handouts to remind you of what we've discussed. I will cover issues such as jumping up, toilet training, chewing and 'stealing', alone time, and socialisation.