Animal Behaviour Consultations

Animal behaviour consultations address issues including anxieties, fears, phobias, frustration, aggression, separation-related issues, house soiling and repetitive behaviour. Problem behaviours are fully assessed, before a diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is devised. Treatment plans are kind, ethical and evidence-based. They are individually designed to be as manageable as possible for pet owners to implement. Ongoing support is generally provided by email, telephone or video-conferencing. To ensure problem behaviour is not linked to a medical condition, veterinary referral is essential.

To arrange a consultation:

  • Email the office to discuss or book a consultation. 
  • If you book a consultation, you will be asked to pay a deposit and complete a questionnaire. I can email or post the questionnaire to you or alternatively you can download it here
    dog questionnaire / cat questionnaire / rabbit questionnaire
  • You will then need to ask your vet to refer your pet to me and provide me with your pets medical history. Vet referral forms can be downloaded here. Alternatively, I can contact your vet directly once you have given them permission to discuss your pet with me.
  • Consultations last around 2 - 2.5 hours and take place in the owners home or online via video-conferencing. If an online consultation is booked, you will be asked to collect and share specific video-footage and sometimes a home layout diagram prior to the consultation. During the consultation I explain what is underpinning your pets behaviour and recommend a treatment plan for you to implement. I then prepare a detailed report within two weeks and email this to you and your referring vet. Email or telephone support is provided for 12 weeks subject to terms (see the last page of the pet questionnaire). 
  • Generally, one consultation with further email or telephone support is sufficient.  Further support can be arranged if necessary. 

Pet Insurance

Clients with a pet insurance policy which covers behaviour can generally make a claim for my fees, as I am an ASAB-accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). Please contact your pet insurance company directly to clarify this. Where I am asked by clients to complete insurance claim documentation, there is no additional charge for this.

Prices

Dogs: Consultation package (assessment, report, support & completion of insurance claim documentation where required) - £395

Cats: Consultation package (assessment, report, support & completion of insurance claim documentation where required) - £365

Rabbits: Consultation package (assessment, report, support & completion of insurance claim documentation where required) - £185

 

Follow-up appointments - £90 (where applicable i.e. outside of the 12 week support period but within c.9 months of the original assessment).

Applicable to in-person consultations or in-person follow-up visits only: Travel is charged at £1 per mile for the return journey from GU51 3LY. This is to cover travel costs and time. 

Services

By combining extensive experience and sound scientific knowledge, I provide the following services.

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Animal behaviour consultations

Animal behaviour consultations address issues including anxieties, fears, phobias, frustration, aggression, separation-related issues, house soiling and repetitive behaviour. I provide dog behaviour, cat behaviour and rabbit behaviour consultations.

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Behaviour referral service for Veterinary Surgeons

I offer a professional behavioural referral service for Veterinary Surgeons and their clients.

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Animal behaviour assessments & reports for child adoption or fostering agencies / Social Services / School Dog Assessments

If animal owners are applying to adopt or foster a child, or on referral from agencies or social services, I assess the behaviour and temperament of animals within the home.

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Animal behaviour or welfare expert witness services

I provide criminal or civil act expert witness services, to include a report-based unbiased expert opinion concerning the behaviour or welfare of domesticated dogs, cats or rabbits. I also attend court where necessary.

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Peer-reviewed published articles

I have written animal behaviour articles which have been peer-reviewed and published.

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Teaching and supervision

For those working towards clinical animal behaviourist accreditation, I provide regular teaching and supervision opportunities.

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