Do you have a problem with your dog’s behaviour and not know what to do about it?
Are you unsure what the cause of the problem is and how best to treat it?
Have you had conflicting advice about the best course of action?
Are you worried about implementing some of the treatment options you have heard of?
This is where Good Pet Behaviour can help!Behavioural issues with pets are a huge cause of stress in a household and a major cause of disruption of the all-important owner-pet bond (which is usually one of the reasons we have acquired a pet in the first place).
A consultation with Good pet Behaviour will sort these issues out.
Consultations for dogs take two to two-and-a-half hours, during which time we will take an extensive history, observe your dog’s behaviour and body language, and discuss the situation with you. This will allow us to make a diagnosis of your dog’s condition, and thus to formulate the right treatment plan for you and your dog. We will spend time explaining the reasons for your dog’s behaviour to you, and also the plan for improving this behaviour. We will spend time hands-on, showing you what to do and how to implement the program.
And after the consultation, we provide free follow-up for three months by phone or e-mail, to give you further support during the treatment phase. During this time the plan may be changed, or medications added or altered, as needed. Occasionally a revisit consultation is required.
Common dog behaviour problems seen by Good Pet Behaviour include separation anxiety, noise phobias (for example to fireworks or thunder), aggression to other dogs, aggression to owners or to unfamiliar people, general fear and anxiety (for example in vet clinics), house soiling, barking, destructive behaviours, and compulsive disorders such as tail-chasing and chasing shadows.
If you are not sure whether you need to see a veterinary behaviourist, please call to discuss your pet’s problem with Gabrielle, Debbie, Katherine or Trepheena.
Belinda came to Good Pet Behaviour with Seb, her 18-month-old whippet. Seb used to follow Belinda around at home ceaselessly; he whined constantly when put outside, and he barked when his owner was away (reported to Belinda by a neighbour). Seb chewed at and destroyed the door frame when his owner was out, and also damaged the door. He dug under the fence when left outside – Belinda found him sitting on the front verandah when she came home one day. He also ate through a plywood door barrier which Belinda had installed to protect the door.
Belinda recognised that separation anxiety was the problem for Seb – he displayed anxiousness and began shaking when she started getting ready to go out. Belinda was very concerned about Seb’s distress and wanted him to be content and happy.
Consultation confirmed the diagnosis, and a program of treatment was instituted. Successful treatment of Seb’s separation anxiety was achieved, with intermittent use of medication.
Belinda reported: “I cannot thank you enough. We are now an even happier family than before. Couple and dog, that is… We live in a harmonious house these days.”
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