Clinical Behaviour Advice and
Does your dog have a behaviour problem?
We are here to help guide and assist you....
Clinical behaviourist Kay Warnes (CAB MSc) specialises in helping guardians like you work through their dog's behaviour. Kay does this by carefully implementing kind, science-based and effective management and training strategies based on positive reinforcement.
Behaviour problems can put an unnecessary strain on families, and even more so on the relationship with our dogs. Support and guidance is here for you.
*Health and behaviour are very closely linked. So, to provide the best care for your dog, we need to make sure that all aspects of your dog's health have been considered before we start behavioural work. We therefore require your vet to make a referral to us.
"As high as 70% of behaviour issues are caused by discomfort or medical issues"
(McPeake et al. 2019)
What to expect from your:
Free Discovery call, to make sure that we are the best choice for your dog's behavioural needs.
- If we are not, we will help refer you to someone we trust that specialises in that field.
- If we proceed, we will send you an assessment form and referral form for your vet to fill in.
2-3 hour behavioural consultation, which we will address:
- history taking & initial assessment
- initial diagnosis & behavioural treatment plan
Full behavioural report & vet communication, an in-depth treatment plan with guided steps for you to go through together with Wanderdog, while also working in close collaboration with your vet
Up to three complimentary follow-up sessions, to be used for follow-up behavioural support (online or in-person). These can be used if required/ requested and will involve continued assessment of your dog's progress, and assisted guidance on implementing your management and training plan.
Email support for 12 weeks to help you along the way, and to make sure that your dog's training stays on track, or is adjusted where necessary
Our Behaviour Package Explained:
DISCOVERY CALL: We recommend a free 15 minute 'discovery' call where we will ask you a few short questions about your dog's behaviour. The purpose of this call is to better understand the issues you are experiencing. We may either agree to take your case or recommend the most appropriate specialist.
BOOKING FORMS: After your discovery call, we will send you a 'behavioural assessment form' and a 'vet referral' form for your vet to complete. To proceed with any behavioural assistance, we require both of these documents and your dog's current medical history to be returned to us in advance of organising a date for your consultation.
BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTATION: Expect to last around 2-3 hours (depending on complexity of the case)
History taking & initial assessment
We will focus initially on gathering more information about your dog, your dog's history and behavioural issues based on information provided to us in your forms. This will help us to make the most appropriate behavioural diagnosis going forward and treatment plan.
Initial behavioural diagnosis & treatment plan
We will discuss an initial diagnosis and offer you a management and training plan to take forward.
BEHAVIOUR REPORT: After your behaviour consultation, you will receive a client report that will highlight the main points discussed in the consult within 48 hours. Within 2 weeks of your consult you will then receive a full and extensive behaviour report. This will also be sent to your referring vet, alongside a report, who we will work closely with to provide the best collaborative care for your dog.
3 MONTH SUPPORT WITH COMPLIMENTARY FOLLOW UP SESSIONS: After your consultation, we won't leave you high and dry! You have 12 weeks support via email where you can contact us with any progression, regression or questions. On top of this where appropriate and requested we offer 3 x 1 hour 'complimentary' follow-up sessions. These are there to be used for re-assessment of how the behaviour plan is going, and also to support you fully with the practical side of training. The support is provided so we can make adjustments to your training and behaviour plan as necessary. Behaviour work can be emotionally difficult sometimes for the dogs and humans alike, but we want to make sure that you won't feel alone in working to help your dog.
Cost of the Behaviour Package
*Complimentary follow up sessions are to be used when requested within the 12 weeks support time (from consult date). If unused or unwanted they are neither refundable, transferable and will be lost. It is the responsibility of the guardian to organise dates with Wanderdog for these sessions.
*All information provided during your consultation will be entirely confidential between client and clinician. However, with your permission, we may request to share information about a case with a mentor, fellow clinician, or vet behaviourist to make sure that our treatment plan provided is the very best it can be for your dog.
*Behaviour modification can take varying levels of time to see positive changes. Some issues can be resolved or improved in just a few weeks, but other more complicated cases may take many months of dedication. In some cases, behaviour may never be fully resolved, but through appropriate management and understanding, living with this behaviour can be made more safe and manageable. We are here to support and guide you, but there are no quick fixes! The welfare and happiness of your dog, your family and public safety will always be our top priorities.
*Behaviour modification can only work if you are dedicated to the behaviour plan. We will be here to support and cheer you and your dog on, celebrate all of your successes and be there for you if anything doesn't go quite to plan.
*Behaviour includes: resource guarding, reactivity to people or other dogs, aggression, self-harm and repetitive behaviours
*At current for separation related issues we refer these on to separation specialist, please get in touch to be given referral details. From April 2023 we will provide specialist help in this area as a CSAT.
*The difference between training and behaviour:
Training - includes teaching any new behaviours (recall/ loose lead walking)
Behaviour - includes any established behaviours that need to be modified, usually caused by certain emotions (e.g. fear, anxiety or frustration resulting in aggression, destructive behaviours or reactivity)