Certificate of Provisional CAB Membership of the APBC showing members details with image of different animals
How Long are 1-2-1 training sessions

The 1-2-1 training sessions last for 1 hour. For puppies, the sessions are 30 minutes as they have a limited attention span.

Where are the 1-2-1 training sessions held

These sessions are held in or around your home or nearby park. I there is no suitable area around you we will a mutually agreeable area to meet.

Do I need special equipment for 1-2-1 training.

No, You are responsible for ensuring your dog is chipped and has the correct tag on its collar. I may bring equipment with me if I believe it may be useful for you and to show you how to use them.

What kind of treats do I need during the training

I generally advise high value treats. These are not so called because they are expensive but because they are novel, different to your dog. Examples are, some cheese, sausage, beef, chicken etc.

 

If your dog is on a special diet or has an allergy you are responsible for ensuring you use the right treats.

What is behaviour first aid?

This is about early intervention. Why wait to let a behaviour get out of hand to then pay much more to correct the behaviour? If you spot an unwanted behaviour developing in your dog, deal with it sooner rather than later. These are one of sessions between 1 and 1½ hours, to provide you with the solutions to facilitate change.

What is a supervised consultation

Whilst I have a vast experience in many different areas. It is good practice to understand your own limitations. For this reason, I may ask a Certified behaviourist to join the consultation, after all, two heads are better than one.

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What is a clinical or behavioural case?

The short answer to this is, nobody knows. However, the way I view this is any case where there could be underlying medical issues. Additionally, where there is considered to be a risk to the dog itself, humans, property or other animals. This may be vague but if you make use of the free initial discussion or google meet video call and I can make that judgement call.

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When do I pay?

You can pay before or after the 1-2-1 training session. For behavioural cases, this needs to be paid in advance.

How can I pay?

Cash is an option and I use Sumup, following my first visit I can send you a payment link. Not only will it ensures it is secure. It will also ensures that I do not have any of your bank details which gives you further peace of mind.

If I have more then one dog do you charge for each dog separately?

The short answer is no. I do not charge for dogs separately if it relates to the same behavioural problem. If there are different problems then I will charge per dog. In terms of 1-2-1 sessions the techniques you apply to one dog, you can apply to the other dog(s). However, if you decide to take all your dogs to the training session then I will charge for each dog.

What approach do you use?

I work with a positive reinforcement approach. This means focusing on the good and wanted behaviour through praise, touch and treats. In some scenarios such as anxiety, phobias desensitisation is my preferred approach. 

What guarantees can you give?

None. There are no magical methods, there is no magic wands to aid dog training or behaviour change. It relies on the work you put into your dog, a big dose of patients, together with the best guidance I can provide. Sometimes it is trial and error, each dog is different and it’s own individual, if one approach does not work try something else.  

Do I always need a vet referral?

No, if it is a matter of dog training then a vet referral is not needed. Best is to contact me to establish whether it is simply a training matter alternatively discuss it with your vet.

When do I need a vet referral?

When there are behavioural issue with your dog. Lack of recall for instance is not a behavioural issue. fear or a phobia are behavioural issues which require a vet referral.

Why do I need to complete a questionnaire?

I need to understand, the home environment, the routine, the dog’s history, and who has involvement with your dog. All the information will aid the processes of assessment. Additionally, it will allow me to prepare and focus my questions during the visit.

I have problems with my cat and my dog can you help?

No, I deal specifically with dogs. If you need someone who does both cats and dogs, use the link to find a behaviourist who does both (Find a Behaviourist | FAB Clinicians) or (find a APBC member).

Do you deal with all behaviours?

Yes, it does not matter what behavioural or training issue you have. It is a good idea to book a free initial discussion so we can discuss your challenges. If I feel I do not have the expertise I can refer you to someone else or I can arrange a supervised consultation.

What is a Provisional CAB Member

Provisional Members have demonstrated that they have the appropriate level of Knowledge and Understanding for the professional role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB). They are now gaining the practical experience necessary to be assessed as a CAB and therefore become a Full Member of the APBC. The APBC supports its Provisional Members undertaking behaviour consultations