Pet Behaviour Therapy
Pet Behaviour Therapy
What is a behaviour therapy?
Pet behaviour therapy helps to eliminate problematic behaviours which are undesirable and concerning for pet owners and often endanger both humans and animals. Aggression, anxiety, hyperactivity, excessive barking, destructiveness, inappropriate toileting, eating disorders, abnormal behaviour, self-mutilation, depression are just some of the behavioural abnormalities that often affect our pets.
It is important, however, to distinguish behavioural disorders from the lack of basic training, such as pulling on the leash, poor recall or jumping on furniture. Causes of behavioural disorders are often very complex; Incorrect puppy socialisation (unfortunately frequently overlooked by not only owners, but breeders too), traumatic experiences from the past, anxiety, illness. It is not uncommon that some of your pet’s natural behaviours may quickly become inconvenient, unbearable or even embarrassing for you and your family, especially when your dog “misbehaves” publicly.If your pet develops a behaviour problem you should seek professional advice from a behaviour expert. As a certified behaviourist I can help identify what is causing the unwanted behaviours and propose a personalised plan of action to address these issues. It is important to get your pet checked by a vet first to rule out any form of illness or injury that could be causing the behaviour problem.The next step would be to analyse the overall well-being of your pet, including their emotions and temper, background, pet-human relationship, living conditions, communication methods, characteristics of the breed, diet and nutrition.
What happens at the time of consultation?
• Interview with the pet owner- With help of the pet owner, I will conduct a full history of the pet whilst examining your concerns. This will include looking into your pet’s background, the relationship between you and your pet as well as other pets living in the house (if applicable), daily routine, diet and nutrition. Initial consultation normally lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours and takes place in your pet’s natural environment, ideally your home or a nearby park.
• Identify and define the problem – Once the necessary information has been collected, we will define the behaviour problem and discuss the motivations, emotions and reasons behind it.
• A written proposal for a behavioural programme will be provided shortly after the initial consultation
During the implementation of the therapy programme, further advice and after-care can be provided via telephone or email. Some behavioural problems can be dealt with effectively during one consultation, but this will ultimately depend on the nature and severity of the problem. Often at least one follow-up session is recommended to ensure the programme is working and for adjustments to be made if necessary. By occasionally letting your pet perform the unwanted behaviour you are perpetuating the disobedience and as a result the problematic behaviour will will be more difficult to correct. The sooner you get in touch with us the sooner we will be able to help you and your pet. I am happy to travel to a number of cities in Poland, therefore please do not hesitate to contact me (additional costs for travel arrangements may apply).
- Initial behavioural consultation for dogs – 150 zł.
- Initial behavioural consultation for cats – 120 zł.
- Follow-up consultation – 100 zł
Feel free to contact me