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Behavioural Consultations and Home Visits
If you are struggling with your dog's behaviour Penny is able to arrange home visits. Information about the history of the dog is very important. If a vet has not referred the dog to Penny she may request a veterinary check up prior to the visit as a large proportion of severe behavioural cases have a root clinical cause. A home visit typically lasts 2-3 hours. Following Penny's observations a behavioural modification program will be drawn up and forwarded to you in writing and follow-up emails or telephone support are included in the one off fee. Further appointments can arranged to assess progress and provide further help as necessary. These can be arranged either at your home or at the training venue and will be at an additional cost.
Field Behavioural Consultations
Penny also runs behavioural consultations at her premises which are private and ideal for working with a dog which is fearful of people or other dogs. These sessions involve one of Penny's assistants who will be there to work Penny's dogs, the dog.help canine team. The dog.help canine team are used to working with reactive dogs, there are four members of the canine team, all with different characters which can really help a dog who is struggling to communicate or who has become aggressive through fear and misunderstanding.
Your Initial Consultation
The first session begins with a sit down chat so we can understand the dog a little better. The dog will then be taken into the field to be observed with you. When it is deemed appropriate one of the dog team will be slowly and calmly introduced to the dog, usually at some distance. The idea is to upset the dog as little as possible. The stooge dogs are highly skilled. Some dogs may need to wear a muzzle for these sessions and Penny will usually give advice as to how to associate the dog positively with wearing a muzzle prior to the session .The client will be given strategies to work on.
What Happens Next.
The final part of the session is to discuss the way forward and comprehensive notes will be forwarded onto you. A follow up 1 hour session will be arranged usually a fortnight or so following the initial consultation. The dog may also be able to join a group session as and when Penny feels it would be appropriate for the dog to do so. The assessment will be honest and every effort will be made to achieve the clients goals.