Here at Mill Bay Vet we often see dogs with behavioural issues. There is a multitude of underlying reasons that can cause behavioural changes, many of which can be found and corrected through proper diagnosis and treatments. If an unwanted behaviour is found to be unrelated to a medical condition, we can refer you to a dog trainer/behaviourist.
How can behavioural counselling help my dog’s behaviour?
Animal behaviour counsellor/trainers can help owners by educating them on the use of positive reinforcement techniques to overcome inappropriate behaviours.
What happens at the initial dog counselling meeting?
A behaviour consultation will involve a one on one conversation with a trainer to discuss the problem behaviours you and your pet are dealing with to get a thorough picture. Your trainer will then provide you with a detailed plan using various strategies to overcome the difficulties.
Will my pet insurance policy cover the cost of dog behaviour counselling?
Each insurance company has their own set of policies and packages. It is best to contact the different insurance providers for information on coverage of behavioural counselling.
What can I expect after the consultation?
You should expect to have a better understanding of what is needed to be done to correct the inappropriate behaviour. Behaviour modification work is an ongoing process and with the appropriate knowledge and training techniques, you will eventually be able to manage problems on your own.