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Behavioural Help for Dogs

Has living with your dog become a chore rather than a pleasure?  Is your dog behaving in a way that makes you unhappy or even frightened?  Are you so busy that you never seem to find time to do anything about it?

Canine behaviour problems are more common than you might imagine.  Problem behaviour can take even the most diligent pet owners by surprise and is often the result of an unfortunate series of events, or a simple misunderstanding of dog behaviour and motivation.

I can help.

I provide a non-judgemental approach and up to date, bespoke behaviour treatment programmes, designed to achieve positive behaviour change.  Using proven, welfare friendly strategies, I will support you every step of the way, so that you feel empowered and begin to enjoy life with your dog again.

Help is here for:

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Fears and phobias
  • Anxiety
  • Indoor soiling
  • Car travel problems
 
  • Separation related problems
  • Abnormal repetitive behaviours
  • Pica (eating non-food items)
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Excessive barking

Why Choose Me?

  • I am a fully qualified and accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist (see the About Me page for more details)
  • I am recommended by vet practices across Hertfordshire and North London
  • Most clients can claim for my fees on their pet insurance (please check with your insurer before booking)
  • I work with a limited number of clients at any one time, ensuring focussed and bespoke support
  • My behaviour treatment packages are designed to give the best chance of success via intensive, targeted and supported coaching

 

How Does It Work?

Step 1 – Information Gathering

When you get in touch, we will ask you to provide a history of the problems you are having and information about your dog’s history and current lifestyle.  We will also provide a referral form for your vet to complete.  Once we have the information, we will book a time for your initial consultation and will ask for a deposit to hold the date.  One important step nearer to getting help.

Step 2 – Initial Consultation

I will visit you at your home, assess your dog’s behaviour and explain why the specific behaviours of concern have developed.  We will decide upon our aims and goals for treatment and agree upon a behaviour treatment package most likely to achieve the best outcome.  The type and length of package will be dictated by the behaviour problem itself – I will recommend the package most likely to be successful (more details below).

I will provide you with any essential management strategies to implement straight away.  The fees for your chosen package will be payable at the consult by cash, cheque or BACS.  You and the referring vet will receive a written behaviour assessment for your dog within the next 3 days.

Step 3 – Behaviour Treatment

We will work together for the duration of your package using;

  • Face to face, practical skills coaching sessions
  • Intensive remote support via your own online training diary, ensuring that you and your dog are making progress in the right direction, and that you feel confident and supported
  • Supporting materials in the form of videos or written handouts as needed, in a private online resource area
  • Liaison with the referring vet as needed for dogs requiring medication or with pre-existing medical conditions
     

Step 4 – Behaviour Change

When problem behaviour begins to change, it is a huge relief!  My aim is to work with you to improve your dog’s behaviour as efficiently as possible, using intensive, supported coaching, but considering your dog’s welfare every step of the way.  There are no magic wands and no quick fixes - reward based, ethologically appropriate behaviour treatment is proven to give long term positive change, without hurting or frightening your dog.

What Does it Cost?

Fees for one off private consulting and training sessions are £80 per hour.  We recognise that a package of behavioural treatment is a significant financial commitment however, and this is reflected in a reduced rate for pre-paid behaviour packages.

Standard Remote Support Behaviour Package – 4 weeks - £300

Suitable for some issues requiring predominantly environmental changes and minimal training.  For example, some recent onset separation related behaviour problems, house soiling or unwanted barking cases (extended remote support or a coached package will be needed for more severe problems).  The Remote Support package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • One 30-minute telephone follow-up
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 4 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Standard Coached Behaviour Package – 4 weeks - £335

Suitable for some mild or recent onset behavioural issues requiring management and training.  For example, situation specific onlead aggressive behaviour or attention seeking behaviours (subject to my assessment of your dog at the consult).  The Standard Coached package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • One 45-minute practical skills coaching session
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 4 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Premium Coached Behaviour Package – 8 weeks - £495

This package provides extra practical coaching sessions for more established issues.  For example, problems with car travel, unwanted barking, chasing or destructive behaviour (subject to my assessment of your dog at the consult).  The Premium Coached package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • Three 45-minute practical skills coaching sessions
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 6 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Super Coached Behaviour Package – 12 weeks - £670

This package provides two months of intensive support for long standing or severe behaviour issues.  For example, aggressive responses, fears and phobias or abnormally repetitive behaviours.  This package may also suit cases involving multi-dog households, multiple concurrent behavioural issues or dogs requiring veterinary prescribed pharmaceutical support (subject to my assessment of your dog at the consult).  The Super Coached package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • Five 45-minute practical skills coaching sessions
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 8 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Bespoke Behaviour Packages - POA

The pre-set packages are based on our experience of working with a wide range of clients and behavioural issues.  However, every dog is unique and if none of the packages are quite right, we will create a bespoke package which is a better fit.  For example, you may not feel confident with the training and want more help with this, or you may want the reassurance of remote support for a few more months.


Testimonials

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Kaye Scott, Training and Behaviour Advisor, Bedlington Terrier Rescue

"Helen worked with us to help one of our Bedlington Terrier rescue dogs who had an issue with dog to dog reactivity. Her approach was very professional, and the new owner spoke very highly of her methods and guidance. The lad is now able to enjoy life and the owners have learnt so much from her.

Bedlington Terrier Rescue only work with positive reward science based behaviourists to offer behavioural back up and support where needed in the new homes - we would certainly be more than happy to recommend Helen and to appoint her again. Thank you, Helen, for your support, valuable help and sound methodology."

Sue and Rosie
"Helen has been helping me with my two Golden Retrievers, Rosie and Lizzie, both 3 years old.  I was experiencing problems with Rosie who had shown signs of stress and coprophagia since she came home from the breeder.  I have found Helen's calm and sensitive approach has put me at ease and her Behaviour Modification Programme is easy to follow. It has been so helpful that Helen visited us at home spending time looking at our daily routine with Rosie and Lizzie and then formulating a plan to suit us. She has helped me to understand our girls’ behaviour, I am feeling more confident with my dog training and most importantly the girls are very happy!"
 

Misty

Lisa and Misty
"I was referred to Helen by my vet to address an issue I had with my dog, Misty. She is a lovely, good-natured dog but would bark and lunge at other dogs when she saw them. This made taking her out very difficult.

Helen came for a consultation at our home which was very thorough, she listened patiently, asked lots of questions and then explained why Misty was behaving the way she did which really helped us understand the problem better and she went through the steps we would need to take to resolve the issue in a straightforward, easy to understand way. 

We received the very comprehensive written assessment and behaviour modification plan a few days later. It has been invaluable to have Helen's input. We are following the steps she suggested and are pleased to report that things are very much improved though not entirely resolved yet but we understand that this is a continual, ongoing process. 

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Helen, she is very approachable and can be contacted at any time after the initial assessment to review things and offer further input. As a family we have a much better understanding of Misty's behaviour and feel much happier knowing that we are doing something to address the problem behaviour in a way that is based on positive reinforcement rather than punitive in any way."