Why have a Behaviour Consultation? A behaviour consultation gives you the tools to manage your pets behaviour and helps you to resolve issues that may be creating strain on the owner-pet relationship. A behaviourist works with you to create long term solutions this ensures any underlying issues are fully resolved.
1. Surely I can just buy a book or watch a TV programme and figure it out myself? Unfortunately anyone can write a book or create a programme about animal behaviour even if they have no education in animal behaviour. This is because the industry has no formal regulation. Experience of working with animals isn't enough to understand complex behaviour problems and often leads to poor behavioural advice.
2. If I take my dog to training classes that will solve the problem right? Wrong. Dog training classes do not address behaviour problems. Taking your dog to a dog training class could actually make a behaviour problem worse! For example a dog that is fearful of other dogs may become more fearful and potentially aggressive if forced to be in close contact with other dogs at a class.
3. Natural horsemanship techniques are effective and kind, so I can use this right? These techniques may work in the short term but can lead to future problems because they do not fully address the underlying cause of the problem behaviour.
Beware of 'behaviourists' who claim they have trained in particular methods or techniques. The use of such practitioners may put you and your pet at risk. BestBehaviour recommends using professionals with an undergraduate/postgraduate degree in animal behaviour or an accredited COAPE qualification from the kennel club.