What does a dog behaviourist do?

There are many reasons why pet owners in the north-west are looking for specialists to help with their dog training in Cheshire and Manchester.

Bringing up a dog can be a rewarding but exhausting process, and a little expert help can go a long way to improving the condition of your dog, and in many cases yourself!

Behaviourists look at problems such as anxiety or aggression, taking into account any associated medical conditions that may be having an effect. For this reason, vet referral is often needed before a pet behaviour counsellor, Manchester practitioners included, can be called upon.

Some owners are falsely led to believe that they are in the wrong for some reason and are at fault for the behaviour of their animal. In many cases this simply isn’t true, and the issues are things which can be worked on by the vet and a dog behaviourist who is Preston-based, by working as a team. It is very rare that problems are fixed within the time frame of a single session, as behavioural issues are deeper rooted than training complications, which can be fixed much quicker.

It is worth looking more closely at this difference between training and behavioural issues. For example, predatory chasing involving people, bikes or livestock, and incidents which have occurred including biting and snapping, all come under the behavioural issue bracket, whereas problems with basic disobedience, jumping up at people and toilet training are all counted as being dog training issues. Similarly, barking issues which are related to separation or anger is considered a behavioural issue which can be remedied with the help of a dog behaviourist.

Consultations are usually arranged at the home of a dog owner, so as not to place the dog under any undue stress that can be the result of unfamiliar surroundings. Once the behaviourist has observed the dog in a relaxed state, it helps them contrast the change in behaviour when it comes. It is not good practice for the behaviourist to try and provoke a response from the pet, but they may go on a walk with the dog to see if any behavioural issues occur.

Typically after this period of assessment, the behaviourist will come up with an action plan, recommending ways to deal with a said problem. The dog owner then implements the activities in the plan and reports back on their success. A support service during this time is very important, and the best behaviourist services provide their advice via phone or email as part of their customer care. After the end of the plan, a review is useful to determine the success of the strategy so far, and if any changes are needed to it.

You should be wary of dog behaviourists that claim they will solve every single case, as this is impossible to guarantee. Progress should be measured over a period of time, and although most cases can see a significant level of improvement, there is never a 100 per cent rate of success.

 

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