What's the difference between training and behavior services?
Trainers generally focus on teaching new skills to healthy, well-socialized dogs. While trainers can help with many common issues pet parents face — like jumping, excessive barking, and leash pulling — most are not equipped to address behavior problems like aggression and fearfulness.
Behavior services focus on these issues. We start with a thorough evaluation to assess the source of the issues you and your pup are facing. Then, we design a treatment program that works for you both. This will include medical follow-ups to discuss with your veterinarian, management strategies to minimize risks and setbacks, and behavior modification to help with your dog's recovery and growth.
Do I need to come to you, or do you do in-home sessions?
For most dogs I work with, going to an unfamiliar place with other dogs around might do more harm than good. So our initial session can be done in your own home or anywhere that's best for you and your dog. Follow-up sessions may be in the home, at a park, or wherever will be most productive to address your dog's challenges.
How much will it cost?
The full cost of treatment will depend on the type of intervention your dog needs. You should be prepared to invest in supporting your pup — both financially and with your time. Your cooperation and devotion to your dog's treatment is a key factor in their progress. The initial evaluation session and treatment plan can be expected to cost $350–$400.
What is my veterinarian's role in the behavior process?
I am more than happy to work with your veterinarian. I'll send them a case report after our first session. All decisions regarding medication will be entirely at your veterinarian's discretion. Should they request further input, I will be available to talk with them about your dog's needs and what medical interventions may warranted.
What are your views for medicating dogs for behavior concerns?
A wide range of behavior problems are the result of learned associations. These problems can then often be addressed with behavior treatment alone. We want to teach your dog that whatever they fear — be it separation from you, loud noises, strange people, or other dogs — is not something to be afraid of.
At times, however, a problematic behavior may be either severe enough or so entrenched that medications may help the process along. In these cases, we will work with your vet to find a medication and dosage that will support the behavioral treatment.
How soon can I expect to hear from you?
I want you to get back to enjoying life with your pup as soon as possible, so behavior cases deserve timely attention. It is always my goal to reach out to new clients within two business days of receiving the new client intake form.
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