What do I need to be ready for our appointment?

1)Plan for your pet to have a lighter meal before our appointment since we will be using treats. 2) Have some of your pet’s favorite food or treats available.  I will bring treats too. 3) If your pet is nervous about strangers, please let me know and we will discuss the best way for me to meet your pet. 4) Have any medications your pet is taking available or write down the name and dosage ahead of time.

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What is your success rate?

All behavior problems are not the same.  Most of my cases tend to be veterinarian referrals of fairly serious refractory cases.  Even though that is true, more than 90% of my pets show improvement to the degree satisfactory to their owners.  With a comprehensive approach, we can achieve a positive outcome for owner and pet alike.

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Is my pet too old to benefit from behavior consultation?

No! Any pet of any age can always improve.  The longer the behavior has been occurring, the longer it typically takes to resolve since there is not only the underlying motivation to address but also the habit and rehearsal of the behavior.  That being said, as long as your pet is medically ok, behavior can change even in older pets.  With a few weeks or months, you can see some pretty dramatic differences!

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Follow-up Consultation

Initial appointments focus on behavioral diagnosis, educating you about the motivation of your pet’s behavior problem and laying of foundation exercises that will help your pet start on the road to success.  Follow-up appointments are able to build on that foundation to help address the issues that are most acute.    We are unable to demonstrate or practice skills at the initial appointment that become possible later with intervention and practice.  So follow-up appointments are like taking the next step, when your pet is ready.  For pets with multiple issues, these visits are especially important to give you the tools to understand how to proceed through treatment. This consultation needs 45-60… Read More

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