Behavior consultation is most helpful when both you, your family and your pet are prepared for the process. When people are rushed, tired or hungry, it’s hard to learn and focus on making positive change.
- Choose a day and time that the majority of family members are available to be a part of a consultation.
- Consultations are usually 1-2 hours in length. Plan and prepare accordingly with family schedules.
- Children are a welcome and often important part of our consultation. Please assess to what level you feel your children can contribute to our consultation. There are often many ways they can contribute to your pet’s behavioral outcome.
- Keep your pet’s usual routine. Make their meal before our consultation a little lighter since there are treats involved.
- Indicate if your pet has any food allergies or restrictions.
- Have treats that your pet likes available for use during our appointment. I will also bring treats, but this allows us an established option.
- Have your pet’s usual collar and leash available in case we need it during our consultation.
- If your pet is afraid of strangers or reacts badly to people at the door please indicate this ahead of time so we can meet on the best terms to allow your pet to trust me and be able to work well.
Our goal is not necessarily to reproduce the problem that you already know exists, but rather to help our consultation go smoothly so we can develop a plan for your pet to improve their behavior. I will not be trying to provoke their bad behavior. I want this to be a positive experience for both you and your pet where the maximum learning can take place.