Most behavioural problems involve the following:
Separation Anxiety; Recall Issues; Pulling on the Lead; Jumping Up; Excessive Barking; Boisterous Dog; Toileting Issues; Mouthing or Play-Biting; Sight and Sound Phobias; Destructive Behaviour; Aggression towards People; Dog on Dog Aggression; Nervousness; Coprophagia
Aftab has over 20 years experience of modifying dog behaviours and trained with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour and the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour.
A consultation can cost between £250 and £500 depending on the clients precise requirements. In brief, this cost includes:
- Consultation normally lasting between 3 – 5 hours
- Follow up comprehensive report setting out the issues and the advice given
- Follow up sessions
- Twelve months of free telephone advice regarding the problems consulted on
Should the client require further consultations and assistance, depending on location, these are charged out at between £30 and £50 per hour.
During the consultation, the main behavioural problems presented are reviewed in detail and a re-training programme agreed for you to follow through with your dog. Sometimes, we may need time to reflect on and consider the problems presented. In that eventuality, Aftab will revisit your home at no extra cost to provide his full advice on a re-training programme. Depending on the precise circumstances, this advice may be given by telephone.
A comprehensive report is subsequently presented to you. This lays out the matters discussed and the re-training programme in full. Thereafter, you are welcome to contact Aftab by telephone to discuss any of the behaviour(s) on which you have received advice. No further fee is charged for this service.
Whatever your dog’s behavioural problem, observations and assessments are made in the privacy of your home. Practical training demonstrations are given on how best to modify your dog’s behavioural issue. In some extreme cases, clients elect to leave their dog in Aftab’s care so that he may carry out intensive work with the aim of speeding up the rehabilitation process. In this case, a different fee arrangement can be discussed.
Please note that for established clients only, we also offer a dog boarding and dog walking service. Clients find this helpful as Aftab is not only able to care for their dogs whilst they are on holiday, but also reinforce agreed strategies to speed up and ensure the behaviour modification remains on track.
General outcomes of the consultation
- Complete behaviour alteration
- Part behaviour alteration
- Managing the behaviour problem as opposed to removing it.
Aftab guarantees that in the event of the programmes prescribed failing to make the behavioural problem at the very least manageable, subject to the client having followed the advice as given, the fee is fully refundable.
6 golden rules to a successful rehabilitation
- Consistency – everyone should use the same commands and teach in the same way
- Insistency – Only issue commands when you’re dog is in a position to succeed. If not, you will teach your dog that he can get away with ignoring you. If you are not in a position to help your dog succeed, don’t issue the command
- Persistency – It takes a long time. So be patient. It’s not a race. It will come
- Timing – rewards should be within 2 seconds of the action
- Be a calm guide and supportive leader – Never show disapproval or annoyance and help your dog make the right decisions
- A balanced approach – meet your dog’s essential needs 1. Physical needs, 2. Emotional needs, and 3. Mental stimulation needs
There is a long list of equipment for sale but unfortunately, it is not always used correctly and some shouldn’t be used at all! During a behaviour modification consultation, you will be shown how to use any relevant and necessary equipment effectively.
- Flexible leads – not recommended
- Shock collars – not recommended
- Water pistols – not recommended
- Clickers – some people swear by them
- Long lines – useful in recall training
- Car harness – great for safety
- Face collars – not necessary
- Muzzle – sometimes required
- Food toys eg KONG – good mental stimulation
- Indoor crates and pens – great for toilet training
- Car ramps – useful for the young and old
- Toys – good for mental stimulation
- Whistle – useful for some dogs
- Lead, collar and identity tag – legal requirement
- Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs must wear a collar and identity tag in a public place. The tag must show the owner’s name and address. Dog wardens can enforce this law and fines of up to £5000 can be given by the Courts for an offence.
- A dog is considered ‘under control’ if it is on a lead held by someone able to control the dog. However, dogs must be kept on a lead in designated pedestrian zones and on land where livestock is present. Councils have bye-laws to show the areas where leashing is required, such as in public parks.