Behaviour Solutions

Behaviour Solutions Support Program

Each dog is born with a natural identity, in humans we would think of this as our natural personality, it is this identity that shapes how we and our dogs look at the world and learn.  Instinctually our dogs identity enables them to perform a certain role ensuring the success of the family group. 

By understanding your dog's natural identity we can determine the root cause of behavioural problems. First understanding “why” they adopted the behaviour, then determining developmental interruptions and reinforcing good effective communication between you and your dog builds strong lasting relationships, that support both dog and owner.

Any dog can exhibit behavioural issues due to early developmental interruptions, past experiences or trauma, struggling to support a dog with behavioural concerns can be distressing to you, your family or your friends. Behavioural issues can include:

Challenging Behaviour
- Do you feel your dog is making decisions for you or protecting you?

Aggressive behaviour
- Are you worried about aggression towards you, other people, or other dogs?

Destructive behaviour
- Does your dog like to destroy everything they can get their teeth into?

Anxious behaviour
- Does your dog seem stressed and struggle to calm down?

Excessive Behaviour
- Does your dog bark excessively, whine, pull on their lead or jump up on people?

The comprehensive Behaviour Solutions program involves Neri or Lisa coming to your home and carefully gathering and analysing all information relevant to your case.  

Based on this information we develop an individualised training program that implements appropriate strategies and workable solutions for you, your dog and your situation.

The behavioural program provides a holistic approach to training, considering your dog's natural identity, emotional and social developmental stage, age, past experiences or trauma all of which can influence the root cause of the behavioural concern. Understanding how these concepts influence your dog's behaviour enable us to guide owners in more effective communication strategies. Often as dog owners we misunderstand how our dogs are trying to communicate with us, Neri and Lisa help you understand what your dog is telling you and show you how to support your dog's behavioural needs.

Follow-up support includes a follow-up visit, handouts and training program applicable to your situation.

Behaviour Solutions initial consultation lasts for approximately 2 hours and the follow-up session is approximatley 1 hour.

Cost:

Senior Trainer: Neri   - In-home assessment, consultation & behaviour modification session, handouts and follow-up visit: $450 (inc GST) for the first dog. 

Additional Training session or social sessions are $88 (inc GST).

Trainer: Lisa - In-home assessment, consultation & behaviour modification session, Training Program Development: $275.00 (inc GST)

Additional Training Sessions tailored to initial consultation outcomes and training progress $71.50 (inc GST).

Multi-dog homes

It is important to recognise the influence of other dogs within your home, if you have a multi-dog home it will be necessary to consider and assess the relationships and influences of all the dogs within the home. While only one dog may be displaying behavioural issues, it is often the influence of other dogs that contribute to what we often consider as “naughty” behaviour in one of our dogs.

While it may not be necessary in all cases to provide a full assessment for each dog, should additional training and management be required for multiple dogs in the home an additional fee may be charged.

Multi dogs household will incur an additional  fee of $20-50 per dog

Additional Socialisation sessions:

Socialisation is complicated in the dog world, and those dogs who struggle with communication with other dogs often need additional support. What better way to help your dog communicate with other dogs than to enlist the help of a fellow dog.

Neri and Lisa will ensure that the appropriate match of dog is selected to best support your dog in a controlled and effective socialisation session.

This process is open to dogs who have completed the initial behavioural assessment and strategies are in place and have been practiced by both dogs and owners prior to an organised social interaction. We want this to be a positive experience for both dogs and owners.

Training Options:

  • Two instructors and one dog cost is $120 (inc. GST)
    • If more dogs are needed (due to travel) an extra $10 per dog is required.

We recognise that to unwind inappropriate communication strategies that may have been practiced by your dog can take time and may require additional socialisation sessions, enabling your dog to develop and test good communication.

  • If three or more socialising session are required the cost drops to $100.00(inc. GST) per session.

Reassessment sessions:

Have you done an initial behavioural consult but it has been two or more years since you have seen Neri or Lisa?  In two or more years significant changes may have occurred with your dog therefore a reassessment may be required. This 90min consult will re-establish the training needs of your dog and review training strategies, to ensure training methods are appropriate.

Cost: 

Senior Trainer: Neri - $220 (inc GST)

Trainer: Lisa - $165 (inc GST)

 “We can’t change what you did yesterday, but we can certainly influence what you do tomorrow."

— Shaun Ellis

Prices are based on travel time - if in home sessions are further than 20 kilometres a further $1.50 per kilometre will be charged. 24 hours notice is needed for cancellations otherwise a cancellation fee will be incurred.

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