The Referral Process
Before behaviour consultations take place, I ask that your dog is checked by the vet they are registered with, in order to rule out pain or medical issues as contributing factors to the behaviour you are experiencing. In cases where your dog suddenly starts to show anxiety or aggression that you have never seen before, it is possible that an underlying medical condition is responsible for this sudden change. A health check before the consultation and consent from your vet, ensures we are working with a full picture of your dog and so that there is a point of contact should I need to ask for veterinary advice or if we are considering changing your dog's diet.
For referrals, please download the form you will find here and ask your vet to complete it during your dog's medical check up. If you would like to discuss this before visiting your vet, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If your veterinary practice has its own paperwork, or in relevant cases, wish to email a medical history to me, this can be sent to me at email@example.com.
Once a consultation has taken place, I will contact the veterinary practice by phone, and speak to your vet if I require advice, permission for dietary suggestions or to discuss any thoughts regarding health. After this, I will produce and send a short summary of our consultation, detailing the key aspects of the modification plan.
Information for Veterinary Practices
If as a practice you are looking to refer a dog on for training or behaviour modification, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07867651350. I offer training and behaviour support services, and am fully insured with both professional and public liability insurance (Pet Business Insurance, policy number 1013505). I hold a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour as well as an advanced diploma in canine behaviour management (A.DipCBM). I am registered as a training professional with the Pet Professional Guild, committed to science-based, force-free methods. I am also a member of the association of International Canine Behaviourists and a certified behaviourist with the International Companion Animal Network (ICAN membership number 234).
Once I receive this form, I will contact the client directly for a telephone consultation to hear more about the behavioural concern. I will then send them a questionnaire to complete with further details. We will then arrange for a consultation to take place, lasting 2-2.5 hours, during which I will be able to meet the dog, offer a diagnosis and techniques to address the problem. This will be followed by a written report, including a training and behaviour modification plan, a summary of which will be sent to the referring veterinarian.
A follow-up telephone or in-person consultation will take place 4-6 weeks later, depending on what the client feels appropriate. Summaries of further consultations will be sent and full reports are available if required.