Dogs sadly sometimes have a little bit of difficulty simply coping with our human world. They need some help to learn how to interact with the world around them and many times they need help to cope with issues that cause them troubles on a day to day basis. Some common problems we help with are:
But, what is dog behaviour therapy? Modern applied dog behaviour therapy is about getting to the root of your dog's problems, holistically. There's no point in just looking at 1 particular aspect of your dog's barking problem. It's necessary to look at the big picture and consider everything your dog is having difficulty with. Your behaviourist develops a step by step plan that essentially helps your dog feel better in all the situations that are causing problems. Behaviour therapy goes beyond just training, to deal with the reasons that your dog has difficulty with learning. Read more about how Anna's dog behaviour help works here.
To book an appointment, or just to have a chat, please call us. If we're going ahead, then, we set up an appointment. Anna will explain about vet referral and will send this and a questionnaire to you. This is about your dog's life and problems (again, don't worry it's not hard to fill in and it's short). Then
It's about educating you and about helping you to really understand your dog's behaviour problems, so that you're able to work on your own.
Of course, on going support is provided as part of the package. Please read more about dog behaviourist consultations here.
These small interactive workshops
No dogs here - just people! - we need to be able to concentrate without distractions.....
The workshops run in on an adhoc basis in various locations. Please click here for more information on upcoming workshops, and Reactive Dog News
Don't you just wish you could talk to someone to help to resolve your confusions about all the different behaviour tips and advice that you've been trying?
Well, a quick chat phone call can provide some clear tips and help point you in the right direction. Or we can set up a more detailed phone programme to discuss your dogs issues in more detail and help you to really understand what's causing him problems and how to go about fixing them.
This service was started to help people living in the rural highlands, but can also serve as an excellent starting point for anyone.
Having a behaviour chat can resolve your confusions on the different dog behaviour methods, and ensure you don't make mistakes.
Again, this is educational, helping you to fully understand the problems your dog is facing and helping you to build your own behaviour programme.
There are 2 options - You can call now for some quick behaviour advice and tips or you can book an indepth phone session for a detailed behaviour help - it's not as good as meeting of course, but the phone consult can either help to get you started or allow you to seriously determine how much behaviour help you want.
Find out whether phone help is right for you > Behaviour Help by PhoneJoin the Facebook Reactive Dog Group here
This free friendly help group will help you to realise that you're not alone in the world with your reactive dog. You can ask questions and share your worries and know that you'll have a friendly ear. Here is where the various Reactive Dog Workshops are discussed and planned as well as where we cover specific questions and issues about reactive dogs.
This is an excellent question. The industry is not regulated and essentially anyone can call themselves a behaviourist. Furthermore, there are many 3 day online courses now which offer "diplomas". And even more confusing are the books and TV programs and online advice that's throwing itself at us and confusing us even more.
Our qualified dog behaviourist is Anna Patfield. Anna has been fixing dogs' behaviour problems since 2003 and has worked with all sorts of problems from biting to fireworks fear and separation problems. She'll be happy to answer and resolve any confusions that you have with all the conflicting advice that surrounds us nowadays. What are the good new books? Which training books should be avoided? How do I know if a behaviourist is qualified?
Anna uses only the most modern approaches to help your dog. The critical difference with Anna's approach is that it is truly holistic. It's most likely, in fact that the reason that whatever you've been doing so far hasn't worked well enough is because there are factors about the dogs life that have been overlooked. Day to day life can have a significant impact on your behaviour - as it can with your dogs. The Pawsability Holistic approach ensures that everything relevant is brought into the programme for the best possible solutions.
The Pawsability Dog Behaviour Centre is in Argday (Bonar Bridge) (IV24), which is near Tain and Lairg, and 35 miles from Inverness. Home visits are available in
Anna says : Your dog is special to you and to me. There are no standard behaviour programmes - it's about your unique family and your very special dog. My aim is to help you and your pet be happy with life. Our approach is geared towards your education. By helping you to understand the roots of your dog's behaviour issues and how dogs learn and perceive the world, you'll be better able to help your dog.