Think about your pet’s behavior problem–aka, the reason you’re reading this page. Now, think about how you’d feel and what you could do if your pet didn’t have that problem. Sounds too good to be true? Not so! We can work towards those dreams with our in-home consultations.
This is our most popular service and is great for go-getter clients who do well with autonomy. Behavior issues we can address include but are not limited to:
- Fear/ anxiety
- Aggression/ biting/ scratching
- Resource guarding (people, places, or objects–either from people or other animals)
- Intra- or interspecies conflict
- Integrating pets in a household
- Separation anxiety/ separation distress
- Boredom-based destruction
- Inappropriate elimination
- Inappropriate vocalization
- Self-destructive behaviors
- Functionless repetitive behaviors
- Nuisance behaviors
- Jumping on people
- Pulling on leash
- Counter surfing
- Learning cooperative care for vet visits, grooming, taking medication, etc.
- Not listening to basic manners cues
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What to expect: Booking a session
We offer online booking here. If you need additional help narrowing down your consultant, check out the consultant recommendations directly in the online booking services, visit our Meet Your Consultants page or email us at [email protected]. After you choose your package and pay, we will send you some paperwork to fill out online before we meet. It will come with instructions on how to fill it out and instructions for our session.
What to expect: The Initial Consultation
Initial consults usually last about 1.5 hours, and it is predominantly a lot of talking. We will discuss the information you provide in your paperwork. Your consultant may have follow-up questions based on that information. Then we will discuss the causes of the behavior issues, how we might address them, and why those strategies work. During that discussion, we will decide together on a plan of action, and we’ll start practicing some of those skills together so you feel confident in how to implement the plan before we leave. We email your training plan to you afterward so you know exactly how to work through the steps to help your pet.
Please put your pet away BEFORE we arrive. We will not enter your house until your pet is put away; we do not need to see them barking at us to help you.
What to expect: Follow-ups
Follow-up sessions are about 1 hour long. We typically meet weekly or every other week for the first month or two for follow-up sessions, or however long it takes for you to get into a good rhythm with your training, then as needed until your pet’s behavior issues are resolved to your satisfaction. The package you choose may dictate how frequently you meet with your consultant. During these follow-up sessions, we work more through the exercises outlined in your training plan and tweak them to fit your situation better. We don’t expect to see a human therapist once to fix everything nor should we assume one visit is all it takes for our pets!
What to expect: Help in between sessions
You will have access to your training plan for years to come and can refer back to your plan and resources contained within whenever you need help. Additionally, your consultant will be available to answer simple clarification and troubleshooting questions via email between sessions so you never feel like you’re alone in this process. Your consultant will encourage you to set up another session or attend an office hour through the Community Campus membership offered in your package if the question is more involved or if it’s been a while since your last session.