Behaviour modification is an essential part of improving pet behavioural problems. Effective treatment of behaviour conditions includes addressing several areas:
- neurochemical imbalance (assisted by medication if needed)
- reduction of triggers (by environmental management)
- learning new coping mechanisms (by behaviour modification)
Behaviour modification is about improving the animal’s underlying emotional state and changing the behavioural pattern of an animal (or human). It is not obedience training, but we do sometimes teach simple cues that can help an animal learn better alternatives instead of practicing an unwanted behaviour.
We only use positive reinforcement techniques during our coaching sessions which means we use treats, praise and pats – whatever the individual finds most reinforcing.
How does it work?
Our Cert IV Delta qualified Behavioural Coach consults the treating Veterinarian prior to working with the patient. During the session, we practice the techniques together and then a written plan is provided with detailed steps to follow at home. The behaviour modification plan is always tailored to the individual.
The number of sessions depend on your pet’s behavioural issues and your skills too but our Behavioural Coach will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills so you can work on the exercises at home. We recommend having a follow-up session in about two weeks from the initial lesson to fine tune your skills and address any concerns that you may have.
Where are coaching sessions held?
We can come to your home or you can come to our behaviour-only practice at 89 Beatrice Terrace in Ascot.
Behavioural coaching costs $120/1 hr lesson or $220 for 2 x 1 hr lessons (prepaid). Each lesson includes an hour of one-on-one coaching at our Ascot consulting rooms and a detailed written plan/homework. Travel fees apply to in-home lessons, so please get in touch for an estimate.
To book a session with our Behavioural Coach, please have a look at available times here:
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