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THE HELP CENTER

Your Questions, Answered

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE RAYCHEL?

Raychel is a fully qualified animal behaviourist.  She has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour, a Masters degree in Anthrozoology. She is also a "Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) (for dogs) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (CAB)

WILL YOU "FIX" MY PET?

There are no magic ‘fixes’ for behavioural issues in dogs, or cats like in humans. Raychel’s role is to help you understand the reason(s) behind your dog’s or cat's behavioural issue, to offer you the correct management and behaviour modification techniques, and to provide follow up support to help you with your animals rehabilitation.

We know there is a lot of information and adverts out there that promises quick results, HOWEVER these are most likely using averse methods that could give you short term success and but worsen the problem in the long term.

BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATION VS TRAINING SESSIONS

When your animal is doing something something unwanted, unmanageable, frightening and/or dangerous, then a behaviour support package is more appropriate to address this. Raychel has devised 'Behaviour Packages' that involve an in-depth assessment of your dog in order to provide you with the best possible advice. Behaviour issues can be complex and need a more in-depth approach, including aggression, nervousness, reactivity, noise phobias, house soiling, over arousal, separation issues are all behaviours that would be need to seen in a full behavioural consultation. 

 

The training packages are less in depth and only suitable for training issues (things you want your dog to do) such as loose lead walking, recall, to focus on you etc would be one of the training packages, either in one, three or six sessions. 

WHAT SORT OF ISSUES ARE COVERED BY A BEHAVIOUR CONSULTATION?

Raychel covers a wide range of behaviours for both cats and dogs including (but not limited to) : ​

  • Dog - Dog Aggression 

  • Dog - Human Aggression 

  • Nervousness/ Anxiety 

  • Separation- Related Behaviours 

  • Cognitive Dysfunction 

  • Resource Guarding 

  • Situational Sensitivities 

  • Depression 

  • Muzzle Training (the positive way!!)

  • Cat - Cat Aggression 

  • Cat - Human Aggression 

  • Inappropriate Toileting

  • Noise Sensitivities 

WHY DO YOU NEED TO HEAR FROM MY VET?

Consultations with Raychel require a veterinary referral.  Your vet will first need to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be affecting your dog’s behaviour.  This process is in line with the Veterinary Surgeons Act and the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors code of conduct.  ANY qualified behaviourist that you contact should adhere to this practice.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAINING METHODS?

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