There are often many questions, we will try to answer some of the common questions. Please contact us if you have any further questions you would like answered.
We do NOT guarantee a ‘cure’ for your pet – most anxiety related behaviour problems require lifelong management.
Behaviour is influenced by many different factors- many of these are often not controllable. Responsibility of the pet remains with the owner/guardian/caretaker of the animal.
‘Quick fixes’ do not address the underlying cause of the problem and in fact may be detrimental to your pet’s welfare.
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Why is seeing AVBS different to a trainer?
Please see 'anxiety vs training problem' handout.
AVBS focuses on behavioural problems which are generally anxiety related. We provide a behaviour modification program, which is very different to obedience training. Some of the most highly trained dogs still may have an anxiety related behavioural problem that require a behavioural consultation.
We are not saying that obedience training is 'bad' - obedience training is very helpful to teach your dog 'good manners'.
How long before my pet will be better?
This is a tough question to answer as every case is different. It is also very dependant as to what improvement each owner see's as a 'tolerable' improvement - this is covered in detail at the initial consultation so that we are all on the same page, with realistic expectations.
Unfortunately there is no quick fix, and most behavioural problems that we see take some time for improvement - but there is no 'set time frame'. It depends on a lot of factors including your commitment as the owner. The longterm goal is generally management, rather than a cure.
How do I tell if my dog has an anxiety problem?
Whether your pet will need medication will again depend on the case.
If appropriate medication will be discussed during the initial consultation. There are no 'magic' medications that will cure any problems.
Medication alone is generally not helpful, as it needs to be combined with a specific behavioural modification program for best results.
The common anti-anxiety medications that are dispensed will not 'zonk' your pet, but instead they are aimed at lowering the anxiety levels. this will enable your pet to learn what you are applying with the behaviour modification program.