- AMO workshops
- Public seminars
- Dangerous Dog consultations
- Dog behaviour assessments
- Dog and cat behaviour consultations
How to refer a dog for a ‘dangerous dog consultation’
- Please fill out the Dangerous Dog 'referral form' and send back to us asap.
- Give the owner AVBS details and ask them to contact us for more information regarding a consultation.
- It is up to the referring council to ensure the dog owner follows up on the consultation process.
- We will advise you when the owner has booked a consultation.
- The referring council will be sent a copy of the behaviour report after the initial consultation, and a letter following the three visits.
- We recommend the referring council officer to attend one or more of the consultations.
Important notes before putting a Dangerous Dog Order on a dog:
- There is no ‘cure’ for aggression.
- These cases will not attend the three consultations and then be ‘cured’.
- The consultation is aimed at diagnosing the underlying motivation for the aggression, enabling the owner to understand their dogs behaviour. We then design a behaviour modification program to help improve the dog's behaviour. Environmental management is also important in preventing further aggressive incidents occurring.
- Compliance is the most important factor regarding ‘Dangerous dogs’. If the owner compliance is poor, then the safety for the dog and the community is also poor – these cases need to thought about very carefully when deciding what Order to choose.