Dog & Cat Behaviour Consultations
Between Tracey Henderson and Tracy Irons, AVBS offer a complete range of behavioural services for your pet, servicing all areas of Australia.
- We offer private consultations for dogs and cats, with behavioural problems ranging from ‘bad manners’ to complex anxiety issues.
- The main problems that we work with are anxiety related problems, not training problems.
Early intervention and treatment will help to improve the outcome for you and your pet.
Behaviour problems we commonly deal with
The main behaviour problems we deal with are anxiety related. These behaviours are often irrational, disruptive to the household and detrimental to the health and welfare of the pet. Some examples of anxiety related problems include:
- Separation anxiety.
- Noise and thunderstorm phobias.
- Compulsive behaviours - eg. tail chasing.
- Destructive behaviours.
- Urine spraying.
- House soiling.
What happens in a behaviour consultation
We are based in Adelaide so our behaviour consultations are held at our clinic, 184 Main Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171. Remote consults via phone or Skype are also available as we continue to service Australia.
It is recommended that all family members who are involved with the pet be present at the initial consultation.
Initial consultations are charged at a one-off fee, and revisits are charged at an hourly rate. For an initial behaviour consultation we allow 3 hours, depending on your pet’s problem. It takes this amount of time to individually assess your pet, determine it’s problem/s, ensure you understand your pet’s behaviour, and to implement a behaviour modification program specific to your pet’s problems. Prognosis is also discussed.
Some pets may benefit from anti-anxiety medication combined with a behaviour modification program to manage their behaviour problem. This will be assessed and discussed during the consultation.
Following the Behaviour consultation you will be given handouts that are appropriate to your pet’s specific problem, and a written report will be sent to you and your referring vet and/or trainer (these are included in the cost).
Following the initial consultation:
AVBS provides follow up support via phone calls/emails with our reception staff at no cost. This follow up support will continue whilst your pet is in our care. However, if the problem is complex or time consuming you will be advised that either a charged call or visit with either Tracey or Tracy (depending on the problem) may be required
A revisit consultation may be recommended 4-6 weeks later, depending on your pet’s problem This revisit may be necessary to review medications (if required) and the progress of the behaviour modification program. Some pets may even require further revisits – again this will depend on your pet’s problem.
PLEASE NOTE: If your pet is prescribed anti-anxiety medication, revisit consultations will be required whilst your pet is on the medication. However generally you will be able to pick up the medication from your regular vet.
All advice encompasses the most recent scientific (evidence based) behaviour modification techniques with particular emphasis on reward-based methods.
Pre-requisites before a behaviour consultation
- Download the questionnaire:
- Dog questionnaire...
- Cat questionnaire...
- Please fill out the questionnaire with as much detail as possible, with inputs from different family members.
- Video footage is helpful for problems such as barking or any problems which occur when your pet is alone.
Please take your pet to your regular vet for a physical health check, and ask your vet to send your pets medical history to AVBS prior to the behaviour consultation.
Blood tests are recommended prior to a consultation. If this has not been done, Tracey can speak to you further about it during the consultation. Blood tests are to be performed by your regular vet.
- Blood tests required are complete blood count, biochemistry, and T4 level.
- Blood tests are strongly recommended before starting anti-anxiety medication.
Required if your pet has an elimination problem. Tracey can discuss this further if recommended.
Physical examination and blood tests are recommended to identify if there are any underlying medical problems that may be influencing your pet’s behaviour.
The questionnaire, physical exam and blood test results need to be forwarded to Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services PRIOR to the behaviour consultation.