Behavioural clinics:

They are upon veterinary referral for hour and a half. During this consultation, Dawn will assess your dog’s behaviour and together you will look at ways this can be improved and managed. This involves full background history and clinical records from your vet. Dawn will discuss your dog’s time line to identify what lead to this behaviour and how it can be corrected. The consultation includes a written report with personalised training plan and email support. Your follow up will be at your home which is discussed at time of the first consultation.

This clinic covers those following behaviour issues:

· Nosie phobia.
· Separation Anxiety.
· Aggression/reactivity.
· Nervous or hostile behaviour. – Towards other dogs and humans.
· Acute changes in behaviour.
· Inter dog relationships problems.
· Resource Guarding – beds, food, people.
· Territorial guarding.
· Prey drive

General Training and Advice:

This involves a full hour consultation and includes the theory of dog’s behaviour, what has been done so far and the plan forward. You will be given homework to follow and a small training session. Recommendation may include a house visit with Dawn. The training required will define the length and number of the appointment.

Training advice can include:

· General Manners.
· Leadwalking.
· Recall
· Excessive behaviours – barking, mouthing,
· Teenage Tantrums – struggling to manage the teenage.

Be Brave Clinics:

These clinics are designed to help you and your dog have a more relaxed time in the veterinary environment. The practice can be a place of strange smells, humans in uniforms and stress – no wonder they don’t want to really leave your car. Fear can also be one of the main reasons why dogs become aggressive (fight or flight) and vets/nurses get bitten.
Your initial session with Dawn will be one hour and you will look at what areas we need to work on so you dog can be more relax in the practice. You will be able to start homework with positive training techniques you would have discussed with Dawn. Once your dog is ready, these exercises can be practice in follow up appointment at the Practice. Eventually, a vet/nurse is invited to take part of the session. The aim is to help your dog be as stress free as possible while receiving a medical attention. Don’t wait until your dog is genuinely unwell or an emergency occurs. We encourage you to pop in with your dog, say hello, weigh your pet on the scale, and leave. It is good practice to do this at least once a month and get to know us all.

Some areas this can help:

• Being still for veterinary examination and procedures – blood sampling, skin examination, and annual health check.
• Grooming – Nail clipping, feet being touched, ears checked, being on an table.
• General wellbeing by not being in distress as soon they walk through the door
• Teenage training – don’t wait until it is neutering time or first annual health check to come back into the practice. We can help to minimize the possibly scary experience of being in the vets with appropriate training.

How Do I Make An Appointment?

Appointments for a Behavioural Consult can be made via your Vets recommendation and via our reception.

General Training and Advice consults can be made at any time via our reception.

Even if your dog is not a patient of Wharfedale Vets we can still register you for behavioural work only. Dawn would require a full history and veterinary consent before we can start any behavioural work.

For all enquires and appointments please call Reception at Wharfedale Vets 01937 543860.