Behavioural
Consultations

Empowering you with the essentials to making your dog happy.

Do you dream of:

A relaxed and happy dog without anxiety?

You have a dog that you absolutely love, but it is not always easy. Do you find yourself wondering why your dog is scared of so many things, maybe even things that shouldn’t be scary at all? Is she easily stressed or over-stimulated? Or can you not leave him alone for more than five minutes, or even only one?

By the time you read this, you have probably tried everything. You’ve bought tons of books, watched heaps of YouTube videos, tried supplements, essential oils and relaxing massages. Maybe you’ve even visited a veterinarian, a dog trainer or behaviourist. But so far, nothing has worked. Your dog is still stressed and scared.

You may be confused by all the contradictory information you have read, and not know where to go for good advice. 

You feel angry and frustrated, maybe even anxious. Not only because of your dog’s behaviour, but also by the people around you that don’t understand what you’re going through. 

You may start to wonder:

But it doesn't need to be this way.

With lots of love and patience, we can identify your dog’s anxiety problems and create a tailor-made solution that will help your dog to become a happier, calmer, better-adjusted member of the family. 

How great would it feel if you finally solved your dog's:

Separation anxiety

Leave your dog comfortably home alone, while you do something fun for a couple of hours. Go to the gym, visit a friend or go shopping without feeling guilty!

Fears and phobias

Understand and work with your dog's triggers so that you can take your dog out to meet other dogs and people without feeling stressed. No more missing out on fun stuff!

Stress and general anxiety

Calm your dog down in any situation, so that your dog's fear stops ruling your life.

The best part is that you can do all of this without using aversive or punitive approaches, which may appear to work in the short term but are more likely to make the problem worse in the long run.

Therefore, I only use animal welfare friendly methods. Your dog is stressed enough already, so let’s not add more pressure by punishing or ‘correcting’ them. However, it is always a good idea to set limits and boundaries for your dog.

A red thread through my approach is the focus on creating a predictable and controllable environment for your dog, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. The wellbeing of your dog is my absolute top priority!

Services

Separation anxiety programme

This is for you if

You cannot leave your dog alone. Your dog may bark and whine constantly, chew up the furniture or soil the house when left alone.

Treatment

The first step is to get to the root of the problem. I will make an extensive assessment of your dog’s behaviour and emotional state. In order to find the best solution for your dog, we first need to identify the type of separation anxiety: exit frustration, redirected reactive, reactive inhibited or reactive under-stimulated. We may also assess the relationship between you and your dog, as well as your communication.

The second step is designing an individual behavioural modification plan for you, which uses a combination of different animal welfare-friendly techniques that are backed-up by science. You will receive a step-by-step plan to take home. Potentially, we can combine this with pre- or probiotics to help your dog to feel more relaxed.

Training and follow up

At home you will implement the behavioural modification plan and train your dog accordingly. This takes time, energy and dedication from you side, and it may not be easy. You will not be able to leave your dog alone while you train, so you need to be prepared to find a dog sitter or other solution in the meantime.

Fears and phobias programme

This is for you if:

You have a dog with a fear of something specific, such as loud sounds, a specific situation or environment.

Treatment

The first step is to identify the exact trigger, in what situations it occurs, how often and what happens afterwards. From there, I will design a tailor-made behavioural modification plan for you, which uses a combination of different animal welfare-friendly techniques that are backed-up by science. You will receive a step-by-step plan to take home. 

Training and follow up

At home you will implement the behavioural modification plan and train your dog accordingly. It depends on the type of trigger and the severity of your dog’s fear on how much time it takes to see improvement. 

Stress and general anxiety programme

This is for you if

your dog is easily stressed and over-stimulated, but you can’t quite put your finger on what is happening. Perhaps you’re not entirely sure what your dog’s trigger is. Or perhaps you do know, but these are everyday triggers (for example, other dogs, visiting a new place, having visitors over to your place) that normally wouldn’t stress a dog in that way that your dog is affected.  

Treatment

The first step is finding out what the underlying emotional state is (e.g., fear, anxiety, frustration, or something else). We will also do an extensive assessment of why your dog is feeling the way they are, and this includes going through your dog’s daily environment and routines. Often, but not always, stress and anxiety are caused by the environment not meeting (all) of your dog’s basic needs. The relationship between you and your dog, and the way you communicate may also play a role.

The second step is designing an individual behavioural modification plan for you, which uses a combination of different animal welfare-friendly techniques that are backed-up by science. You will receive a step-by-step plan to take home. Potentially, we can combine this with pre- or probiotics to help your dog to feel more relaxed.

Training and follow up

At home you will implement the behavioural modification plan and train your dog accordingly. This takes time, energy and dedication from you side, and it may not be easy. But it is the best path towards a more calm and relaxed dog.

Empowering you to make positive changes in your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

No, I spent a lot of time and energy in helping you find the best solution. Solving your dog’s behavioural problems depends on several factors, most of which I do not control. In the end, it is you that will need to do the work, not me. But I will support you in any way I can, and give you evidence-based solutions that have the greatest chance of success. 

Solving your dog’s problems depends on a combination of factors. First of all, I need to get enough information from you to find the best solution. Then you will go home and dedicate time and energy on implementing the plan that I have given you. You may also have to change your dog environment and routines. This will not be easy.

Because each dog is an individual there is no one size fits all approach. We may have to try different approaches before we find the one that works best. 

So, no. I cannot make any promises. In the end, it is you that will need to do the work, not me. 

But I will support you in any way I can, and give you evidence-based solutions that have the greatest chance of success. 

No, there are no quick fixes. Run from anyone who promises that they can solve stress, fear or anxiety with a few simple tricks, in only 10 min a day or by next week. 

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