Behavioural Consultations for Dogs and Cats

Veterinary Referral and Insurance

Your vet may have already suggested that you contact Elaine for advice, in which case please ask them to send us a copy of your pet’s medical history, together with their permission for Elaine to offer advice and support. If you’re contacting us directly then we will send you a veterinary referral form for your vet to sign.

It’s important for Elaine to understand any medical issues which may be affecting your pet’s behaviour, as a qualified behaviourist she will take a holistic approach to the treatment of your pet.

If you have pet insurance then this may cover the consultation but please check your policy documents and contact me for any further information regarding insurance.

Consultation

After you’ve completed our comprehensive questionnaire, we’ll arrange an initial session in your home of around two to three hours. During this session you’ll first be able to talk through the problems you’re experiencing, and then Elaine will explain her suggestions for how to begin modifying your pet’s behaviour.  Elaine’s approach to behaviour consultation is very hands-on and in the second part of this session she will demonstrate methods and techniques with your pet, and coach you in how to implement these yourself in the weeks ahead.

During at least one follow-up session, Elaine will continue to work hands-on with your pet to implement these techniques for behaviour modification, all the while coaching you in how to keep the implementation up. This coaching and encouragement will be backed up by weekly email support for up to six months, where we will ask you to keep diaries and track progress, which Elaine will review and use to prompt and direct your work with your pet.

Altering a behaviour problem takes commitment. Please only organise an initial consultation if you are prepared to work closely with Elaine over the coming weeks and months.  Elaine will never, ever advise punitive methods of training.

Remote Consultations

Consultations can also be offered remotely, with the initial and follow-up sessions taking place via Zoom or similar. This means that we are able to provide consultations to clients throughout the UK and around the world, and that we can continue to provide consultations to all clients despite the current COVID-19 restrictions.

"Elaine has supported me to manage the demands of a highly reactive terrier from a pup through to adulthood, including most recently where his behaviour has highlighted issues around aggression."

Elaine has helped me to understand and manage Dexter’s behaviour more effectively and provided me with the skills to cope. This has improved my relationship with my dog and also helped me regain the quality of life I felt I lost when his behaviour became too difficult to cope with.

I have felt reassured and have faith that at each contact, Elaine has both mine and Dexter’s interests at heart. Although always constructive, the emotional attachment I have with my dog can make feedback difficult to hear, however, I continue to seek Elaine for support as I can evidence the progress we have made since first attending puppy class when he was 3 months young.

I would highly recommend Elaine and quite simply, because her input and management plans work (provided you dedicate yourself and fully commit to seeing them through)!

CAREGIVER DIRECTED AGGRESSION, FEAR OF TRAFFIC, REACTIVITY TO DOGS AND PEOPLE

Dexter

Puppy Package

Our Puppy Package will teach you, your family and your puppy all the essential skills to develop a calm, friendly dog you can take anywhere. We come to your home to work with you and your puppy to set you up for life – all in your own home and on familiar walks. Private training is ideal for a busy lifestyle with a one-to-one, personalised approach.

This package includes:

  • An initial two-hour session at your home
  • Two one-hour outdoor sessions
  • Bespoke email support for 6 months

Topics covered at home include settling in, introducing your pup to children and other pets, toilet training, puppy mouthing, and lead training.

Outdoor topics covered include traffic manners, lead walking, meeting other dogs and people, recall training and play.

Dog Training

We offer both dog training classes and private, one-to-one training.

Our regular dog training classes usually run in Glasgow, Paisley and Ayr, covering all levels from puppy to advanced.

If you choose private training then following an initial two-hour session at your home (or local park), you will then have two follow-up sessions two to four weeks later. Elaine will work with you to produce a robust training plan for you to implement at home. This private training solution is ideal for your busy lifestyle as we can arrange appointments at a time to suit you, and it includes six months of weekly email support.

Behavioural Consultations for Parrots

Our parrot sessions are always carried out remotely.  After you’ve completed our comprehensive questionnaire we’ll arrange an initial one-hour session, to be carried out via Zoom or similar. Following this session you will receive an emailed report detailing stage one of the suggested behaviour modification plan.

We then ask for weekly diaries to be sent over, by you, each Sunday. After reviewing these diaries, Elaine will advise you on next steps as part of the behaviour modification plan.

During the process, you may have up to two additional remote sessions with Elaine. Support will last for around six months; this may be extended by mutual consent.

Jessie

"After making initial contact with Elaine I received a very quick response. I found Elaine very friendly and reassuring and she clearly explained the process of her support to me."

She provided me with a clear and detailed report after our first consultation (and liaised directly with my vet to ensure they were in the loop on what she had suggested). Elaine then provided follow-on support by phone, text and Skype – she was always very responsive and never made me feel like she was “on the clock” when she was providing advice. The way that she cares passionately for parrots has really shone through throughout the process.

I would recommend Elaine to anyone who is having issues with their parrot – it has been so reassuring to have her to call upon for support. We have seen real progress with Jessie (although there is still a way to go!) and I honestly don’t think we would have achieved this without Elaine’s help – thank you Elaine for everything.

FEATHER DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR

Expert Witness Reports

I am frequently asked by owners or solicitors to give an unbiased opinion about the behaviours of dogs and I have been instructed to work on hundreds of cases involving the Dangerous Dog Act as amended by the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, for both the prosecution and defence. 

I also deliver training on the implementation of this Act to local councils throughout Scotland as an esteemed expert.

I act as a dog expert witness following instructions by pet owners, solicitors, Police Forces welfare organisations and the Scottish courts.

Clients benefit from my comprehensive working knowledge of legislation and the ability to interpret such acts appropriately. I work hand-in-hand with you to ensure that the dog in question is expertly and objectively assessed and that the subsequent report is diligently produced and completed to a helpful but professional standard.

As an accredited companion animal behaviourist with over 20 years of experience, I can also assist with civil matters ranging from Noise Abatement Orders to fostering and adoption assessments for Social Work Departments and other child agencies.

I have provided numerous dog assessments for social services, fostering and adoption organisations. I offer professional assessments of an existing dog within a household or prior to placing the child into a home.