Behavior advice lesson
What questions can you ask for a behavior advice lesson?
You can contact all your questions regarding the behavior of your dog. I will give you a few examples:
- My puppy / dog is still not toilet trainesd, how do I learn that?
- My puppy can not be at home alone, how do I build that up?
- My puppy / dog is afraid of it ... .. how do I deal with this?
- My puppy / dog does not come when I call him.
- My puppy / dog is pulling on the leash.
What can you expect from a behavior advice lesson?
Prior to the behavior advice lesson you will be emailed a short questions list. It is nice if you fill it in carefully and send it back. In this way, the behavioral advisor can thoroughly explore your request for help and the 60-minute lesson can be optimally used to give you good advice in the behavior of your dog.
During the lesson you will be asked some additional questions and will look at how the dog behaves in the space / field and how you react to the dog. All this together will lead to advice and how to deal with your request for help.
The week after the lesson, the behavior adviser will briefly send you the discussed advice by e-mail. If necessary, it is possible to arrange a repetition of the lesson after two to four weeks, which will take 30 minutes.
What are the costs of a behavior advice lesson?
The costs are € 50 per lesson for 60 minutes. When more time is needed to advise you well, it is advisable to make a follow-up appointment. If you have several problems with your dog that do not seem to be in contact with each other, it is wise to discuss a maximum of 1 to 2 problems per lesson, to work on this and possibly discuss the other problems at a later stage.
When is behavioral therapy necessary?
To answer the above question, it is important to know the difference between a dog trainer, a behavior advisor and a behavioral therapist.
A dog trainer teaches in a group or private way in raising or training your dog. Velaal limits itself to preventive advice and transferring how you teach a dog something. A well trained dog trainer will be in possession of the diploma 'Kynologisch Instructeur'. An important function with which you try to prevent a lot of problem behavior.
A behavior adviser can help you with small mistakes that have come to you so well-intended upbringing or training, or with questions that they can not help you with at the dog club. More insight into the behavior and possibly problem behavior of the dog is necessary and besides the diploma 'kynological instructor' one must possess the diploma behavior advisor within Tinley's vet practice.
A behavioral therapist often also has the above-mentioned diplomas and also a completed HBO training to become a behavioral therapist (These are training courses from, among others, Dogvision and the Gaus academy).
Once in the behavior advice consultation or during the previous contact is noticed that the 'problem behavior' of your dog is a danger for you, your dog or his environment or his wellbeing continuously affects will not have enough to give advice but is behavioral therapy recommended.
You can think of:
- Fears (for sounds, strange people, other dogs, children, etc.)
- Aggression (to strange people, other dogs, children, etc.)
- chasing (cyclists, cats, other dogs, game etc.)
- Not being able to be alone (barking, squealing, breaking, etc.)
- Compulsive behavior (chasing after light, self damage, tail chasing etc.)
What can you expect from behavioral therapy?
In behavior therapy we will dig further than with a behavior advice consultation. We start by making a lot of inquiries and observing a diagnosis first, from this diagnosis we will then discuss the correct therapy methods with you. For example, there are more than 7 forms of aggression and these all require a different approach! After studying the questionnaire you have filled out and possibly visual material, the therapist will come to you and your dog. She will ask some extra questions and then go with you to the 'problem' behavior of your dog. Often during this first visit she will be able to proceed to a diagnosis and accompanying therapy exercises. Sometimes consultation with third parties and home reading will precede this. In most cases, you will also be practicing briefly during this first visit.
The behavioral therapist will send you a short therapy report by mail the week after the behavior therapy consultation. You get to work with the given exercises and after two weeks there will be a therapy lesson of half an hour. Here you show the therapist the steps you and your buddy have taken and, if necessary, you will be adjusted or receive additional advice. Of course it is always possible to keep in touch about the course of the used therapy!
What are the costs for behavioral therapy?
The costs are € 125, - per 120 minutes consultation. The costs include the assessment of the questionnaire you completed and observing the "made videos" the problem behavior. Making the right diagnosis and aftercare regarding this problem behavior. From the therapy class after two weeks the costs are € 25 per half hour. If you have several problems with your dog that are not connected to each other, it is advisable to discuss a maximum of 1 to 2 problems per consultation, to go to work and possibly discuss the other problems at a later stage.