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Transforming your dog from difficult to delightful, and giving you back the dog of your dreams…
Every day I help people to have the life they always wanted with their dog. You can enjoy safe, stress-free day to day living and long, relaxed walks with your canine companion.
For a taste of how I work, you are very welcome to join my friendly Facebook group Debbie’s Delightful Dogs where I give advice and share information on how you can have a well behaved pet. Use this link to join: https://bit.ly/37HI5Xp
I’m fully qualified (APBC and CCAB), registered and insured and I know exactly what needs doing to resolve your own dog’s behaviour problem, however serious.
Whatever the behaviour problem you’re having, everything seems better after a nice cup of tea and a sit down, so book a chat with me now to tell me all about it and find out how I can help you, using this link: https://calendly.com/debbiebusby/nice-cup-of-tea
Alternatively, you can email me at email@example.com or send me a text message to 07748 369424.
WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?
LEVEL 1: Your dog’s no angel but the problem’s not getting in the way of your life….yet.
Delightful Dog Essential
This behaviour package gives you all the help you want when something needs “nipping in the bud” or if your problem is very specific and not yet causing serious disruption to your life.
I will visit you at your home, or we will “meet up” online via email, Zoom or Skype, I will do a full behavioural assessment, which means that I will know exactly what support you need, and I will develop a treatment plan to give you exactly the right advice to solve the problem you are having with your dog, including an action plan and a summary report for you to refer back to.
Delightful Dog Essential behaviour package. Price £197
LEVEL 2: Who moved my perfect dog? Your dog’s problem behaviour has started to disrupt your day to day life.
Delightful Dog Formula
When you feel that you have lost the dog of your dreams, and their behaviour has really begun to disrupt your day to day life or even your family relationships, when you have had to stop doing many of the activities you used to love to do with your dog, or when these activities have become very difficult and challenging (taking your lunging and barking dog for walks at 5am to avoid the other dogs on the park is a prime example), you need my behaviour change programme, Delightful Dog Formula.
I will provide a full assessment, at your home or using an online service such as Skype or Zoom. I will explain why the problem is happening so that you can understand your dog a lot better and I will develop a six week behaviour transformation programme tailored uniquely to the needs of you and your dog so that you can get back to the lovely life you used to have.
all contact with your veterinary surgeon
full behavioural assessment
six week behaviour change programme
weekly progress discussions, advice and coaching.
I will give you my full support for the duration of your programme, including any additional advice or coaching in training techniques.
At the end of this programme you will be able to enjoy life once again with your dog.
Delightful Dog Formula programme. Price £497
LEVEL 3: All cases where your dog has complex behavioural problems and/or has caused serious injury another person, dog or other animal, or where you are worried that this will happen if you don’t get help.
Delightful Dog Rehab
Full clinical and safety assessment, at your home or via phone or Zoom and video assessment.
Detailed analysis of the causes of your dog’s aggressive behaviour and a clear, individualised step by step programme designed specifically to rehabilitate your dog to become a well-behaved canine citizen and a safe member of your family.
This programme is only available on referral from your veterinary surgeon. It includes a customised rehabilitation programme for your dog and their specific pattern of behaviour.
Full support from me in weekly follow-up meetings online or by phone, and regular communications to keep you on track as you progress through your programme.
Delightful Dog Rehab programme
Price starting at £647
SPECIALIST RESOURCE GUARDING PROGRAMME ONLINE
When your usually sweet, loving companion turns from Jekyll to Hyde in an instant, and you fear for your or your children’s safety. You may already have been injured by a bite, perhaps even very seriously.
Aggressive guarding of food, toys, stolen items, spaces or objects (sofa, person, bed, another dog) is called resource guarding. It can start as growling, you may even see it as play behaviour initially but if not properly managed it will escalate to snapping and then biting and serious injury to you, your child, an elder or another family pet. Anyone who attempts to remove the item being guarded or to move the dog from the space they are guarding is at risk.
Resource guarding is a very serious problem and in recent years these cases have accounted for a greater and greater proportion of my case load.
These are absolutely not cases where simple positive reinforcement training or a typical behavioural “desensitisation and counter conditioning” protocol alone will solve your problem. You need a specialist solution from a clinical behaviourist who has extensive experience in this area.
In my specialist resource guarding treatment programme I systematically examine every aspect of your dog’s behaviour, their management and training regimes and daily lifestyle, together with their medical history. In many cases there is a medical element contributing to resource guarding behaviour and this is why it is essential that you work with a properly qualified clinical behaviourist who will liaise with your vet to organise any required medical tests and treatment.
It’s all online, so you don’t have to travel anywhere for training, your dog won’t be faced with a worrying stranger turning up on their territory, and I can help you wherever you are in the world!
Your step by step programme starts with safety as an absolute essential, helping you to take back control of your dog’s behaviour so that all family members are kept safe from now on. When I am sure that all your safety measures are in place I will carry out a full behavioural assessment and develop the next step of your customised action plan designed for your dog, your family and your lifestyle.
Your programme will progress on a month by month basis as we review the improvements in your dog’s behaviour. There is no quick fix to resource guarding behaviour and most clients find that it takes between two and six months to achieve the improvements they seek. A significant part of the success of your resource guarding programme depends on your commitment and diligence in implementing the recommended exercises and other changes, so be prepared to commit to this in order to get to the stage where you can be happy that you have a safe dog that you can feel relaxed around, rather than constantly treading on eggshells around your dog, as if they are controlling your life.
The programme runs on a month by month basis and at the end of each month we will review your progress so that you, your vet and I are all clear about what the next stage of your programme will entail.
The price for your dog’s first month’s treatment is £547 which includes a full clinical behavioural assessment, liaison with your vet, behavioural diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan, plus weekly follow up sessions on Zoom. After that the price is based on the number of follow up sessions you have. We will review your dog’s progress month by month and you will typically have one follow up session per month, priced at £65 per session which includes any new action plans, and all liaison with your vet or other medical specialists.
You can usually claim my fees back on your insurance policy but you must check this directly with your insurance company.
Book a call with me using this link: https://calendly.com/debbiebusby/nice-cup-of-tea or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/WhatsApp to 07748 369424 to get immediate help with your dog’s resource guarding problem.
LEVEL 4: All of the problem and none of the time.
Delightful Dog Intensive
When your busy life is already full of work, kids or caring and your dog’s behaviour is disrupting your life but you don’t have a spare second to deal with it, I will visit you and your dog at your house for five days, one hour per day, to carry out my full behavioural assessment and Delightful Dog behaviour programme for you, followed by four follow up meetings via Zoom over the following four weeks.
I will develop the unique programme you need, tailored to resolve the problem you are having, I’ll explain it to you and keep you updated, we’ll review progress regularly and at the end of five weeks your life will still be busy! but your disruptive dog will be delightful once more.
Delightful Dog Intensive package. Price £1,750
How I work
Your dog’s unwanted behaviour took time to develop and it takes time to undo. These are clear psychological principles. I take a whole dog, whole of life approach and my advice will stand you in good stead for years to come, as well as helping you overcome the problem behaviour you are seeing right now.
I offer the following services:
Clinical behaviour consultations under veterinary referral*
Supervision/mentoring for new behaviour consultants and undergrad/postgrad students
Remote consultations via Skype or Zoom are also available.
Unlike vets or doctors, animal behaviour work is not regulated by law and this can make it very difficult for dog owners to know who to choose. It’s essential to ensure that your adviser will not make matters worse by using unsuitable or unsafe methods, or even techniques that will cause your dog pain or fear. The Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the only regulatory body working closely with the UK Government to rectify these risks and it sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the animal behaviour industry. By making sure that you work with a Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist like me, you can be assured that you are being advised by one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced behaviourists.
All animals are unique and no two behaviour cases are the same. In cases where your dog is showing unwanted behaviour it is essential to look for the causes of the problem and treat those causes; this involves going beyond simple obedience training and taking a psychological rehabilitation approach specific to each individual dog. The recommendations I will give you will help you to change your own dog’s unwanted behaviour.
*Veterinary referral means that your veterinary surgeon formally consents for me to consult with you. Potential clients are free to contact me directly, or your vet can get in touch in the first instance. I consult on behavioural problems only, not physical or medical issues, and I always work under referral from your registered veterinary surgeon so that if we do suspect an underlying medical issue we can refer back to your vet.
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What happens at a behaviour consultation?
When you contact me I will send you a detailed questionnaire so I have your dog’s case history, and I’ll check in with your vet so they are aware that we are working together, that’s essential; this will advise me of any physical or medical conditions relating to your dog that I need to be aware of. The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 lays responsibility with vets for the diagnostic health and welfare of animals registered in their care.
Then we will “meet up” online via phone, Zoom or Skype so you can talk to me about the problems you are having.
make an assessment of the behavioural problem
explain to you why it is occurring
discuss options that will work for you in your situation
work with you to develop a personalised retraining plan that you will be able to carry out to help resolve the problem
coach you in how to apply my recommendations correctly
After my assessment I will send you a written summary of all my advice and recommendations.
I will prepare your individualised step-by-step behaviour change and retraining plan and information pack, which may include changes to your dog’s routine or management, I’ll set out my recommendations to you in a written report explaining your dog’s behaviour and the treatment plan I have recommended, and I will write to your vet with a summary of my assessment and recommendations
The treatment plan I develop for you will be based on sound psychological techniques to establish the behaviour you want. They are scientifically validated and effective. I will not ask you to make any changes that you feel uncomfortable with. If you follow my recommendations you will see the positive changes you want in your dog’s behaviour, and I will give my full support while you are putting these changes into place.
How to book
To book your consultation just email me at email@example.com or text me on 07748 369424.
For other consultancy services e.g. rehoming assessments, expert witness, lecturing, workshops, speaking engagements: please contact me to discuss.
Supervision/mentoring for new consultants and students: please contact me to discuss.
Sanctuaries and welfare organisations, please contact for details of reduced price or pro bono consultations.