Training your pet should be fun for everyone involved. There is no need for harsh punitive methods. Lack of confidence and nervousness in dogs and cats may already be contributing to their inability to learn or behave appropriately – punishing them will just damage your relationship and could make problems worse. All of Pet Perfection’s behaviour and training advice is based on positive methods and motivational rewards that your pet will love.
No pet is too ‘stubborn’ or ‘stupid’ to learn, but there may be various factors preventing learning, or making the training process slow and frustrating. I can help owners to achieve the results they want, using fair and motivational methods.
I will look at your pet as an individual, whilst also taking into account their breed, age, gender and background, as well as any other information that may be relevant. Together, we will work towards your ideal aims and relationship with your pet.
During a behaviour consultation, it is important for me to observe your pet’s natural behaviour. Gathering history and information is also important to determine the underlying cause and what can be done to eliminate or modify the behaviour. I will not treat any case the same, as I strongly believe that each pet should be assessed as an individual, based on their personality, home environment and lifestyle – being able to understand what is reinforcing their behaviour.
What works for some, may not for others – for both the pet and owner.
As a past student of COAPE and member of CAPBT, I use a theory model known as ‘EMRA’. This style of assessment looks at the Emotionality, general Mood state and Reinforcement factors for your pet. This approach is also taken into account during a training consultation, a walk or training class. Time is spent getting to know you and your pet, providing an understanding of the best way to train your pet successfully and maintain a strong and happy relationship.
It is important to understand your pet’s emotions before, during and after the behaviour occurs – whilst also determining the general mood of your pet and whether their emotional and physical needs are being met.
Reinforcement of the problematic behaviour often comes from our own reactions to the behaviour or by our pets own emotions – such as ‘reward’ and ‘relief’ and of course – their natural instincts.
By looking at all of this information as a whole and taking into consideration the family structure, we can begin to fully understand why a behaviour is occurring and begin training and treatment. This is what makes it so important in being able to see your pet and observe the behaviour, as opposed to giving advice over the phone – which could in fact just make a problem worse or encourage new behaviours.
Please ensure when selecting a behaviourist, you find someone with specialist training and up to date qualifications. For a list of qualified behaviourists across the country, please click here www.capbt.org/findbehaviourist-uk.php