Dog or Puppy Behaviour Problems:
What does a Dog Behaviour Visit involve?
- Housetraining problems (for puppies up to the age of 16 weeks please see our Puppy Home Start section).
- Chasing joggers, bikes or livestock.
- Excessive barking.
- Destructiveness & chewing around the home.
- Sound phobias (including fireworks and thunderstorms).
- Separation Issues when left alone.
- Anxiety and avoidance towards people, other dogs or children.
- Attention seeking behaviours or inappropriate social behaviour, such as jumping up.
- Aggression (to people and/or other animals).
The Dog Behaviour Visits are generally held in owner's home and/or in the location in which the problem behaviour occurs.
Ros covers The Isle of Wight, Gosport, Fareham and surrounding areas in Hampshire for pet behavioural visits.
The length of time that a Dog Behaviour Visit lasts is dependent on the type of behavioural problem; however, Ros usually
suggests to owners to allow approximately
1.5 - 2 hours for the consultation (depending on the complexity of the behaviour)
Her aim during the Dog Behaviour Consultation is to explore the possible reasons WHY the problem behaviour is happening,
and this involves taking a full and detailed history of your dog and the specific behaviour problem. Ros will also observe
your dog's behaviour in general and in relation to the specific behaviour problem (this may involve walking to your local
park or travelling in the car etc., depending on the specific problem and the environment it occurs in).
During this visit, as well as making sure owners fully understand their dog's behaviour, she will also work with you on the
practical skills needed to help train your dog This ensures that owners feel confidant to follow the treatment plan after
the behaviour consultation.
Will you cure my dog of the behaviour problem?
It is important to recognise that the problem behaviour in most cases did not occur overnight so it will take time to work
and improve your dog's behaviour. Some trainer's methods may often use punishment or aversive methods and produce quick
results which look effective during a consultation. However, for many people, these methods are unethical and ineffective
in the long term and are likely to affect your relationship with your dog. Forceful methods are also likely to cause pain
and distress to your dog and can cause the behaviour problem to intensify (especially in cases of fear or aggression).
Behaviour modification using reward-based training can still produce fast results with your dog but is not aimed to be a
'quick fix'. For training to be successful there needs to be a lot of effort from the owners before improvements in their
dog's behaviour can be seen. However, the change is like to be long term!
For many behaviour problems, there may be a medical issue that is causing or contributing towards a behaviour problem and
so Ros Freeman Dog Training will work closely with your own vet to ensure that this is ruled out prior to training beginning.
What happens after the Dog Behaviour visit?
Following the consultation, a detailed written report will be sent to you (via email). The behaviour visit report can
take anywhere from 1-2 for Ros to write and the cost of this is included in your initial consultation fee. A copy of
the report can be sent to your vet if you request it.
Depending on the severity of the problem, sometimes it may be necessary to only have one dog behaviour visit and follow
up support will be provided via the telephone and/or email, to ensure that training is progressing well. Ros does
encourage owners to keep in regular contact and to inform her immediately if they have any questions or feel that
there has been a change in your dog's behaviour.
Some owners may prefer continued support, either through further consultation visits, 1-1 training or by attending
Ros's dog training classes. Ros Freeman Dog Training operates in The Isle of Wight, Gosport, Lee on the Solent,
Stubbington, Fareham, Portsmouth and will travel throughout certain parts of Hampshire for Dog Behavioural
Consultations or 1-1 dog training.
Pet Behavioural Visits Are by Appointment Only
Ros Freeman is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has been training obedience and
working with dogs with behavioural problems for over 30 years.
However, Ros wants to be very transparent
and honest with owners and wishes to inform them that she is not a qualified
Animal Behaviourist -
If you wish to contact a qualified animal behaviourist after speaking to Ros -
she would be delighted to provide you with further information