Dog behaviour problems

Canine behaviour Consultations:
Dog behaviour consultations are only conducted at the Wagenrenk Veterinary Specialist Clinic by appointment only. To make an appointment please phone 0317-419120 during regular working hours. Consultations are available in English or in Dutch.

Behaviour problems are the number one cause of euthanasia and abandonment of animals in companion animals and not diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, diabetes etc. The prevention and treatment of behaviour problems in animals is a key service provided by animalytics.

Behaviour problems typically treated in dogs include:

  • Aggression towards people, other dogs or cats or other animals
  • Anxiety disorders, e.g., separation related disorders, noise or storm fears/phobias and other fears/phobias in certain situations
  • Abnormal repetitive behaviours (compulsive behaviour or stereotypic behaviour)
  • House soiling; urinating or defecating (pooping) indoors
  • Hyperactivity and/or hyperreactivity
  • Cognitive dysfunction (dementia)
  • Self-injurious behaviour such as self-mutilation (biting, scratching and or licking oneself in a way that causes physical injury to oneself)

During the consultation:
During the consultation, we will:

  • Take a detailed history of your dog’s behavioural and medical history
  • Perform a physical examination (if appropriate) on your dog, and discuss any additional testing that may be needed 
  • Make one or several behavioural diagnoses 
  • Present you with a management plan that will include any necessary medication, behaviour modification, environmental enrichment and management recommendations  (please note that a management plan is not included in the Preliminary Assessment Consultation).

Comprehensive (Standard) Dog Behaviour Consultation:
Due to the complex nature of behaviour problems, the owner education and involvement necessary to treat them, canine behaviour appointments require a large block of time. For cases not involving aggression, the initial consultation will last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the complexity of your dog’s case. In some cases, 30-60 minute in clinic follow up consultations will be recommended during the course of therapy for re-assessment. Usually 3-4 of these will be necessary in the first year for successful management of more complex behaviour problems. However, the need for follow up visits varies from case to case and we will advise you whether they are warranted in your particular case.

Comprehensive (Aggression) Dog Behaviour Consultation:
Due to the complex nature of behaviour problems, the owner education and involvement necessary to treat them, canine behaviour appointments require a large block of time. For cases involving aggression, the consultation will last approximately 2.5 - 3 hours depending on the complexity of your dog’s case. In some cases, 30-60 minute in clinic follow up consultations will be recommended during the course of therapy for re-assessment. Usually 3-4 of these will be necessary in the first year for successful management of more complex behaviour problems. However, the need for follow up visits varies from case to case and we will advise you whether they are warranted in your particular case.

Preliminary (Standard) Assessment Consultation:
Not sure if you are ready to embark on behavioural therapy for your dog?  If you’re not sure if you need a veterinary behaviourist, this is a great way to explore what can be done for your dog.  Submit a completed behavioural history form and book a 60 minute Preliminary Assessment Consultation for your dog with Drs. Jonckheer to discuss your dog’s behaviour problem and determine if you would like to seek behavioural therapy.  This consultation does not involve extensive individualised treatment recommendations.  It is an evaluation of your pet's behavioral history and a discussion regarding the expected level of improvement that could be made with behaviour treatment although you will receive some resources that will help you work more effectively and safely with your pet.  After a Preliminary Assessment Consultation most clients also schedule a Treatment Plan Consultation so that a more comprehensive individualized programme can be developed. 

Preliminary (Aggression) Assessment Consultation:
Not sure if you are ready to embark on behavioural therapy for your dog?  If you’re not sure if you need a veterinary behaviourist, this is a great way to explore what can be done for your dog.  Submit a completed behavioural history form and book a 2 hour Preliminary Assessment Consultation for your dog with Drs. Jonckheer to discuss your dog’s behaviour problem and determine if you would like to seek behavioural therapy.  This consultation does not involve extensive individualised treatment recommendations.  It is an evaluation of your pet's behavioral history and a discussion regarding the expected level of improvement that could be made with behaviour treatment although you will receive some resources that will help you work more effectively and safely with your pet.  After a Preliminary Assessment Consultation most clients also schedule a Treatment Plan Consultation so that a more comprehensive individualized programme can be developed. 

Treatment Plan Consultation:
At this appointment we'll create a comprehensive initial plan that your family can safely implement at home.  First, we’ll answer any questions you have from your Initial Assessment, review any new films that you have made of your dog's behaviour and discuss any other related issues.  Then, we’ll discuss your pet’s diagnosis, make a safe management plan, and discuss medication, supplementary, and dietary support options. Finally, we'll design and demonstrate an individualised behaviour modification and training plan. This consultation typically lasts an hour.

Follow up Behaviour Consultation:
After your initial appointment and depending on the nature of the problem, you may advised to set up a Follow up Consultation so your dog’s progresscan be monitored, adjustments to the treatment plan and/or medicationmay be made and so that guidance may be provided for long term management. The need for follow up visits varies from case to case. A Follow up Consultation must occur within 6 months of any of our other behaviour consultations (except the Preliminary Assessment Consultation). A follow up consultation last one hour. 

Telephone or Skype Consultation: Short telephone consultations are available for people, who have questions or concerns regarding the treatment of their dog and who do not wish to wait for their follow-up consultation. This consultation is only available for clients who have been to see us with their dog within the previous 6 months. This service is not available for clients who have never been to V.S.C. de Wagenrenk with their dog. However, vet-vet consultations may be an option for them.

It is necessary to see the client and the animal in person in order to establish a legal veterinary client relationship and to be able to fully assess the animal and the problem. If it is not possible for a face-to-face consultation than you can have your veterinarian consult with me using a Vet-Vet Consultation through the telephone or preferably through Skype.

Vet-Vet Behaviour Consultation: This is a veterinarian–to–veterinarian consultation service to assist veterinarians in the diagnosis and treatment of animal behaviour problems. Your animal’s veterinarian (referring veterinarian) and you provide me with a written account of the behaviour problem via behaviour history forms that I will send to the referring veterinarian prior to the telephone/Skype consultation. Your veterinarian will return the completed questionnaire to me along with your animal’s medical history at least 3 days prior to the appointment. 

The telephone/Skype consultation will last 1-2 hours.  If you wish your veterinarian to avail of a Vet-Vet consultation than they should e-mail me directly (link) to schedule an appointment. 

Pre-acquisition consultation:
These consultations are ideal for anyone who is considering or about to buy/adopt a puppy/dog from a breeder, shelter or other source. Choosing a new puppy/dog should be done carefully and well researched beforehand.

During this consultation we will:

  • Examine your lifestyle and daily routines
  • Examine your living environment
  • Discuss what your goals are for your new puppy/dog
  • Suggest age, breed and sources of dogs suitable for you
  • Discuss the behavioural needs of your new dog

This consultation will last 1.5 hours. Additional consultations are possible upon request.

New Puppy Consultation: 
Research has shown that the early months of an animal’s life are the most critical as far as shaping desirable adult behavior.  In order to grow into a loving and secure dog, puppies need to be exposed to people, animals, environments, and training in an appropriate fashion before they are 16 weeks old.

The new puppy consultation is designed for young puppies from 8-14 weeks of age (although puppies older then this are also welcome).  The goal is to make puppies grow up into comfortable, confident, emotionally stable, and well trained adult dogs in any situation.  You will be given the tools to get your puppy off to a great start.  Focus is on problem prevention and the management of normal (but sometimes unruly or unwanted) behaviors.  Topics include dog development and behaviour, dog communication, the importance of socialisation, house training, puppy nipping and biting, and dog friendly training techniques.

 This consultation includes:

  • A 1.5 hour private consultation with you and your puppy. All members of the household are encouraged to attend.
  • Puppy Starters Right pack
  • Advice on basic training and problem prevention utilising welfare friendly techniques.

After 16 weeks of age, this golden period for social and emotional development has ended, making it difficult for dogs to adapt to the ever-changing world.  Puppy socialisation is the single most important thing a puppy owner can do for his or her dog in its entire lifetime.  Many problem behaviors such as aggression to dogs and people, fear of people, places and things, anxiety related problems, and nuisance behaviors such as jumping, chewing, and stealing objects, and excessive barking can be prevented.

Please note that this consultation is not designed to replace puppy socialisation classes. Additional consultations are possible upon request.

New dog consultation:
These consultations are suitable for people who have recently acquired or purchased a dog who is 6 months of age or older. You will be given the tools to get your new dog off to a great start.  Focus is on problem prevention and the management of normal (but sometimes unruly or unwanted) behaviors.  Topics include dog behaviour and communication, house training and dog friendly training techniques. 

This consultation will last 1.5 hours. Additional consultations are possible upon request.

Baby Preparation Consultation:
This appointment is for non-aggressive dogs. If your pet is aggressive, please schedule a comprehensive (aggression) behaviour consultation (see above). This consultation includes an evaluation of your pet and instructions on how to prepare your pet for the addition of a baby to your household.

This consultation will last 1.5 hours. Additional consultations are possible upon request.

 















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