We know that before turning to behaviour modification you will have tried many different things suggested by friends & family, seen on TV or found on the internet. Bells and Whistles offers an end to searching for the answer; our programmes are tailor made for your pet, laid out in easy to follow plans and with clear explanations of why we are asking you to train each exercise or change routines. We're not saying it will be easy, most owners have to put in a lot of time and effort to see the results they want, but they are results that last a lifetime, not quick fixes that will cause more problems than they solve.
Our behaviour counsellor Jenny has an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University as well as many years experience in the animal industry. Jenny founded Bells and Whistles in 2009 after leaving the RSPCA.
It is important to be sure that the behaviourist you are seeing is qualified to help you as at present the industry is not regulated and many 'behaviour counsellors' have done nothing more than a weekend course (or worse no qualifications at all). Please feel free to ask about Jenny's qualifications & experience if you have any worries.
We only work on veterinary referral for behaviour cases, as it is common that a medical issue causes or exacerbates a behavioural issue. Often something in your pets medical history has triggered a problem, even if they are currently in good health so it is important for us to get this referral before seeing your dog. This may seem like a waste of time and money, but you could potentially be wasting time seeing a behaviourist for a problem your vet can help with. In many cases a joint approach is needed, behaviour modification can help many animal's on its own, but sometimes treatment to reduce anxiety or pain are needed for the behaviour programme to work effectively.
Here at Bells and Whistles we don't believe in quick fixes. We use only reward based methods of behaviour modification to modify your pets underlying emotional state. Many dogs are punished for problem behaviours and this may appear to work at first; for instance if you punish a dog for growling it might stop growling, but you are doing nothing about the reason for the growling. Next time your dog is in a similar situation, he can't growl, so will have to snap instead.
Our behaviour consultation package is priced at £180. This includes a consultation in your home (approx. 2 hours), the behaviour report and phone & email support for 12 weeks after your consultation. You'll also get 10% off any extra sessions you might need. The report can be switched for additional training sessions or the Reactive Dogs course if preferred. Behaviour consultations may be subject to mileage depending on your location. Additional support packages are available and are issue dependent - usually £20 per month if bought consecutively from the end of the 12 week package. Access to the reactive dogs graduate group is at no extra charge.
Bells and Whistles can help with a variety of problems with your dog. Separation problems. Aggression. Fears & Phobias. Chasing & Predatory Behaviours. Whatever the issue, we can help.