How it Works?
First and foremost - Hart Behaviour ONLY condones and makes use of positive behaviour modification and training methods. This means no smacking or shouting at your pet, no threatening posture manipulations or use of dominance/pack theory or rank reduction programmes, and absolutely no shock collars, choke chains or prong collars. All of the above will only incite fear, and will completely counteract any progress made during behaviour modification.
I use the EMRA (Emotional, Mood State and Reinforcement Analysis) method, developed by the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) in the UK. This involves the assessment each individual animal, meaning that every assessment will be different - there is no blanket 'diagnosis'. Every client and their pet are unique.
With the facts provided by the owner, as well as the information collected at the home consult, I will put together the behaviour modification programme by doing an emotional, mood state, hedonic budget and reinforcement assessment. Once the programme is sent to you, it is up to you to implement it. I am not an animal whisperer, I can only do so much. I will provide you with the tools and the knowledge to bring harmony to your home, and to help you and your pet grow your relationship and have a better understanding of one another.
Email me with a brief description of the problems that you are encountering with your pet
A consult form will then be emailed back to you. This is a basic questionnaire that will allow you to provide me with further details about you and your pet. An indemnity form will also be sent to you at this stage.
A full veterinary check prior to the consult may be required in some cases, just to rule out any medical or pain-related problems.
Once you have returned the forms to me, we will be able to go ahead and set up a consult time at your home. This is so that I can assess your pet/s in their natural environment. It is necessary for you (and preferably as many family members as possible) to be at home during the consult. A consult averages about two hours, depending on the specific behavioural problem.
After your consult, I will put together a behaviour modification programme specifically for you and your pet. I will email this to you within seven days of your consult. It is essential to follow this plan as closely as possible to get the best results.
Further support will be available via email or telephone. Follow up consults can, of course, be arranged if necessary.