How it Works?

First and foremost - Hart Behaviour ONLY condones and makes use of positive behaviour modification and training methods. This means that animals are treated with respect and not frightened into changing their behaviour - no smacking, 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 All of the above is completely outdated and will only incite fear which will completely counteract any progress made during behaviour modification. It will also negatively affect your relationship with your pets. Please note that although this may sound "airy-fairy" to some, positive based training methods have been thouroughly researched and are proven to be the most humane way to change behaviour.

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 of each individual animal, meaning that every assessment will be different -  there is no blanket 'diagnosis'. Every client and their pet are unique, and have unique needs. 

With the facts provided by the owner, as well as the information collected at the home consultation, I will put together a 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 unfortunately not an animal whisperer (I wish!), which means I can only do so much - most of the implementation will be up to you. 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.

The Process:

  1. Email me with a brief description of the problems that you are encountering with your pet

  2. A consultation 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. 

  3. A full veterinary check prior to the behaviour consultation may be required in some cases, just to rule out any medical or pain-related problems. 

  4. Once you have returned the forms to me, we will be able to go ahead and set up an appointment at your home (or online where suitable). 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 consultation. A consultation averages about two hours, depending on the specific behavioural problem.  

  5. After your consultation, I will put together a behaviour modification programme specifically  designed 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. 

  6. Further support will be available via email or telephone.  Follow up sessions can, of course, be arranged if necessary.