Animal Behaviour Consultations
Danielle’s animal behaviour consultations are tailored to help you and your companion, regardless of species, to reconnect and offer guidance for any problems that you may be having.
The process consists of an initial 2 hour consultation where Danielle will have a chat with you about the problems you are having and will then discuss possible treatment plans, tailored to the individual needs of yourself and your companion. Danielle will then send you a report with a written treatment plan, and then come back to see you for a followup rehabilitation session, utilizing Skype, stooge animals or people where required.
Canine and Feline consultations are carried out in the comfort of your own home, which allows Danielle to assess the situation in more detail. For other species consultations, such as lizard or rabbit consultations are also available via Skype if preferred or if distance is problematic.
I consult around the North West region, based out of Manchester and cover areas of South Lancashire; Bolton, Horwich, Westhaughton, Wigan, Atherton, Leigh, Tydsley. Greater Manchester; Bury, Prestwich, Oldham, Swinton, Ashton, Stockport, Wythenshaw, Sale, Cheadle, Cheshire East; Poynton, Alderly Edge, Prestbury, Wilmslow, Macclesfield and Derbyshire West; Glossop, Hyde, Hadfield, High Peak, Buxton. Skype video consultations are offered internationally.
The cost of the consultation, rehabilitation session and report cost £200, plus a non refundable £50 deposit to secure your booking. Further rehabilitation sessions are £50 per hour.
Please check your insurance, as most insurance companies will cover the cost of Danielle’s behaviour consultation and any rehabilitation sessions you might need.
Please contact [email protected] for further information.
As Danielle is a Full APBC Member and Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, she is only able to see behaviour consultations via a veterinary referral. This is to ensure that any medical reasons for the behaviour have been ruled out and allows her to work closely with your vet to ensure the best outcome for your companion. A copy of Danielle’s veterinary referral form can be obtained by contacting her on [email protected]
Some examples of common behaviour problems seen by Danielle include:
When your companion animal starts to display aggression towards you, your visitors or strangers, it’s often very disheartening and scary for all involved, particularly if a bite has occurred. This type of behaviour can leave a caregiver feeling highly stressed and frustrated, which can lead to a breakdown in the human animal bond. It is Danielle’s aim to help you to understand the reasons and motivations behind your pets behaviour, which will enable you to work together to manage the situation and prevent any miscommunications. These displays of aggression can often be reduced and/or resolved, depending on the context and severity of the behaviour, whilst rebuilding your relationship and the bond of trust that many caregivers require to have a healthy relationship with their companion.
The image of a friendship developing between a child and their companion animal is one often revered by many families, which is evidenced by the large amount of companion animals that share our homes today. Although in many cases, the children and their companion animal do develop a trusting relationship, there are many that don’t. Often this leads to the animal displaying signs of aggression or reactivity towards the children, which may have developed silently over time then suddenly appear ‘out of the blue’. As a mother herself, Danielle has a passion for promoting safe interactions between children and their companion animals, regardless of species. She will take the time to help the whole family to understand why their companion animal is reacting the way they are and offer talk them through the options available to them to help improve the situation, taking into account everyones welfare.
Allowing your companion dogs and cats the ability to explore the outside world is a luxury for many and a joyful experience for their caregivers, as they are able to watch their companions walk, run and play. However, for those who are living with reactive individuals the idea of taking your dog for a walk or letting your cat out of the house is a thought filled with dread, as your pets appear to be ‘anti social’ towards other animals. This may include dog – dog aggression, dog – cat aggression, cat – cat aggression, livestock chasing etc. Danielle’s consultations will help you to learn how to manage and control your pets behaviour, allowing you to find a compromise that allows you both to experience the joys of the outside world.
As a previous owner of a reactive dog, Danielle is aware of the stress involved in what appears to be a simple exercise – taking the dog for a walk. The build up of anxiety, the anti social walking hours, the almost ninja senses scanning for other animals as you walk down the road whilst simultaneously taking mental notes of possible hiding places. She also understands the embarrassment and occasional resentment you may feel toward your beloved companion, as you experience the looks and stares from other people wondering ‘what is wrong with your dog’.
If this sounds familiar, Danielle will be very happy to help you to work with your dog to help them to cope in these stressful situations. She can offer guidance and useful techniques to reduce their reactivity whilst helping to give you back some peace of mind and control.
Enjoying the company of one companion animal is amazing, so having more than one or a multi species household is even better….right?
For some maybe, for others living with the day to day hassles of separating their pets can be hard work. Trying to stop the dog fighting with the other dogs, or chasing the (enter species name here). Preventing the cats from blocking each others path to the toilet, food, bowls or outside whilst the lizards argue and injure themselves in the vivarium. These are just a few examples of the complications that can occur when more than one animal is living amongst another.
Through careful management and understanding, often these difficulties can be resolved or at least reduced through environmental enhancements or management. Danielle’s background in zoology and working with multiple species, whilst also living in a multi species household herself, will help you to find a solution that works best for your individual circumstance.
There’s little in life more annoying than trying to have quite evening with a good book or in front of the tv, whilst your companion animal is exercising their vocal chords. The reasons behind this are many, which is why a consultation is required to work out the causes of these excessive vocalisations in order to treat the cause effectively. Often the initial causes for these behaviours may no longer apply and they have become a learnt way to gain attention or cope with some stressor within the environment. With time and patience Danielle can help you to understand these vocalisations and teach you how to manage and reduce them, with the aim of allowing you to regain some peace and quiet.
Many of our companion animals are chosen due to their social nature, which is especially true for our canine friends. Their ability to mix well in multi-species households and enjoy the company of other species is one of the many things we love about our four legged friends. However, their highly social nature comes at a cost….they need company and a social outlet. If they are left alone for long periods of time, and do not receive sufficient social interactions, separation related problems may occur.
Furthermore, not all separation related problems are due insufficient social interactions, some individuals may have never learnt how to cope with being alone, or they may be scared of noises inside or out of the house. They may get frustrated or even bored when their caregivers leave, which leads them to display unwanted behaviours including destructiveness, vocalisations, depression, indoor toileting, repetitive behaviours and even self harm through excessive chewing.
If you suspect your dog may have a separation related problem recording it can be extremely valuable as it will show you how your dog reacts when you leave. This will help Danielle to identify any signs of stress or frustration during the consultation, so she can devise a suitable treatment plan for you.
We love our companion animals dearly, but when they toilet in our house our affection is often somewhat lacking. This is a common problem for a variety of species including dogs, cats, rabbits, tortoises and lizards and well any animal that at some point is able to free roam within your house. Sometimes this is due to insufficient toilet training, and yes most species are able to be toilet trained, the rabbits Danielle kept as a child and her 15 year old Iguana Dexter are living proof of this. In this case Danielle can help you devise a training program to help you rectify this.
However, there are many reasons to why your companion is no longer toiling in the right area. This could be due to a medical condition, environmental stressor, emotional stressor, panic etc. Therefore, a behaviour consultation is needed in order to gather the information, which will help Danielle to determine the cause of your pets toileting and create a treatment plan to overcome the problem.
Repetitive, compulsive and stereotypical behaviours are often associated with traditional style zoological collections and poor animal welfare. Although there is some truth to this, our companion animals can suffer with repetitive behaviours too. These can occur in the form of a dog chewing its paw and causing sever injuries or chasing ‘imaginary’ flies to lizards or tortoises constantly scratching on the walls of their enclosure. Repetitive behaviours are often a coping strategy for a stressor or conflicting emotions and may have an underlying medical condition. If your companion is suffering with a repetitive behaviour, please seek veterinary advice ASAP, as the sooner you can arrange a behaviour consultation the higher the chances of a good prognosis. Danielle understands how difficult it can be to see your companion in this situation and will work with you to help you take the best course of action for both yourself and your companion.
Behaviour First Aid
These sessions are available for people looking for professional advice about their animal, when they are unsure if they require a behaviour consultation, one to one training session or just need some friendly advice. These sessions offer ‘first aid’ advice which will help prevent the problem from getting any worse and provide you with practical management and training solutions until a behaviour consultation or one to one training session can be arranged, if required.
During the session Danielle can offer you short term management strategies and protocols for your individual situation to make daily life easier. Further recommendations for future training or behavioural advice, based on the information provided during the session can then be arranged, whilst the initial groundwork from the first aid session are being implemented. These sessions are particularly useful for shift workers and people with invisible illnesses who may find arranging a home visit difficult or people who reside outside the UK, who may not have access to local qualified behaviourists. Danielle has clients based Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and the USA.
Behavioural first aid sessions are available via Skype, and other video conferencing tools like Zoom, or home visits for local clients
Video calls are £2/minute or £60/hour. Home visits are £100/hour.
One to One Training Sessions
Not all of our companions require a behaviour consultation, some just need a little time and training to understand what they are expected to do in certain situations. For example; rather than running to the door, sit on their bed; rather than jumping up, keep all paws on the floor; rather than pulling on the lead, walk nicely on a loose lead; rather than a fight to get them into a carry case, teach them to go in on cue.
Danielle’s one to one training sessions are designed to assist you in learning how to train your companion, regardless of species, to do the behaviours you want them to do, rather than focusing on the unwanted behaviours. These training sessions allow you to learn how to teach your animal desired behaviours and increase your ability to communicate with your animal, which enables a more peaceful living environment. Other examples include target training, stationing, accepting medical procedures and training aids such as head collars and harnesses, coming into and out of enclosures and accepting handling.
One to One training sessions last for 60-90 minutes and cost £50 per session.
Danielle has presented internationally at conferences on the subjects of animal behaviour, training and enrichment including the annual Animal Behaviour Management Alliance conference, Denmark; Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors exotic conference, UK; and the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s Congress, UK. Danielle has also presented a webinar on the enrichment of exotic pets for the APBC and is due to present a further webinar on lizard aggression later in the year. Danielle has also given short presentations and lectures to students at Salford Collage and was invited as a guest speaker for the Herpetological Society at Bangor University, she also offers training and behaviour advice for the Positive Pet Group Facebook page where she also does some live videos and interviews.
Danielle has also delivered dog safety around children demonstrations at local schools, where she helped the students to create an assembly to teach the rest of the school about what they had learn’t about dog safety with Danielle and her dog Diefa.
She is an enthusiastic and passionate speaker, especially when it comes to reducing stress and improving welfare in companion and zoological animals, especially lizards. Danielle is able to deliver presentations on topics such as aggression, training, learning theory and enrichment, which can be presented via short lectures, webinars or full day seminars. Danielle is happy to speak at events big or small and enjoys sharing knowledge with others.
Danielle is available to speak at;
- Schools, Collages, Universities
- Animal events
- Dog training center’s and day cares
- Or in house Veterinary CPD
For further information and pricing please contact Danielle on [email protected]
Danielle is the only registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist that has been assessed for Lizards, as well as canines, and is able to address and behaviourally diagnose behaviour problems in multiple species.
Danielle is an animal trainer, as well as a behaviour consultant.
This combination of her academic knowledge about ethology, psychology, learning theory and behaviour along with her background in zoology, behaviour and welfare, and 15 years of practical experience gives her a unique ability to train the majority of species in a variety of contexts.
Danielle can assist Zoological colleagues with the training of their animals to; Shift in a timely manner, Recognise their names or stations, Prepare them for medical procedures Prepare them for transportation.