Dog behaviourists and other professionals who work with dogs and their owners or with dogs in rescue often get referrals from a vet. This is considered best practice as the dog behaviourist is then aware of any underlying medical conditions.
The work often involves:
· Taking a detailed history of the problem from the caregiver, including medical information.
· Observing and handling the dog to assess response to different situations.
· Establishing the cause of unwanted behaviour
· Advising the caregiver on how to modify the dog's behaviour.
· Compiling a report outlining the behaviour modification plan for the caregiver and veterinary surgeon.
· Maintaining contact with the caregiver after consultation to assess progress, provide support and, if necessary, to modify advice depending on the progress made.