Behaviour and Training Referral Service
for Dogs and cats

Donaldson’s Vets offers a referral service for behavioural advice and training from diagnosis to management. We base all our treatments on the most recent research in behaviour medicine, using only positive reward-based methods. All cases must be referred by a veterinary surgeon and will require the full medical history for the pet.

Behaviour Referral

Most appointments will last for approximately 2-3 hours. We will
advise you on which family members should attend and this may
include other family pets. Cases are seen at our Almondbury Surgery or
where required, depending on the problem, a home visit can be arranged.

Wendy will take a full history and then work through the problems, focusing our treatment on a behaviour modification plan. We may refer some cases back to your Veterinary Surgeon for a clinical workup.

There is no “quick fix” to most behaviour problems. They require commitment and hard work from all involved with the patient, but the rewards we
see from this effort are often life-changing for the pets and their owners.

After the consultation, you will receive a full report and plan of action.
We will keep in touch by phone or email until you no longer require our support.


Head of Behaviour 

Wendy J Cummins MCFBA MAPDT 01414 

Wendy has over 25 years’ experience working with dogs and cats in the Veterinary and behavioural field. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a Registered Animal Training Instructor (ABTC) and full member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association. She holds amongst other certificates the BVNA Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour, the post-graduate Veterinary Nurse Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Advanced Instructors Certificate. Wendy has been on the committee for the British Veterinary Behaviour Association for several years which involves promoting gold standard behaviour training to fellow professionals and pet owners along with helping to organise behaviour talks for other professionals involved in this field of work from all over the world. She lectures to veterinary staff, university students and the public. She has published articles in the Veterinary Press. She regularly attends Behaviour seminars to keep up to date with the latest theories and research. Wendy has always had a keen interest in behaviour and training. She started off working with young horses, then moved into the canine field  having competed in obedience competitions with her own dogs.


The Training appointment will last 1-2 hours.
Some Behaviour problems will require follow up training appointments. We also offer this service to new pet owners to get them started with their new pet. This service is used for common problems such as:

• Getting the basics right
(Sit, Down, Recall, Stay)

• Jumping up

• Over excitement

• Pulling on the lead

• Recall problems

• Fear of the Vets

• Fear of Fireworks


Initial assessment to see if a full Behaviour Consultation is required


This is a 6 week course covering:

  • Basic Training – sit, down, stand, stay
  • Loose lead walking
  • Recall
  • Handling
  • Jumping up
  • Food manners
  • Teaching your dog to be left and to settle
  • Teaching your dog to leave
  • Doorway control
  • Play
  • Advice on mouthing, toilet training, socialisation, house rules and anything else you need.

The classes are run by APDT and ABTC qualified instructor, along with one of our experienced senior nurses. We only take 6 dogs in each class so book early to avoid disappointment.

Week one is a talk for handlers only (No dogs on week one).

We run classes on a Wednesday afternoon and evening and Saturday mornings.

All classes are held at our Almondbury surgery, the address is:

131 Somerset Road

If you send us an email we will forward all the details and an enrolment form.

Please email the Behaviour Team so that we can arrange a start date.


Referring vets and owners please phone:

01484 421512

for a call back from Wendy