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.
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 approximately 60 minutes.
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
DONALDSON’S VETS LIFESKILLS PUPPY AND JUNIOR DOG TRAINING COURSES
The course is held on a Wednesday and runs for seven weeks covering life skills such as:
- Basic Training – sit, down, stand, stay
- Loose lead walking
- Jumping up
- Food manners
- Teaching your dog to be left and to settle
- Teaching your dog to leave
- Doorway control
- Advice on mouthing, toilet training, socialisation, house rules and anything else you need.
The classes are run by Wendy, an 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. The fee is £63.50 payable to the surgery.
For week one all the classes come for 6pm to attend 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
Please contact Wendy using the form for the next available start date.