Stephanie is able to combine her knowledge and skills as a Canine Behaviour Counsellor with her current and past roles as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, further and higher education lecturer, author of numerous training manuals and a PR officer. This enables her to provide a range of behavioural services including development of training materials, tailored seminars, workshops and CPD sessions and as a consultant to those requiring canine behavioural advice in a professional setting.
Regrettably Stephanie is currently unable to accept any new behaviour cases. If you are looking for behavioural advice, your vet should be able to refer you to an appropriately qualified Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Accredited trainers and behaviourists can also be found on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council website. The follow up service to existing clients is unaffected.
Example case - Rufus
My own dog Rufus (pictured right) needed some behavioural therapy recently. A few months ago we lost his long term companion, Amber (pictured above). Amber was the reason I entered the behavioural world and over the years she taught me more about dog behaviour than any book ever could. Now it was to become Rufus' turn to need treatment. Although he accepted the loss of Amber quite well whilst I was at home, when I had to leave him he started to get distressed. He would follow me around at the first sign I was about to go and started to howl once I had left the house. His howling would go on for quite some time before he finally settled to rest. I started by allowing him some time to come to terms with the fact that Amber wasn't coming back, during which he was left alone as little as possible. I then started a programme to gradually help him get used to being on his own. Through use of a webcam I was able to observe his behaviour when I wasn't there and tailor the programme to his specific needs. He stopped howling quite quickly, but the real breakthrough came when he started to lay down and go to sleep. Only then could I rest easy that he was OK when I had to go out and leave him alone.