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Some of our most "Frequently Asked Questions" are below. Should you have any further questions or would like to make an appointment, please Contact SABS.

How long does it take??

Our behaviour consultations take anywhere from one and a half to three hours depending on your pet's problem. We want to get a full history before determining the best course of action, we spend time discussing the problem with you, and then providing ways to modify and manage the behaviour.

Can you guarantee the results??

No. In behaviour there are no guarantees. We can help you with many strategies to improve your pet's behaviour, but the outcome will depend on many factors including your commitment to working with your pet.

Why is seeing a behaviourist different to going to a dog trainer??

The focus of behaviour modification is very different from obedience training. A behaviour consultation is not a replacement for dog obedience training classes. While obedience training is still an important part of teaching your dog good manners, behavioural problems are not the same as training problems. Many highly trained obedience dogs still require a behavioural consultation as their problem is not related to training or lack there of.

How long before my pet is 'better'??

With many behavioural problems, the long term goal is not a cure, but rather management of the animal. There is no answer to the actual time frame that will be required. Our pets are constantly influenced by the world around them, and therefore their behaviour is constantly evolving.

Is there medication that will help??

In some cases, we do prescribe behaviour-modifying medications to help your pet better cope with their problem. There are no magic medications that 'cure' a behaviour problem, but we can help many of our patients by reducing their levels of anxiety. This provides a calmer animal that is better able to learn.

How do I make an appointment??

You can make an appointment by contacting our office via email or by phone.  Our staff will make a time that suits you.

Do I need to go to my vet first??

Although you do not need a referral from your vet to make an appointment, it is a very good idea to have your pet checked thoroughly before coming to see us. In many cases there can be underlying medical causes to the behaviour, and they will obviously need to be addressed to successfully resolve the problem.

In many cases a full blood profile is also recommended to rule out illnesses that may affect not only the animal's behaviour, but also their suitability for medication. With cases of elimination, both urinalysis and faecal examinations may be required.

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