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Pet and dog behaviourist, behavioural programmes

Pet behaviour (dog behaviourist, cat and bird) support based in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham covering the whole of Gloucestershire

If you have more complex issues with your anxious or shy dog or are having issues with your pet in general we offer the most effective, simple and kind advice to give you both the best support. This includes stooge sessions, a calm dog you can practice around. 

Helen and Tristan work as a team with most cases. 

Helen works part time mainly with dog aggression cases and agency referrals.

Tristan works with dogs that are anxious or frustrated around other dogs with mentoring and coaching for dog owners. 

– Behavioural support, more than training your dog

Our role as a dog owner’s coach and canine behaviourist is to advise and support you on improving your pet’s issues, making your life less stressful!

We work as a team on some cases, offering mentoring for owners who need a little confidence booster and providing the perfect set ups with calm stooge dogs or anxious dogs around people.

– Specialising with canine anxiety

The species of animals we have worked with include: dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and rodents. Although our main specialist area is helping owners of anxious or reactive dogs. 

– Help you to cope in real life situations! 

We do this by treating the underlying emotional issues, but also by helping you to take back control on walks, with the ability to cope in real-life, challenging situations.

We have successfully worked with local public figures, high profile businesses and have had several media appearances focusing on the area of behavioural therapy in exotics and our work with anxious dogs.

– Areas and issues we cover

We are Cheltenham based but cover the whole of Gloucestershire  (up to 12 miles from Charlton Kings with no extra charge for milleage) consulting only on very specialist behaviours including:

  • Abnormal repetitive behaviours (Helen only)
  • Fear based behaviours/anxiety
  • Inappropriate vocal behaviour
  • Phobias
  • Noise sensitivity (Helen only)
  • Multi-dog household issues
  • Avian, feline behaviour and exotics (degus, corvids, ferrets) 
  • Human aggression (Helen only initially if issue with men)

The foundation programme – 2 months of unrivalled support! 

Step 1 – your free discovery session

We invite you to have a free 15 minute phone discovery session, where we discuss your pet’s needs and for you to get to know me. It’s simple to book by following the contact details below.

Please book your free discovery call on: helen@socialpawscheltenham.co.uk

Step 2 – the initial consultation (including history taking, pre support and training therapy plans)

The initial consultation is the baseline session in which we build your bespoke training and behavioural plan; after all, nobody else can tell you what your ideal dog should be like.

We work only on a veterinary referral for behavioural issues, which is a simple form for you to sign including vet’s details and confirmation of a recent medical check up or booking prior to our session.

The consultation incudes preparation, history taking and liasing with your vet, so even before your first session you are fully prepped with some foundation stuff to get you started. This is then followed by a easy to digest therapy plan with some simple and effective tasks that can be completed in between sessions. 

Step 3 – the follow up sessions

Now that we’ve built the plan, it’s time to put it into action! We start out with *3 additional sessions. Please note for multi dog aggression maintenance programmes will be needed to see achievable results. 

Here’s your breakdown:

  • 1 to 1 coaching
  • 1 in person consultation session (aprox 90 minutes per session), so we cover every base
  • 3 additional 45 to 60 minute sessions (can be extended with our maintenance programmes, see above about shorter sessions for more anxious dogs)
  • Stooge/calm dogs on request to practice with (9 mile radious, unless you can travel to us)
  • Ongoing support via email/text/phone
  • To be taken within 8 weeks (although there can be a little flexibility)

*PRICE: from *£350 payment required prior to our first session (payment plans can be made available)

* ‘Love client’ discounted rate ❤️ for those ill or in hospital or referred by a rescue you rehomed from (please request on enquiry).

* When working with anxious dogs we may need to reduce the time if so we will happily give you extra sessions to make up the time

* Day rate distance work and overseas work also available, please request prices (starting from £550).

* Please note that due to qualifications and accreditations your dog insurance policy may cover the cost of my professional services, but this should be checked with your insurance provider first as policies vary. Payments are requested via bank transfer and payment confirms booking.

Monthly maintenance programmes (recommended after your foundation programme)

We always recommend our maintenance programmes so you can continue to meet on a two weekly or weekly basis and also benefit from ongoing support. (Rates apply within 20 miles, but clients are welcome to travel to Cheltenham).

From £150 a month

Cats, rescue cats (Helen only) or birds 

Similar to our anxious or reactive dog support but the programme is more bespoke to your pet’s needs. Helen specialises in corvid behaviour and anxious cats. 

Prices on request Price 

Please book your free discovery call on: helen@socialpawscheltenham.co.uk