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FAQ’s

How an APBC Member Can Help You?

Where do APBC Members Conduct Their Consults?
Members can provide counselling in the way of home visits, phone/virtual consult or consultation in a clinic.

Are Remote Consults as Successful as Face to Face?
Yes. The behaviour counsellor will still take a history and observe the dogs behaviour using video and a virtual chat link. They will still be able to demonstrate the interventions required and will still support you through the training.

What Sort of Problems Can a Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors Help me With?
The range of behavioural problems exhibited in companion animals is varied, they include: aggression, destructiveness, toileting problems, marking, spraying, self mutilation, vocal behaviour, nervousness, car travel, livestock chasing and general control. The APBC can offer help with these and any other behaviour problems.

How Can a Member of The APBC Help me?
In the treatment of behaviour problems it takes time to establish cause and develop treatment plans that are suitable for the owners circumstances. The APBC represents a network of experienced counsellors who, on referral from veterinary surgeons, are able to offer the time and expertise necessary to achieve these objectives.

What Happens at The Time of Consultation?
Consultations are held on an appointment basis, either at one of the regional clinics or in your own home. They normally last 90 minutes – 2 hours, but will vary with each counsellor. If possible all family members involved should be present. A history of the problem will be taken and your pets temperament assessed after which the counsellor will explain the motivation for the behaviour and help you devise a treatment programme.

What Happens After The Consultation?
Treatment programmes vary according to the nature and severity of the problem. Further advice and after-care can be provided via the telephone, email, a follow-up appointment or different programmes a counsellor may offer for ongoing support. A report outlining the therapy will be sent to you and your veterinary surgeon.

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