Initial consultations are likely to be online. Online sessions are very helpful at the beginning (often reducing stress & pressure on pets & clients alike, & allowing for successful initial set-ups, and for us to talk without worrying about the pet's needs or comfort in the initial session). Online sessions work exactly like a face-to-face consultation (where our aim is information exchange, with the focus being largely on human learning - rather than working with pets initially). In advance of our session, I will ask for a lot of information from you, including a detailed behaviour form & videos, to help me help you. Online sessions are particularly useful for cat behaviour cases. We often aim to work with you in person following your initial or triage consultation, +/- arrange online catch-ups - depending on your pet's specific needs. I can consult online across the UK.
Working with you with you and your pet one-to-one, whether in person in contextual situations, or online, allows assessment of your pet’s normals, as well as concerning behaviours. This can include how pets live in their own environment & how they are in various contexts, and allows tailoring of an individualised plan to set you & your pet up for success, safety & better welfare. Following your initial consultation/triage appointment, it is common to follow on with practical training or behaviour modification sessions, and provision of ongoing support for you and your pet.
Individualised sessions (as opposed to group lesson) are essential for pets with behaviour problems. One-to-one can also benefit beginners in the learning of "life skills", and early life teaching (socialisation and habituation), i.e. for young puppies/kittens and/or newly acquired pets; also in the continuation or progression of learning for youngsters/adolescents/rescued pets; as well as when helping pets with problematic behaviours. When working with behaviour cases, this will be in conjunction with your vet as necessary. I love to work with people, your pets, & referring vet practices, & am a firm believer that "teamwork makes the dream work"!
As behaviour is dynamic, & often multifactorial, I offer blocks of 2-3 sessions initially (as opposed to the "one & done" style) - as experience has taught me that this best supports you and your pet; often there are layers to work through, as we focus on immediate concerns initially, then progress; and - in the majority of cases - follow-up assessment, advice and support is necessary.
What to expect from Inspiring Pet Teaching, and what does my fee include:
For your investment of time, commitment and fees, you can expect from Linda:
Training lessons or behaviour modification?
Training, versus behaviour, problems will be triaged based on the nature of the problem, the history received from you +/- on vet input - if in doubt, please just ask!
For more info on how to choose an ethical training professional, or how behaviourist’s fees are reached, please see links.
Whether working on training or behaviour cases, your first assessment/consultation will be broken down into 2 or 3 sessions (depending on your preference). Initially, we will spend some time talking (often online initially). We will begin by discussing your specific goals or issues of concern, and you will learn about your pet's behaviour, and training in general, thus helping you and your pet be successful together. An essential part of the process is your detailed history form, which will be sent to you to complete and return to me in advance of your first appointment.
In subsequent - often practical - lessons (which are always likely to be indicated, as training and behaviour change is a multi-step, layered process), you will learn how to set your pet up for success, often teaching them new skills, s/he will learn to learn with you, and we will progress towards your goal, tailoring lessons to your specific needs. Your involvement and input into the behaviour change/training process is essential (and - of course - there are no "quick fixes"!).
Please find our Pricing Structure Policy here.
Pet insurance claims for behaviour cases:
For behaviour cases (but likely not training cases), if you have pet health insurance which includes behavioural care, as you will be referred by your vet, most will cover my fees as I am an ASAB-accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist, & am also listed on the Animal Training & Behaviour Council's list of Clinical Animal Behaviourists. Please check with your individual company for their terms & conditions, as they apply to your pet. (Your fees are paid directly to me, then you may submit your claim for reimbursement, after our session[s].)
How do I book?
When you are ready to book, please let me know, & check availability, so as we can arrange a mutually convenient date and time to get started. Then, please return this brief online form (which includes paying a non-refundable/non-transferable administration deposit. This is not an additional charge, & will be subtracted from your fee [due at the time of booking, along with your full/detailed Registration-History form]).
I will then send you a Booking Confirmation Email. This will include a New Client Registration-History Form (to complete comprehensively and return); as well as payment details; +/- a Veterinary Referral Form (i.e. if your pet needs behavioural help and referral). This is all due at the time of booking, & requires some time, lots of detail & your input to complete. I will then review & collate everything in advance of us meeting, so as to be ready to help you & your pet.
Initial consultations take ~2-3 hours, depending on the nature of the case. Subsequent follow-up sessions may be online, in your home or “on location” in a third party space, depending on your needs. Follow-up sessions usually take ~0.75-1.25 hours - depending on the case. I see new cases on Monday & Wednesday mornings, & do follow-up sessions on Tuesdays & Thursdays mornings.
Prior to your appointment, you may find this information helpful.
NB! If your pet has any previous, pending or current legal proceedings, police investigations or orders, or your dog is subject to any conditions under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is vital that you disclose this in advance registering with me.
If you have further questions, please just ask: email@example.com - I shall be happy to help. And, for more info on Inspiring Pet Teaching, please visit www.inspiringpets.com, see our FAQs, and like/follow our Facebook &/or Instagram pages.
Last updated Aug '22
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Inspiring Pet Teaching, is owned & operated by Linda Ryan. I am an ASAB- accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (for cats and dogs), a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour, and a qualified animal trainer. I am an animal lover, & am passionate about helping pets & their people live their best lives together. I use only positive, evidence-based and ethically sound pet and owner education and training techniques, so as to set you and your pet up to get it right together. Welfare is always at the heart of what I do to help you & your pet. I will always work with you in a kind, empathetic, professional & respectful way. My aim is to help & support you & your pet.
I specialise in individualised behaviour consultations and training for dogs and cats. My focus is on tailored behaviour & training plans and support. One-to-one consultations and lessons are usually online initially, &/or at your home. They may also be at the vet clinic, or in suitable situations or locations - for example a hired venue, a third party location or public space, such as on a walk or in the open outdoors - depending the nature of your behaviour concern and on your pet’s needs.
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