It takes a Village
Be it a message, an email, a Facebook support group, an enquiry whenever people ask for help with their Dogs we have to work as part of a multidisciplinary team for lack of a better word, for your dog.
This isn't to cost you as much money as possible or help our friends and colleagues to have work.
This is because your dog isn't a number and is an individual.
For example, lots of people enquire about classes for behaviours that cannot be worked with, within a class setting.
This is because within a class setting we have a lesson plan, this lesson plan has been created to meet the needs of several dogs and each owner has paid an amount for that class.
So following a lesson plan we can ensure all of the Dogs have their own time to be supported and we can visually see what is happening and support as needed. Everyone is able to participate and have fun.
When classes get broken down into individualised questions these can only be answered in a rushed way, it's a class and there isn't time nor is their the opportunity to do a behavioural referral.
This is why we have to have one to one's for specific behavioural advice and behaviour modification.
And we need to understand the why of the behaviour, the why of the behaviour can be medical, which is why we need a vet to examine your dog first. Because if the behaviour is medical no amount of behaviour modification will change the Dogs behaviour.
We may then find that your dog needs further support from a Canine Chiropractor who may recommend working with a Hydrotherapist too.
You may be given specific protocols which need to be communicated to your Dog walker and dog sitter if you utilise them. You may find your dog walker and dog sitter need to give feedback to the Trainer or Behaviourist or both depending on who your working with.
You may find your Behaviourist wants you to work with a Trainer or your Trainer refers you to a Behaviourist or a Specialist.
This is all because your dog is an individual and as soon as you step into our care, wheels turn in motion so that your dog has the greatest care and success with behaviour modification as possible whilst you the dogs guardian are also supported.
So don't be surprised that when you enquire about your dog, you suddenly find yourself supported by a multidisciplinary team who all care about your individual dog!
(Image description: cream background with the text in the right hand middle of the screen with Black text with white stroke which reads "It takes a Village to holistically support a dog"
To the left is a woman with dark blonde hair, in a pastel red blouse, with grey trousers and her arms folded, with a fluffy white, brown and caramel Jack Russell sat in front of her.
Under her on the bottom left of the corner is a woman with purple hair two tone, in a purple hoodie, blue jeans, black trainers, sat in a Wheelchair holding a Clicker with a black and white Collie sat next to her panting.
Second to the left is a woman with grey hair in pigtails, her hair is grey and blueish, she is wearing a black full body wetsuit with dark blue patches. She has a golden retriever sat in front of her. The Golden Retriever is an orange and gold colour and is very fluffy and is panting.
Second to the right is a man with blonde hair with a lab coat over a pastel green shirt and blue trousers with white shoes. With a Wolfdog panting sat in front of him. He is brown, dark grey and cream.
In the right corner is a man sitting with a Wolfdog. He has black hair with green highlights, he is wearing an orange t-shirt with black baggy trousers and high top trainers that are white and grey with green laces. He is stroking a Wolfdog sat next to him. The Wolfdog is in a sit pretty pose, with tongue hanging out, brown in colour with a white chest and a black dipped tail and darker brown on the face).