If your animal is behaving aggressively, there are reasons for it. Generally, animals perform these behaviours to communicate fear, anxiety, and/or stress. Most behaviour issues are species-specific and unnatural. Left untreated, they can escalate disproportionately in terms of intensity and frequency.
Therefore, it is crucial to seek qualified professional help to assess the current conditions of the problem behaviours and develop full-spectrum clinical animal behaviour solutions using positive and science-based methods.
Most importantly, we must fully address the root causes of these issues and not only treat the symptoms on its own to maximise and protect the welfare of the animal and their guardians.
- Veterinary referral required from a licensed veterinarian
- A veterinary referral comprises of minimally a referral memo with clinical history and recent physical examination at the latest 1 month before the scheduled behaviour consultation. Additional medical staging such as general health profiles, complete blood counts, urinalysis etc. might also be required
- Initial behaviour consultation with complimentary assessment summary and 3 months limited email and telephone support
- Optional scientific reports with behaviour modification plans and sessions as advised
- Our methodology is behaviour management first. Then, behaviour modification alone, or deployed in conjunction with veterinary psychopharmacology second
Day & Time:
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10AM and 2PM
Client’s location, outdoor locations are permitted if vaccinations are completed.
- 1 up to three hours initial consultation, in-home mainland (postal sector 1-80 excl. sentosa) – S$1000
- 1 up to three hours initial consultation, in-home sentosa (postal sector 09) – S$1300
- behaviour modification sessions: ≥S$400/hour
- 2nd pet – +50% | 3rd pet on – +30%
- Must belong to the same household
- Behaviour issue must be correlated
- Simultaneous assessment in the same consult
- Written Scientific Reports:
- Behaviour Assessment Summary (1 page, 2-4 working days lead time): Complimentary
- Brief Behaviour Assessment Report (3-5 pages, 5-10 working days lead time): S$500
- Simplified Behaviour Modification Plan (1-2 pages)
- Complete Behaviour Assessment Report (6-10 pages, 11-15 working days lead time): S$800
- Comprehensive Behaviour Modification Plan (3-4 pages)
More About The Program
Published peer-reviewed research shows that up to 70% of behaviour issues are associated with medical causes (e.g., stress-induced aggression from Cushing’s disease, pain-induced aggression from hyperthyroid, etc.) For this reason, to proactively rule out any medical causes influencing behaviour, a veterinary referral is required at the latest 1 month before the scheduled behaviour consultation.
Consequentially, our behaviour clinic services are provided on a veterinary referral basis only. Please obtain a referral from your veterinarian or contact us for our veterinarian’s contact for a referral if you are interested in our services. Therefore, as it is noncompliant and unethical for any aspiring or current board-certified veterinary or animal behaviourist’s licensing requirements to accept cases without veterinary referral, we will not discuss or see any cases if you do not have one.
If your veterinary referral indicates that the behaviour issue is not likely to be medically related, we will begin with a Behaviour Consultation and Assessment to evaluate your animal’s behaviour problems and help you develop comprehensive behaviour solutions addressing you and your animal’s concerns.
Thereafter, if you may choose to obtain an assessment report detailing the behaviour problems and the solutions that we think are appropriate to manage or fix them. This comes with a personalised treatment plan which lists the number of sessions required to manage the behaviour or to get the problems to a level that you and your animal are comfortable with. Complete remission is possible but typically requires full commitment to the treatment plan.
During the treatment plan, results are constantly monitored to ensure that there is positive clinical progress towards the animal and human client’s goals. As the variables influencing animal behaviour are constantly changing, the course of actions will be adjusted accordingly.
Our Complete Behaviour Assessment Report includes:
- Background Information
- Presenting Problem(s)
- Clinical Assessment
- Treatment Plan
- Behaviour Management
- Behaviour Modification
- Veterinary Psychopharmacology
This program is suitable to tackle behaviour issues such as (non-exhaustive):
- Aggression or Reactivity towards People or Other Animals
- Shyness or Fearfulness
- Lunging, Growling, or Barking towards People or Other Animals
- Isolation Distress
- Separation Anxiety
- Resource Guarding
- Reactivity to Handling in Veterinary and Grooming Settings
Limited telephone and email follow up are included in the cost of the initial consultation for a total period of 3 months after the date of the consultation with regards to the same presenting problem.
If a follow up consultation or one-to-one session is required for the same or other presenting problems, either within or outside of this 3 month period, these will be charged separately from the initial consultation fee.
Veterinary Referral Instructions
As we are an animal behaviour clinic that provides services on a veterinary referral basis only, in order for us to see a dog or cat for a behaviour consultation, we need profile and history forms from the owner and referral form with relevant clinical history from the referring veterinarian.
- If you are a pet owner, please fill in the profile and history forms and print out the referral form for your veterinarian to fill up. You must also get your veterinarian to perform a physical exam and forward us all history pertaining to your pet.
- If you are a veterinarian, please perform a physical exam, fill up the referral form, forward us all history and get your owner to fill up the profile and history forms.
All forms can be downloaded below. Please complete and e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please title your e-mail as “[Vet Referral] Pawrus® Animal Behaviour Clinic: Behaviour Modification – Species, Client & Animal Name(s)”.
DOWNLOADABLE FORMS FOR PET OWNERS & VETERINARIANS (IN PDF)
- British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Canine Behaviour Questionnaire
- British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Canine Behaviour Profile
- British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA) Veterinary Referral Form
How Does It Work?
Step 1: Questionnaire/Profile & Veterinary Referral.
Begin by telling us what behaviour issues your pet is facing now by completing our intake, behaviour questionnaire and profile forms. Then, call your veterinarian and get them to complete our referral form with the relevant clinical history. Please e-mail these completed forms to email@example.com. If the preliminary diagnosis is that these behaviours are likely to be medically-induced, please work with your veterinarian closely for a solution. Conversely, if the behaviours are unlikely to be medically-related, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Behaviour Consultation & Clinical Differentials Assessment.
A primary and secondary survey is commissioned to obtain accurate background information to establish the specific circumstances surrounding the presenting behaviour problems. Brief or Complete Behaviour Reports are created with Treatment Plans, whenever applicable.
Step 3: Goal Setting & Baseline Determination.
Working closely with all relevant stakeholders in the behaviour modification process, we set common goals for the target behaviours under examination. The behaviour(s) under examination are observed, measured, and catalogued with qualitative and quantitative behaviour measuring tools (e.g. ethograms) in their presenting environment(s).
Step 4: Implementation, Monitoring & Adjustments.
The proposed interventions are implemented gradually in micro-phases or expeditiously in huge increments by a skilled trainer, behaviourist or behaviour specialist. This professional should have the expertise to observe and determine if the target behaviours have changed with regards to the original intentions of the treatment plan. If all developments are as expected, treatment should continue as planned. On the contrary, if unexpected deviations occur during treatment, all relevant stakeholders will be notified at once; and depending on the magnitude of deviation, the potential for reversals or re-assessments must be considered and can be enacted at any time.
Step 5: Concluding Behaviour Evaluation.
You and your family will learn all the cues that the puppy has been taught so that you are certain that your puppy settles into your home and your routine. You will also get tips on grooming, feeding, crating, continued house-training, and so on. During this process, we will begin on puppy-proofing your home. For example: Installation of baby gates to block access to off-limit areas. Hide electrical cords and other hazards. Safeguard plants and valuable furniture. All the stuff necessary to prepare your puppy for your new home, will be advised and accomplished.
Step 6: Living.
Generally, for treatment to be determined as a success, the goals of the relevant stakeholders and the conditions of target behaviours should be at equilibrium (‘homeostasis’) or as close to alignment as realistically possible. In best case scenarios, target behaviours would be set at a level where manageability and / or long-term remission have occurred. This assertion is usually cross verified through the observations and assessments conducted by multiple behaviourists or behaviour specialists on the case.
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