Behaviour & Training

We all want a pet who is happy and well behaved. The more you understand why your pet behaves the way it does, the easier it will be for you to train your pet and make them a happy and polite member of your family.

What affects pet behaviour?

  • Genetics. For example, dogs have an inborn desire to dig. Cats have an instinct to sharpen their claws on vertical surfaces. Rabbits naturally go back to the same place to toilet.
  • What pets have learnt from past experiences
  • The environment. For example, a dog with no shade in the backyard will be more likely to dig a hole to keep cool. A cat with a litter tray that is only cleaned once a month will use the pot plants as a toilet.

Problem behaviour or behavioural problem?

Behaviour Consults are a great way to teach your dog good behaviour. Behavioural problems may be a result of lack of training or breed specifics. However, it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!

How do Behaviour Consults work? 

Behaviour consults are booked at the Woodend Veterinary Centre, where reception details the problems that are experienced by the owner and their dog.  

In her extensive experience, Jennie Kyritsis has found that dogs will behave in various ways, depending on the breed (and the owner’s knowledge of how their chosen breed behaves) workload, (both physically and mentally) and prior training.  

Jennie communicates with the owner, ensuring she fully understands the depth of the problem and how best to approach the situation. The session includes talking with pet owners initially and observing the dog, followed by demonstrating relevant training techniques. 

Session Details  

The session will vary depending on the dog and what particular issue they are experiencing.

Duration: 1 hour sessions.

Where: Sessions are conducted in home (which is preferable as most initial training conducted in a familiar environment is far more beneficial). However, if requested by the owner, the session can also be held in the clinic.

 Price: $80 initial consult. $60 each consult after.

Who runs Behaviour Consults?

Behaviour consults are run by professional dog trainer, Jennie Kyritsis.

Jennie has been training working dogs for many years including livestock and her own farm dogs and has been training and competing in the obedience and agility ring for most of her life. She actively trains and competes in obedience and agility with her own dog Mika, and also currently instructs classes at a dog training facility. 

Jennie has completed many short courses in dog training and puppy pre-school training. She is currently studying a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training with one of the world’s most recognised Dog Training Companies - National Dog Trainers Federation of Australia. 

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