Please complete the below form in order to begin the behavior consultation process. While we recommend coming to the shelter so that we can provide you with a wealth of information, off-site consultations can be accommodated for some clients for an additional fee. Ultimately, we will do what is best for you and your pet to help overcome the behavior challenges you both are facing. HSP only uses humane, positive-reinforcement based methods. Corrective, punishment-based training is not only ineffective, but potentially harmful to both you and your pet.
Please fill out the following questions as accurately as possible. This questionnaire is designed for both dogs and cats, so some questions may not apply to you and your pet. Please refrain from labeling your pet’s behavior and instead make objective observations to the best of your ability. For example, rather than stating, “My dog has separation anxiety,” write “My dog chews on my furniture when I leave, urinates in the crate and barks for hours.” This will aid us in determining exactly what is going on with your pet. Also, please be aware it is not atypical for us to request you take your animal to see your veterinarian. Many behavior issues are a result of underlying medical conditions and can easily be remedied with the appropriate treatment.
Disclaimer: Yes, this form is long and will take some time to complete. What is going to take even more time is working with your pet in order to improve their behavior, so we ask that you be committed to helping your pet be successful. After all, your pet did not develop their undesirable behavior overnight (and if they did, you should be talking to your vet!) so therefore your pet's behavior can't be modified overnight. Trust us, we wish it could be, but unfortunately magic wands are only found in Ollivanders.
What we do promise is to read every part of this form, make thoughtful and informed behavior modification plans and dedicate ourselves to helping you and your pet. HSP provides behavior plans based on positive-reinforcement and science-based methods and we enact these plans with the help of our certified behavior technicians, and of course, you!
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