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Behaviour

Providing premium behaviour consultations

Hazel Shimmin MSc, KCAI(CD), CAB

  • Hazel is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and a full member of the APBC and registered as a CAB with the ABTC
  • MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Newcastle University
  • Hazel is a qualified Dog Trainer and Behaviourist (with The Kennel Club)
  • Over 15 years’ experience working as a Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, both self-employed and now full time at Holly House Vets / Ark Referrals
  • Qualified Teacher - With over 20 years’ experience as a Senior Lecturer in a University Centre teaching Animal Welfare and Behaviour
  • Qualified Riding Instructor with the British Horse Society 

Cases for Referral Include

  • Behaviour Consultations
  • Home One-to-One Dog Training
  • Puppy Classes
  • Talks for New Puppy / Kitten Owners
  • Puppy Home Visits
  • Advice
  • CPD Sessions

Behaviour Consultations

Following a pre-visit questionnaire, clients will receive a 2 ½ hour home consultation, written behaviour modification plan and follow up support via phone/email.

Consults are available for both dogs and cats*, covering a range of issues:

  • General anxiety, fear and phobias (sonophobia)
  • Separation anxiety
  • Excessive behaviour
  • Repetitive/compulsive/stereotypic behaviour
  • Aggression e.g. Resource guarding, territorial, reactivity on walks etc.
  • Inner cat aggression
  • Managing multi cat households
  • House soiling and marking

Cost (per session) Dogs £275 and Cats £195 Further visits charged per session at Dogs £100 and Cats £90**

*Referral available following initial consult with referring vet.

**Cost likely to be covered by clients insurance, please request client to check policy details.

Home One-to-One Dog Training

Helping clients resolve a range of training issues including:

  • Pulling on the lead
  • Recall
  • Boisterous/attention seeking behaviour
  • General control/obedience training

Home visit: £50 per hour*

*training will not be covered by client's insurance policy

Puppy Classes

Covering basic puppy training, socialisation, habituation to practice and procedure and puppy confidence exercises.

6 week course, Sunday AM: £70 - this also includes a copy of our Puppy Booklet 

You will have the opportunity to achieve The Kennel Club's ‘Good Citizens Puppy Foundation Certificate' 

Talks for New Puppy / Kitten Owners

Held in your practice or via telephone, a 2 hour talk for new owners, cover the below topics for puppies or kittens:

Puppies

  • Puppy management
  • Care
  • Handling
  • Socialisation
  • House training
  • Bite inhibition and more…

Kittens

  • Discussion about normal feline behaviour
  • Care
  • Handling
  • House training
  • Locations and access to resources
  • Management of multi-cat households

Cost: £20 per person

Puppy Home Visits

One to one session, will provide clients will an opportunity to ask questions that may not be addressed in vaccination or nurse appointments.

Sessions will be client led but will cover topics including:

  • General care
  • Socialisation
  • House training
  • Bite Inhibition
  • Jumping up
  • Basic training 

Cost: £70 for 1 ½ hour session - this also includes a copy of our Puppy Booklet 

*Available for puppies up to 6 months old.

 

Advice

General dog and cat behaviour advice

Including:

  • Pre-purchase advice for puppies and kittens or rescue animals
  • Simple behaviour issues

Telephone/remote consultations, cost: £45 per session*

* If a full behaviour consult is indicated, £45 will be discounted. 

CPD Sessions

CPD session, for your clinical team!

Bespoke CPD sessions covering all aspects of behaviour and training specially tailored for Vets, nurses and receptionists. Sessions options include:

  • Lunch and learn held onsite or remote
  • 1 day behaviour courses
  • 2 day course for nurses running puppy classes for clients
  • Or bespoke sessions covering practice specific topics

Costs vary, please contact Hazel on 0113 236 9030 to discuss your individual requirements.

To discuss or refer a behavioural case, please contact Hazel on 0113 236 9030 or fill in our referral form.

Benefits of Behavioural Support
Read Lennie's story

What our clients say

"Hazel has given us fantastic support with our puppy, from basic training to help with challenging behaviour.  She showed us very practical training techniques that were easy to follow, whilst also helping us to understand what our puppy was thinking and feeling and how we needed to adapt our own behaviour to help him feel safe and develop.  Hazel’s approach is both practical and compassionate: her primary concern was the welfare of our dog, but she also understood how we felt as first-time dog owners dealing with challenging puppy behaviour.  We can’t praise Hazel highly enough. And our puppy absolutely loves her!

Thanks again for your support. We couldn’t have done it without you!"

March 2021*****

"Hazel gave me a lot of confidence in what I was doing with Nala, she was friendly and relaxed finding out what I wanted to know, while giving advice about how to manage my puppy. The session was not rushed and I felt that I came away with training advice that has been invaluable."

February 2021*****

"Hazel's support with our puppy has been invaluable. We initially asked for her help as our puppy appeared anxious and we were struggling to leave him alone. Hazel visited our home and gave us guidance and practical tips that we could implement straight away, having almost immediate impact. 

A couple of follow-up visits have benefitted us greatly with knowing how to handle our puppy whilst out on walks. We would highly recommend Hazel's services."

February 2021*****

"Hazel's approach to training made things a lot easier for us as well as Sushi to learn what she should and shouldn't be doing. Things have improved so much since we had our sessions. Everything she did to help us train Sushi was very clear to us and easy for us to replicate."

February 2021*****

"2 weeks before Bonfire Night, Hazel came to visit our family dog, Jarvis, due to his fear of fireworks. Hazel gave us some techniques to cope but even though we did not have much time to prepare before Bonfire Night itself, an improvement in Jarvis was visible. We continued with the training and saw an even bigger improvement by New Year's Eve."

February 2021*****

"I asked for help with training my 3 year old lurcher, Poppy. I had been finding her difficult to take out and let off lead as she was roaming far and wide and barking randomly at people at any time. Hazel has had a few sessions with us, and I feel like we have learned a lot. She has shown me how to keep Poppy's attention, how to re-engage with her and most of all she has helped me to understand when Poppy is nervous and how to help her more fully. She has shown me how to make sure that Poppy is always under control. 

I feel like I have learned a lot from Hazel and especially things that I had no picked up from the many general dog training classes we have taken. I have been delighted to have been working with Hazel, it's really made a difference to my confidence and understanding. Poppy is paying more attention to me and improving in her response to recall and interation. 

February 2021*****

"I struggled to get my hyperactive pup to calm down and listen to commands. I tried lots of different techniques from the web and had little to no success. I'm so happy I contacted Hazel - my dog's behaviour has improved massively after only 2 sessions! The sessions are tailored to you and you are shown exactly what to do. Toby's getting better and better, walks are far more enjoyable with him. I highly recommend Hazel for anyone that's having training issues to go for this, you won't regret it!"

February 2021*****

Hazel has been working with our puppy Ralph and us since he was 12 weeks old.  

As first time puppy owners, Hazels advice and support has been invaluable. We really feel Ralph has benefited hugely from his training. Hazel's advice is practical and realistic, but also fun and Ralph absolutely loves his training sessions.  

Each session we have so many questions which Hazel always patiently answers. Although the practical training tips are very useful, the reassurance we receive that our puppy is 'normal' is also really important!

I would highly recommend Hazel to anyone who is thinking about getting a pup! 

March 2021*****
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