Behavioral & Training Services

A brief overview of some of the more common behaviors I work with, please note this is Not an extensive list. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are other behavioral problems you’d like to discuss:

AVIAN
Initial evaluation – to learn the history of the bird, generate idea of observable health, asses behaviors in need of modification, aggression levels and overall personality, etc. This is a requirement before I take on any case and will allow us to discuss treatment required, and generate an idea of what the duration might look like.

  • Difficult to handle birds
    • Fear of people
    • Minor-mild aggression towards people
    • Playing favorites among family members
    • Aggression towards other birds
    • Habitual fear – or perches, gloves, situations, particular objects etc.
  • Plucking
    • Feather plucking and other self mutilation
    • Plucking feathers of other birds
  • Undesireable behavior
    • Screaming prevention
    • Destructive behavior correction
  • Rescued exotics – non-releasable, difficult to handle/manage. Please be able to provide documentation that you are able to keep and care for rescued exotics (in this case exotics are defined as hawks, owls, crows/ravens, falcons or other large non-pet trade birds).  Work with exotics includes socialization work and some husbandry training.
  • Basic training - basic commands through advanced behaviors.

FELINE
Initial evaluation
– to learn the history of the cat, generate idea of observable health, asses behaviors in need of modification, aggression levels and overall personality, etc. This is a requirement before I take on any case and will allow us to discuss treatment required, and generate an idea of what the duration might look like. Please make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations so that I can reduce the risk to my personal pets.

  • Difficult to manage cats
    • Fear of people/specific family members
    • Minor-mild aggression towards people
    • Aggression towards other cats
    • Aggression towards other pets
    • Habitual fears  – being handled, particular sounds/situations/etc
  • Stray – Domestic transformations - intense socialization work – heavy time commitment from owner is required to be successful.
  • Problem behavior

    • Clawing & destructive behavior
    • Urinating outside of box (NOT Litter training)
  • Attitude adjustment/understanding/assessment – some cats have issues – within themselves and/or with each other.  In multi-pet homes in particular you often see a ‘pecking order’ among the animals. In multi-cat homes you may have very dominant or very submissive animals and everything in between. This can occasional lead to problems and undesirable interactions between your pets. I can work with you to try and understand the dynamic between your pets and if any adjustment or modifications can be made to improve the living situation.
  • Basic training - basic commands through advanced behaviors. Some cats are more open to this style of training than others, as is their nature.

EXOTICS / Wildlife rescue/rehab
Initial evaluation
– to learn the history of the animl, generate idea of observable health, asses behaviors in need of modification, aggression levels and overall personality, etc. This is a requirement before I take on any case and will allow us to discuss treatment required, and generate an idea of what the duration might look like. Please make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations so that I can reduce the risk to my personal pets.

  • Socialization – (covers fear and aggression responses)
  • Handling - basic through educational, if the animal were to be featured in outreach programs
  • Husbandry - Rescue/rehab animals in particular

Exotics are defined as any pet that is not a dog, cat, bird. Included in this category are some more common household pets like rabbits and chinchillas, as well as some less common pets such as wild mix cats and dogs, non-releasable wildlife or rehab animals, as well as wild animals bred for pet trade.


Petsitting services

I’m now offering petsitting as a service due to popular demand :) .

Petsitting services include:

  • Minimum of one hour spent socializing with your pet/day. This is independent of taking the pet out (in the case of dogs) or feeding time. If you would like more time spent daily with your pets I am happy to do so.
  • Basic daily care – feeding, taking out/cleaning litter, keeping pet-spaces clean, providing any medications as directed.
  • Basic training reinforcements – let me know in advance which commands you use with your pet in regard to training and I’ll make sure we work in some casual training reinforcement time to strengthen what they already know. (No change in cost!)
  • Advanced training services – Does your pet have a few trouble behaviors you want to start working on? Let me know in advance and I can start working with them while you’re away to get them familiar with new commands and reinforcements to curb/encourage the behaviors you don’t/do want to see – depending on what is requested, this may add additional time to my daily visits and may be treated as a small behavioral session. These services will affect the cost and vary on a case by case basis.

Specialty pet sitting services
In-home pet sitting: If your pet requires more constant care arrangements can be made for me to stay at your home or for your pet to stay at mine to provide more around-the-clock care. Contact me directly for pricing.

If you choose to have your pet stay with me while you’re away:
My kitten and parakeets have had both kitties and a puppy come to stay and have been fine, but I require that any pets staying with us have a clean bill of health, are up to date on shots, flea medications, and any behavioral problems are made clear prior to them arriving. I also request that your pet has a history of socializing with other pet and may request a mini “play-date” prior to your departure to ensure there will be no serious problems between our pets.

In-home (yours or mine) pet sitting – please contact me directly for pricing.

I require that all pets be up to date on their shots and vet visits. I am happy to care for ill pets, but require notice so I can take the necessary precautions to avoid transmitting anything to my pets at home.