What should I expect during my appointment?
An initial behavior consultation takes about two hours. During the first half of the behavior consult, Dr. Strickler will discuss the problem with you and ask more questions to clarify the problem. She will evaluate any potential medical contributions to the behavioral issue. She will observe your pet’s behavior and your interactions with your pet.
During the second half of the behavior consult, Dr. Strickler will review treatment options based upon her diagnosis and prognosis and then recommend an initial treatment plan that best fits you and your pet. This plan will include any medical recommendations and/or interventions, specialized behavior modification exercises, environmental modifications and cognitive and physical enrichment recommendations.
Dr. Strickler and her behavior technician will also demonstrate any training techniques that will be necessary to utilize at home and will work with you and your pet to begin training as prescribed.
You will receive preliminary written information and an individualized written treatment plan at the time of the consultation.
Follow-ups are conducted weekly by phone and/or e-mail after the initial consultation. If necessary, a recheck may be scheduled to further clarify or demonstrate any behavior modification techniques.
All family members (including children over the age of 5) and all pets involved in the behavior problem should be present at the consultation.