Services

A range of pet species


Second Nature Behaviour help animals and the people that care for them better understand each other. As described below, there are different services available for different species, but you could also have a look at these example cases to get an idea of what it would involve. 

You can book an appointment online, or give us a call on 0121 299 0188.  Make sure you speak to your vet about a referral first.

Have  a question?  Have a look at our FAQ or drop us a line.


Dogs

Second Nature Behaviour can offer you and your dog years of experience in dealing with anything from simple training issues to serious canine behavioural disorders. Common behaviour problems found amongst dogs include:

  • Aggression both towards other dogs and people;
  • Separation problems;
  • Destructiveness;
  • Toileting problems;
  • Excessive barking;
  • Nervousness, fears and phobias;
  • Excessive territoriality;
  • Car problems;
  • Livestock chasing;
  • Self-mutilation.

Our most popular option is to have a home visit consultation package on referral from a veterinary surgeon. This includes a dog training manual and a tailor-made treatment plan, followed by at least two follow-up visits. 6 months’ telephone and email follow-up support is included following our last face-to-face appointment. Prices for our home visit consultations are dependent upon the travel zone you are in from us - contact us to find out.

You could alternatively come to one our behaviour clinics with your dog, which is a more affordable, but not as thorough an option.


Cats

Cats are sensitive beings, who can become easily stressed to changes in their home and/or local neighbourhood environment. Common behaviour problems found amongst cats include:

  • Toileting including spraying and marking;
  • Aggression;
  • Problems between cats in the same household;
  • Problems with other cats in the neighbourhood;
  • Excessive vocalisation;
  • Self-mutilation.

The best option for most cat behaviour problems is a home visit 2 hours' consultation on referral from the veterinary surgeon. This includes a tailor-made report sent to you after the initial consultation, as well as 12 months’ telephone and email follow-up support, plus a free follow-up clinic appointment. Prices for our cat home visits are dependent upon the travel zone you are in from us - contact us to find out. 

Some cat behaviour problems can initially be discussed at our behaviour clinics (without your cat), but chat this through with us first by giving us a call on 0121 299 0188.


Parrots

Pet parrots are susceptible to a wide range of behaviour problems, from aggression to household members and/or each other, to anxiety, excessive vocalisation, self-mutilation and boredom. Depending on the particular species, this can be due to a range of factors. Psitaccines are very sociable and intelligent creatures, so problems such as feather-plucking may arise from either an environment lacking in stimulation and companionship, or even a far too busy environment.

Second Nature Behaviour can offer expert advice on how to resolve such issues through a full avian behaviour consultation by visiting your home. Dr. Zoe Demery has published widely and talked about parrot behaviour and learning around the world. She only utilises positive, reward-based solutions, based on what is known about the ecological background of your particular parrot species. This ethological approach keeps the cognitive well-being of your bird in mind at all times. Prices for our parrot home visits are dependent upon the travel zone you are in from us. If you would like more information, please contact us and ask your avian vet for a referral.

Depending on the issue, you may instead be able to join us at one of our monthly regional behavioural clinics, but this would be without your bird. It often helps just chat things through with us face-to-face. Alternatively for our international clients, we offer online video consultations.


Other species

We are experienced in range of species, including small furries, reptiles and birds. Second Nature Behaviour can help you understand your pet's behavioural needs, subtler communication cues and resolve any issues that you may be having with each other. We offer home visits, clinics, one-to-one training sessions and general enrichment advice for different species. The key is to reduce your pet's stress levels, which will in turn greatly reduce your own!

For instance, different rodents have different social structures in the wild, which means they each have different behavioural needs in the captive environment. They also have distinctive sensory abilities, which give them a unique perspective on the world, which we humans can only begin to imagine. Nonetheless, rodents are all essentially prey animals, which means - whether they are hamster, rat, guinea pig, chinchilla, or rabbit - in captivity they often exhibit similar behavioural problems, related to the their constant drive to be vigilant against predators approaching from above or behind. This includes aggression, destructive behaviour, fur plucking and urine spraying.

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