Struggling with your dog’s behaviour?

Behaviour Assessment

Our Behaviour Consultation is tailored to help you and your dog through specific, intense behaviour challenges.

This is up to 90 minutes. In person (if safe to do so), assessment with Lucy Aalders Head behaviourist @ Leaps and Hounds.
During your first session, we will go through the challenges you currently have with your dog, the history of this and how to
practically begin to make positive changes.

Areas discussed during the session include:

– Current situation with your dog: including any challenges, difficulties, sensitivities etc.
–  Your goals and aims for attending training or behaviour support.
– Solutions and Training Tools to address yours and your dogs training needs.
-Full history of your dog, taking into account breed type, age, genetics, current and past living situations.
– Any health considerations that are relevant, such as a medical history, recent neutering, injury or illness.

– Observations of your dogs posture, movement and gait, choices and behavioural strategies.
– Current lifestyle including sleep, diet, daily activities and any adaptions or changes to make to these
– Relationships and communication within the family or outside of the family.
– Safety and management where relevant for challenging behaviour.
– Understanding more about why your dog does what he does and how the right changes in the right place can help
you and your dog to feel better and more relaxed.

You will also receive practical advice and training techniques during the session, plus email notes within 72 hours, to support
what is covered and give you a plan to follow.


This initial assessment costs £95


Struggling with your dog’s behaviour?

Behaviours of Concern

  • Destruction/howling/barking in the home
  • Guarding of items/areas/people inside and outside the home
  • Distress when left alone
  • Sensitive/over-reactive towards other dogs or humans or things in the environment
  • Extreme sensitivity to noise/movement
  • Overly excitable, inability to calm down/settle
  • Obsessive/abnormal repetitive behaviour
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How We Work


Initial Contact

In response to your initial contact, you will be sent a questionnaire to fill out and return. You will also receive a phone call to gather some initial information and to book your assessment. You may be asked to send appropriate videos/photos of your dog and/or your home.

This call will take between 10 and 20 mins.


Initial Assessment

This is either a remote session (phone/Zoom) OR an in-person at our training venue.

Depending on the challenges you have will determine if in-person is appropriate. The assessment takes between 70 – 90 mins. The aim is to expand your understanding of your dogs behaviour and make more detailed observations in order to support moving forward.

You will be given direct advice on areas such as management, lifestyle, practical techniques that support helping you and your dog feel better and safer.

Any relevant notes, handouts or advice will be sent via email where necessary. Note-taking is encouraged.


Further Coaching Sessions

The initial behaviour assessment should provide you with the skills and understanding you need to move forward, in some instances, it is appropriate/helpful to have some further support to make progress.

These coaching sessions aim to have a more practical element of coaching you in a relevant environment. This may be out on a walk for instance. As well as further discussion and problem solving around the behaviour challenges.

Coaching sessions typically last approx 60 mins.

All further coaching sessions are charged at £75 per hour.