Behaviour Health and Welfare Seminars for Staff
With 30 years experience as a general small animal veterinarian, Dr Bob has a wealth of practical knowledge of pets and their owners. He can train staff to recognize basic health or disease problems, basic behavioural problems and indicators of compromised welfare.
Council Rangers often deal with difficult situations. Dr Bob spoke at a number of National Urban Animal Management Conferences in the early 2000s. He prepared a number of Strategic Companion Animal Management Plans for local Councils to help prioritise work flow and respond to public issues with companion animals. He has also been conducting Declared Dangerous Dog and Restricted Dog Breed Temperament Assessments for more than 15 years.
Seminars can be 1-3 hours and involve practical and theoretical learning. Information is presented in an understandable format and is guaranteed not to induce sleep-like states!
‘How to Interrupt and Redirect Barking Dogs’ Seminars
Barking dogs represent up to 50% of complaints to local councils. Often owners are not aware that they a dog that barks while they are out until an irate neighbour confronts them or puts an abusive letter in their mail box.
Dr Bob has done over 1900 home-visit animal behaviour consultations over the last fifteen years. Each one involves investigating the household dynamics and how best to manage the presenting problem. As in human mental health, their are no guarantees or quick fixes. Problems can be better managed if people understand their dog’s behaviour, health and welfare needs.
There are many misconceptions about Anti-Barking Devices. For example, Anti-Barking Collars actually compromise animal welfare as they are punishment based. Helpful friends often suggest severe management methods that do not interrupt and redirect the problem behaviour in a safe and humane manner.
Workplace Health and Safety with Pets
Council Rangers are often required to catch and impound animals that are extremely anxious and potentially aggressive. Safe Animal Handling Skills have to be practised every day so that when a serious situation arises it is approached with confidence and an awareness that when threats escalate, back-up is essential. A calm controlled ‘teacher’ voice and regular deep breathing are certainly advantageous.
All staff that deal with companion animals in a hands-on or respond to owner requests need to understand basic animal behaviour, health and welfare. Dr Bob can also explain why some owners have an overly protective manner around their ‘companion animal’ and how to manage this scenario.