Do you have a dog or cat with behaviour problems? Have you taught your pet the basics but just not sure how to take that next step with your training? Then book a consult with Dr Emma Vermeeren from Animal Behaviour Coaching whilst she visits the Island from the 1st – 5th of May 2020.
Many of you may remember Emma, Deb and Greg’s daughter, who is now a veterinarian and certified dog trainer practicing in Keith, SA. Emma is passionate about educating pet owners and ensuring that everyone has ready access to the most humane, up-to-date, and scientifically proven training methods. Emma also has experience and further education in diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with behavioural issues, including phobias, anxiety, and aggression.
Emma visits the Island several times a year to conduct veterinary behaviour consultations and one-on-one training sessions, as well as to update the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic team on their behaviour knowledge and skills. Referral to Emma is recommended for more complex behaviour cases. Emma works closely with the local team to ensure you and your pet receive the best care possible. If you are having problems with vocalisation, anxiety, separation distress, aggression, house soiling, phobias (eg noise, storms), fixations/compulsions, or handling then a Behaviour Consult (for either dogs or cats) is the service for you.
We do not have a dog trainer on the Island, and as such we are extremely fortunate that Emma is also a qualified dog trainer. Having Emma visit periodically ensures our pets can receive great quality training without leaving the Island. Common dog training issues include pulling on the lead, excitement at the front door, jumping up, mouthing, digging, not coming when called, not settling, and inappropriate barking. If you are experiencing any of these training issues with your dog, or are unsure how to advance or teach certain behaviours you are wanting to work on, then Assisted Behaviour Coaching is the service for you.
Emma has also assisted the Vet Clinic team deliver puppy classes for the past 6 years. Our practical classes are currently not running due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, we have teamed up with Emma and Animal Behaviour Coaching to deliver an online-only puppy training course. We recommend that ALL puppy owners attend this course to ensure you are starting your puppy off on the right paw. We guarantee you will learn something new, even if you have attended training classes before. If you have a puppy between 6 weeks and 6 months of age, A Beginner Course for Dogs Online is the service for you. Use the coupon code KIVET at checkout to receive $29 off the already discounted price.
Visit www.animalbehaviourcoaching.com.au or call Emma on 08 8755 1732 for more information about any of these services and to make a booking.
Here’s what others have to say about Animal Behaviour Coaching:
“Emma is brilliant! We started seeing Emma after our little dogs anxiety was so bad he was vomiting regularly and constantly at the vets! We were so devastated and at an absolute loss as to what to do with him he was miserable and so sick. Emma helped us so much implementing new ideas to help Clarke and reading his signs to know when he was getting anxious. We now have our playful puppy back! Her knowledge is incredible, I couldn't recommend Emma enough!” ~Tess
“I Would definitely recommend doing the ‘Beginner’s course for dogs’. I have never owned a dog before so I was quite anxious about how I was going to cope with training and learning for both myself and my dog. After joining the course with Emma, I was able to get knowledge and deeper understanding of my puppy’s body language and his needs. Emma put together a fantastic slide about the course with lots of helpful information which was well written, presented and explained. Emma is a great instructor, very helpful and encouraging. My puppy and I have definitely learnt so much!” ~Ashley
“Emma’s animal behaviour service has made such a positive impact for mine and my dog Mia’s life. When I first met Emma with Mia, she was extremely anxious, she was visibly always nervous at home, she was lunging and barking at my partner, we couldn’t go on walks where there might be other dogs around (even when harnessed) and now, after consultations with Emma, and lots of hard work on Emma and Mia‘s part, my sweet dog is so much calmer around the house, she doesn’t lunge or try to bark and bite at strangers and she enjoys her walks around town. I’m so glad my local vet recommended Dr. Emma, I have no idea what we would have done without her!” ~Ali