‘Animals are learning 24 hours a day, in all situations. We have an
important responsibility to ensure those experiences are beneficial for
the animal in order to fully understand the world it lives in
Whether you want to train a Komodo dragon, a fish, penguin or dog – all
species operate under the same learning principles as you and I. Provide the right
communication, correct motivation and establish a strong, trusting bond
with an animal and you have the ingredients to successful animal
Jade uses humane, scientific based behavioural interventions to reduce specific behaviours that
are undesirable, while simultaneously promoting new behaviours and
skills that are desirable. She will provide management strategies and
develop skills and interventions such as social/behavioural training,
enrichment and desensitisation.
We can help you achieve a greater understanding of your pet and the
needs that they have by providing in depth information on body language, psychology and learning styles. Whether you have shared your life with pets for
many years or are just starting out, there are no limitations with
using operant conditioning techniques to interact with your animals.
Jade will visit you and your pet in your own home for a private
consultation. She will take a full history and assess your pet's
management, lifestyle, current training and talk through any problems
you are experiencing.
She will then work with you to create an effective behavioural
management programme, tailored to suit both you and your pet’s
individual circumstances. In many cases, issues can be resolved after
one consultation with small changes in management and training. Other
problems may need follow-up consultations and retraining to solve
The initial consultation takes around 2 hours which will include advice
and practical training with you and your pet where appropriate. You
will subsequently receive a full written behavioural report of the
assessment including any management and training programmes. Email and
telephone support is available throughout the process.
Animal Behaviour Matters provides a service to assist in matching you
with the perfect life partner from beginning through to happy ending.
Jade will arrange a time to discuss your expectations and goals for
owning your new pet and what you are looking for, then accompany you
through the adoption process and assist the settling in period.
Whether it’s your first pet or an additional companion for your current
pet, it’s vital that you make the right decisions in choosing a new pet
for your individual family and lifestyle circumstances. The pet you
choose is a friend for life, so it is important you can come to a
decision on the appropriate breed, size and personality of your new
family member to have a happy outcome.
Jade can guide you through the whole process, from planning the type
and breed of pet to select, buying the appropriate equipment and
facilities to arrange prior to your new additions arrival through to
accompanying you to shelters or assisting you to locate reputable breeders to
suit your needs. Following the arrival of the new family member into
your home, she provides guidance, support and advice on behavioural
problems which might arise and a behavioural management plan to prevent
these from occurring.
Getting a second dog can be a difficult task. Many attempts at adopting
a companion for an already established family dog end in returning of
adopted pets to shelters as the match just doesn’t work out. Finding
the right match for your dog on the first go is therefore important for
the adoptee and your current family pet. Adding additional dogs can be
an exciting but stressful period for everyone in the family. We can
help that make that transition smooth.
Adoption Guidance Package
Includes 1 counselling consultation to discuss your needs, up to 2
accompanied trips to the shelter to look for your new friend and assist
in choosing the pet, ongoing guidance and training for two weeks post
adoption. Discounted training and consultations sessions in the future.
Private Training Sessions
Private training sessions tailored to your needs either in the comfort
of your home or at a location of your choice. All training is
accomplished using rewards based methods in a clear, consistent manner.
We can incorporate:
- Trick training
- Lifestyle training
- Healthcare training (nail
trimming, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning, grooming), crate training.
Travel expenses based on mileage are applicable for in-home visits.
Educational talks and seminars can be arranged upon request on a range of animal management, welfare and behaviour topics. Jade provides tailored talks for Dog Training Clubs, Dog Interest Groups, Local Government and Councils, TAFE Students, Animal Training Groups and private/corporate groups.
Jade is available for comment for Television, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine and Web-based media on a range of animal behaviour and training topics covering domestic, wild and captive animals.