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Rodger Mugford The Company Of Animals Behavioral Therarpy and Training
|Rodger Mugford The Company Of Animals Behavioral Therarpy and Training
Fax: 01932 574281
|In 1979, I founded The Animal Behaviour Centre which specialises in the treatment of difficult and even life threatening behavioural problems.
Since its inception, the Centre has researched new techniques and equipment to train and control pets, taking the hassle out of dog ownership. Clients and their problem dogs are the testing ground for seemingly bizarre new products and concepts.
For instance, it was a combination of my back problems and a large, aggressive Irish Wolfhound called Ben who first inspired me to invent the first canine headcollar: the Halti.
The Company of Animals was born in 1984 as a way of marketing not only my inventions but a range of behaviour and training aids that really make a difference to the lives of pets and their people.
All products are tested at The Animal Behaviour Centre to ensure their effectiveness, quality and value for money.
In addition, I have a team of dedicated professionals who are here to help and advice you on any pet related problems.
Over the past few decades, the incidence of pet ownership has risen worldwide, with animals becoming increasingly recognised not only for their utilitarian qualities, but also as pets and invaluable companions in our homes and within our families.
As the popularity of pets has grown, this has prompted further research into the science of animal behaviour and psychology.
The Animal Behaviour Centre was founded in 1979 by Dr Roger Mugford, an internationally renowned animal psychologist, and has become the UK's leading centre for the treatment of behaviour problems in pets.
These problems can cover a diverse array of situations, including:
Coprophagia (the eating of faeces)
Dr Mugford and his colleagues only employ humane methods of conditioning and control, based on extensive research and a thorough understanding and assessment of the individual pet's needs.
The Animal Behaviour Centre is situated on a working farm near Chertsey, in Surrey. We have both indoor and outdoor secure areas, and a range of 'stooge' farm animals (such as cattle, sheep and chickens), dogs, cats and staff members who will assist in any way possible! Ample free parking is available on site.
Dr Roger Mugford
UK's leading animal psychologist, media personality and legal, expert witness in animal related issues.
Roger established the Animal Behaviour Centre in 1979. Behaviour consultations available at our centre or at home by veterinary referral.
Dr Candy d'Sa
Candy has been involved with wildlife conservation projects for several years, most notably working for the IUCN Canid Specialist Group, studying the behaviour of the wild and domestic dog family through both academic research and fieldwork.
She also specialises in domestic cat ecology and behaviour. Candy joined us 6 months ago, having completed her PhD and sees clients both at our centre or at home by veterinary referral.
Fiona Redworth APDT00273
Head trainer and behaviour specialist.
Fiona ran her own training and behaviour establishment in her home town of Lincoln for 7 years before joining us 2 years ago.
Fiona teaches pet dog training at all levels from puppy to adult, as well as agility, growl classes, private lessons and behaviour consultations.
Karen has worked at the centre for 15 years and is responsible for giving initial behaviour advice, booking appointments for clients and ensuring the smooth running of the clinic.
She runs the Puppy Playgroup which was founded in 1979.
Clicker training instructor and clinic administrator.
Sarah has achieved a certificate in advanced training and behaviour with COAPE and is an associate member of the APDT.
Sarah's particular interest is in clicker training for pet dogs and offers courses suitable for dogs of all ages and training levels. Sarah has worked at the centre for 2 years.
THE ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR CENTRE
01932 574271 or 01932 574281
THE COMPANY OF ANIMALS
Both The Animal Behaviour Centre and The Company of Animals are located at:
St Ann's Hill Road
|How do I arrange a consultation?
The first step to treating any problem behaviour in your pet is to consult with your veterinary surgeon, who should investigate and endeavour to eliminate any underlying medical or clinical cause.
He or she may then refer you to us, by using the referral form or by giving you a referral letter explaining the nature of the problem, and your pet's clinical history.
Please then telephone our Centre staff, who will advise you further.
Some behavioural problems are best dealt with in the animal's home environment, while others should be assessed at our Centre. A mutually convenient appointment time will then be arranged for us to meet you and your pet.
Telephone consultations are available for non-aggression cases if a meeting is impractical. Please complete the dog or cat history form and return it to us once you have arranged a referral from your veterinary surgeon. We will then contact you to book you an appointment.
What are our opening times?
Consultations generally take place within the hours of 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday and last for approximately two hours.
How much does it cost?
The fee will vary according to the complexity, risk and time involved, and any behaviour-related products that you may choose to purchase. Cash, credit cards and cheques are accepted, and many pet insurance policies will reimburse our fees. Help will not be denied to those unable to afford our normal fees.
What should I bring with me?
Along with your pet, we like to meet the other members of your family (including other pets) who are involved with the problem.
Please bring along any behaviour-related equipment you normally use, such as headcollar, muzzle, etc. Photographs of your home and/or video footage of your pet's behaviour can help us to understand the context and causes of the problem.
As our Centre is based on a farm and certain problems are better assessed outdoors, please dress according to the weather conditions. You are welcome to bring a camera if you would like to photograph your visit.
What happens next?
Following your consultation, you will receive a report reiterating the main points discussed, and the recommended programme of therapy. A copy of the report is sent to your vet, an important partner in the process of helping your pet. This will include details of any suggested medical investigations or treatment.
We then offer further support and advice where necessary, by telephone, or if required, a second consultation (although in most instances this is not necessary). Three months after your consultation, we will send you a follow-up questionnaire, to address any further questions you may have and to update us on the progress of your pet.
CLASSES & TRAINING
We offer a full range of dog training classes to suit the individual requirements of your pet, as well as private lessons.
These classes are available to dogs of all ages, from puppies (once fully vaccinated) to the older dog. Small, specialist groups focus upon management and include pet dog training, socialisation, aggression management and the ever-popular agility.
We believe that the way to show your dog how to behave is through kindness, fun and patience. We do not allow the use of punitive training methods or equipment such as choke chains. To ensure that you receive the maximum benefit, class numbers are restricted to eight (unless otherwise stated).
Aggressive dogs are not accepted into any class other than Growl Class, which is designed to help them overcome their problem.
Classes are held outdoors whenever possible to ensure that your dog learns to listen to you with all the distractions of being outside, and as we are based in a rural, farm setting there will be plenty going on!
So come along if you want to teach your dog in an environment where you can both enjoy yourselves and learn at the same time. Please telephone if you would like to book a place for you and your dog.
4 week socialisation course for pups under 18 weeks. Topics include supervised off lead play, handling exercises, inhibiting play biting, housetraining and much more. £20.00
8 week course in basic training for pups under 6 months of age at course start date. Includes sit, down, walking on a loose lead, stay , leave, recall and polite manners with other dogs and people. £70.00
Adult Pet Dog Training
Course content as for Puppy Training, for dogs above 6 months of age. £70.00
Class 2 & 3
Further 8 week courses in pet dog training, includes walking to heel off lead, distant control, scent retrieval and recall with distractions. Suitable for dogs who have already completed the Puppy Training or Adult Pet Dog Training course with us or have reached an equivalent level elsewhere. £70.00
Beginner Clicker Training
6 week course using a clicker to mark and shape desirable behaviours. For dogs of all ages to learn basic good manners and enjoy fun trick training. Maximum 6 dogs per course. £70.00
Advanced Clicker Training
6 week course of further training exercises for dogs who have completed the Beginner Clicker course with us, or have reached an equivalent level elsewhere. £70.00
4 week course in dog-to-dog aggression management and handling skills. Maximum 4 dogs per course. £80.00
To assist with specific training problems or for those who prefer individual tuition. £47.00 per hour at our centre, £58.75 per hour at home (house visits only available within certain radius).
ANIMALS IN COURT
Dr Mugford has developed a particular knowledge and reputation as an expert witness on animal law.
If you face challenges to do with civil liabilities over animal behaviour or criminal prosecution, such as the Dangerous Dogs Act, we will be pleased to help either directly or through your usual solicitor.
Even the most responsible of owners can face prosecution for their pet's misdemeanours and be liable for nuisance complaints over barking, injury to people or damage to property. You may be eligible for legal aid under such unfortunate circumstances.
For further information, please contact us.
St Ann's Hill Road
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