All instruction and advisement are based on the latest in animal behavior science. Keeping absolutely up to date on important science being conducted in animal behavior and cognition allows Sindar to do a superior job at improving animal mental health and solving all manner of behavior concerns. (Please see our “About Us” page for a summary of Melissa’s credentials.) For some clients (see below for details), we can also provide basic skills instruction utilizing techniques based on the LIMA approach (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) which maintains your animal's emotional wellness. Scientific study has shown that the outdated approach of punishment-first techniques erodes animal emotional wellness which leads to an increase risk or worsening of fear, anxiety, and aggression issues. Please note that you will typically need to perform 10 - 30 minutes of daily training for four or more weeks to best meet most behavior modification or skills training goals. No quantity or quality of protocols given can replace the commitment by the animal guardian to actually follow through on that instruction.
Behavior Consulting (any species)
At your home: 2+ hours
At the Sindar Kennel Facility: 2+ hours
Follow Up Sessions If Needed:
$45.00 at your home, neighborhood, or park
$25.00 at Sindar Kennel Facility
Phone Consultation: 2+ hours
EXAMPLES OF ISSUES BEST ADDRESSED BY A QUALIFIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOR CONSULTANT
These are not "skills-only," they have root in more complicated mental wellness issues:
EXAMPLES OF ISSUES THAT ARE TYPICALLY "SKILLS-ONLY" AND CAN BE ADDRESSED BY A QUALIFIED DOG TRAINER
These are issues to whom we only offer service to boarding clients, clients in which we have a previous relationship or people who have worked with dog trainers in the past but have not resolved the issue successfully.
Please contact us via the information on this website contact page to schedule a brief complimentary phone call to discuss the details of your case.