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Behaviour Referral Service

Karen Bachell RVN, BSc (Hons), PGCert, MAPDT

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From experience as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and in line with best practice, I consult with a client's Veterinary Surgeon and request a clinical history before the initial consultation for behavioural issues. Following the initial and final consultation, I provide referring Vets with a summary report to keep you and your client's records up to date.

The Outdoor Dog specialises in reactivity issues, however, we can help clients within indoor issues too. Behavioural problems can make life with a dog very challenging, stressful and even embarrassing for your clients. I can help owners solve and manage their dog's behaviour so they can enjoy indoor and outdoor life together again!

"Obama was extremely reactive to dogs. After working on building his confidence he greets and plays with dogs with no problems and I can easily call him away from dogs he seems wary of. 

It's honestly like having a new dog."

Rosie with Obama the Chihuahua

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Your clients & patients deserve the best

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Unfortunately, the dog training industry is unregulated meaning anyone can call themselves a trainer or behaviourist. This was highlighted in the Veterinary Times in an article titled 'Behavioural referrals - who to choose'.

I have spent many years gaining what are considered to be the most important qualifications within the industry to ensure my knowledge is up-to-date and of the highest level. After all, your clients and their dogs deserve the best!

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • BSc Honours in Veterinary Nursing

  • PGCert in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Edinburgh (2021)

  • Distinction in Dog Training at the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology

  • Karen Pryor Academy Dog Professional Programme

  • Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner

  • Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer

  • Victoria Stilwell Academy Facility Advisor

  • Member of The Animal Behaviour & Training Council

  • Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainer

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Karen Bachell

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How I can help

  • I listen to a client's concerns and goals.

  • I identify underlying motivations for the inappropriate behaviour.

  • I advise clients on how to manage their dog's behaviour to reduce stress and the rehearsal of unwanted behaviours.

  • A behavioural modification programme will be put in place to alter the dog's perceptions and emotional response to triggers, which alters behaviour, reducing reactions.

  • At all times the patient's (and owner's) emotional welfare is safeguarded with all programmes tailor-made to set all parties up for success.

  • Positive reinforcement, force-free, counter-conditioning and desensitisation methods are employed. I will never use pain, fear of intimation tactics. 

How to refer

If you are a Veterinary Surgeon and wish to refer a behavioural case to The Outdoor Dog I will require -

  • A full clinical history - to allow me to make informed decisions regarding behavioural modification plans, and how any medical condition or medication may affect your patient's behaviour.

  • A completed referral form.

Please email both documents to Karen []