What makes behavioural consultations so important?

We need to keep in mind that puppies do not come programmed to know what they need to do when living in a human household. A lot of the behaviours below are perfectly normal behaviours for puppies. They just need to be shown what is acceptable and what's not. This should always be done using positive reinforcement, rewarding the puppy for doing the correct behaviour and, if possible, ignoring the incorrect behaviour.  Animals will always do what works for them, if it works they will continue with the behaviour.

  • Introducing a new puppy or dog to your existing pets (Dogs and Cats)
  • Puppy training behaviours that are not covered in basic puppy classes.
    • House training
    • Mouthing and Biting
    • Reactivity
    • Nervousness
    • Resource Guarding
    • Fear of loud noises
    • Fear of thunder & lightening
    • Fear of children
    • Fear of being touched
    • Fear of being alone
    • Coprophagia - eating faeces
    • Excessive chewing.
    • Excessive jumping up
    • Digging
    • Teaching children how to behave around dogs.
    • Frustration Tolerance
    • Exercise & Enrichment
    • Introduction to Grooming.

Adult Dogs

  • Reactivity to humans or other dogs.
  • Helping your dog to be comfortable at the Vet.
  • Boisterousness
  • Crate Training
  • Walking/pulling on leash
  • Excessive Barking
  • Habituation, creating a desensitization program for fear aggression.
  • Introducing your dog to the new baby.
  • Running out of the gate/park
  • Teaching to stay on a mat or in a specific place.
  • Teaching Recall
  • Getting your dog used to the car
  •  Muzzle training
  • Grooming training
  • Teaching Your Dog that its ok to be Alone
  • Resource Guarding
  • Overcoming Phobias.

TTouch for various ailments.

Assisting with:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Back Problems  
  • Giving comfort to the sick and dying animal.

Private Training or On Line training at home where the client is unable to come to classes. Our trainers can come to you.

In house training at our premises: Your dogs come to us at Fluffs-n-Tufts Animal Care Center.

  • Daily during day care
  • Stay over for a period of time.

Behaviour Consultations for Cats

Reason for Consultations:(Including but not limited to)

  • Introduction of new cat or dog to the existing cat/s
  • Inappropriate soiling
    • Litterbox avoidance
    • Surface preference
    • Incorrect  location
    • Anxiety when using the litterbox
    • Spraying
  • Cat aggression
    • Overarousal during play
    • Fear aggression caused from incorrect use of punishment
    • Aggression towards other cats in household
    • Aggression towards humans in the household
    • Tactile Intolerance
    • Pain Induced aggression
    • Territorial aggression
  • Environmental Enrichment
  • Destructive Scratching on Furniture
  • Habituation to People and Objects
  • Howling and yowling
  • Clicker Training your Cat
  • TTouch for Ageing or Sick cats  
  • Introducing your cat to children
  • Teaching children how to behave around cats/kittens.

Inhouse training where your cat comes into our Cattery and we work with them here.
This is very useful when cats are fighting in the home and taking them out of their environment changes the way they interact.


A great deal of behaviours are caused by a dog not understanding exactly what we want from them. Often this is caused by inconsistency in the home where one family member allows a certain behaviour and the other family member “punishes” that same behaviour. One family member trains their dog with positive reinforcement and the other with aversives.  This will leave the dog not knowing exactly what to do and will create a fallout of behaviours as the dog will try all sorts of things to see which behaviour works.

In Puppy and Adult Training classes we encourage all members of the household, who will be interacting with their dog, to come to class so everyone knows exactly what the other person is doing. We train all the basic behaviours and other fun stuff so the dog is “working” and enjoying the training, therefore a lot more obedient and fun to have in the home.  

If during class the trainer picks up a behaviour that the client/trainer is worried about and this can’t be fixed during class, then the client needs to come to a private behaviour consultation. In the consultation only the problem behaviour will be addressed and the owners assisted with dealing with this behaviour.

Should an owner of an older dog not be sure about the way their dog will react in classes with other dogs then it is necessary for that client to bring their dog in for a private consultation so the Behaviourist can assess the dog and do some basic training until that owner/dog is happy to move the dog into a class situation.

Many owners want a specific behaviour dealt with for example: Their dog is reactive on lead or is very frightened. This behaviour and many other specific behaviours are best dealt with in a private consultation. (see the list)
The cost of a behaviour consultation depends on the problem and whether it is a home visit or done at our Animal Care Centre in Sandton. The cost varies from R350 to R700. This also changes if the Behaviourist has to travel more than 10km from our Care Centre.