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PET BEHAVIOUR & TRAINING

We love our pets. They are part of our family.

But when they behave in ways that negatively affect our lives, bother our loved ones or even put others in danger, it becomes stressful, frustrating and difficult to live with them and can significantly affect and damage the bond and relationship we have with them.

Behavioural problems can result from underlying fear, anxiety, stress, genetic or learned components and medical conditions and can be complex to evaluate.

A Veterinary Behaviourist is in the unique position to diagnose both behavioural conditions and medical conditions that can cause or affect a pet’s behaviour. Oftentimes, training alone will not solve the problem and we require a different approach.  

German Veterinary Clinic is the first in the region to offer a comprehensive Veterinary Behaviour Service so we can address not only the physical, but also the mental and emotional health of your pet.

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We love our pets. They are part of our family.

But when they behave in ways that negatively affect our lives, bother our loved ones or even put others in danger, it becomes stressful, frustrating and difficult to live with them and can significantly affect and damage the bond and relationship we have with them.

Behavioural problems can result from underlying fear, anxiety, stress, genetic or learned components and medical conditions and can be complex to evaluate.

A Veterinary Behaviourist is in the unique position to diagnose both behavioural conditions and medical conditions that can cause or affect a pet’s behaviour. Oftentimes, training alone will not solve the problem and we require a different approach.  

German Veterinary Clinic is the first in the region to offer a comprehensive Veterinary Behaviour Service so we can address not only the physical, but also the mental and emotional health of your pet.

GVC’s Owner and Head Veterinarian, Dr Katrin Jahn, is a resident in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine of both the European as well as American College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine, the first veterinarian in the Middle East to specialize in this field.

So, how does it work?

The first step is to book a Behaviour Consultation with Dr Katrin.

Consultations usually last for around 2 hours in order to provide enough time to gather a comprehensive history, observe your pet’s behaviour, discuss your concerns and goals in detail and then arrive at a diagnosis and develop a tailor made and achievable treatment plan.

Our treatment methods are based on scientific evidence and research and consist of environmental modification, appropriate behaviour modification techniques as well as owner education to provide an ethical, punishment free, welfare compatible way of approaching your pet’s behaviour.

If medical underlying causes are suspected, these can be addressed immediately, and suitable medical treatment will be recommended.

Veterinarians are able to address behaviour problems from a species-specific and developmental perspective with a focus on understanding your pet’s body language and communication style and are able to use appropriate, individually tailored medications, pheromones and nutraceuticals to best help your pet where necessary.

Your pet will never be subjected to methods that include punishment, startling, hurting, scaring or shocking them. We can alleviate undesirable behaviours in pets while treating them with the kindness, gentleness, respect and admiration they deserve.

Our aim is to help your pet become the very best pet they can be and to support and, if necessary, restore your relationship with your pet!

Dr Katrin Jahn, DrMedVet, CertVA, MRCVS
Resident ACVB, ECAWBM
Fear Free Certified Professional

Some of the behaviour problems we can help with include:

  • Aggression
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Fears, anxieties and phobias
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Elimination problems
  • Unruly or uncontrollable behaviour
  • Training difficulties
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Behaviour changes due to disease or pain
  • Repetitive or compulsive disorders
  • Puppy or kitten preventative visits
  • Pre-selection consultation
  • Preparing for life events

Dr Katrin can help with problem behaviours in dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more, so please get in touch if you have a pet of a more unusual species that is exhibiting behaviours you are concerned about.

GVC’s Owner and Head Veterinarian, Dr Katrin Jahn, is a resident in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine of both the European as well as American College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine, the first veterinarian in the Middle East to specialize in this field.

Dr Katrin Jahn, DrMedVet, CertVA, MRCVS
Resident ACVB, ECAWBM
Fear Free Certified Professional

So, how does it work?

The first step is to book a Behaviour Consultation with Dr Katrin.

Consultations usually last for around 2 hours in order to provide enough time to gather a comprehensive history, observe your pet’s behaviour, discuss your concerns and goals in detail and then arrive at a diagnosis and develop a tailor made and achievable treatment plan.

Our treatment methods are based on scientific evidence and research and consist of environmental modification, appropriate behaviour modification techniques as well as owner education to provide an ethical, punishment free, welfare compatible way of approaching your pet’s behaviour.

If medical underlying causes are suspected, these can be addressed immediately, and suitable medical treatment will be recommended.

Veterinarians are able to address behaviour problems from a species-specific and developmental perspective with a focus on understanding your pet’s body language and communication style and are able to use appropriate, individually tailored medications, pheromones and nutraceuticals to best help your pet where necessary.

Your pet will never be subjected to methods that include punishment, startling, hurting, scaring or shocking them. We can alleviate undesirable behaviours in pets while treating them with the kindness, gentleness, respect and admiration they deserve.

Our aim is to help your pet become the very best pet they can be and to support and, if necessary, restore your relationship with your pet!

Some of the behaviour problems we can help with include:

  • Aggression
  • Destructive behaviours
  • Fears, anxieties and phobias
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Elimination problems
  • Unruly or uncontrollable behaviour
  • Training difficulties
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Behaviour changes due to disease or pain
  • Repetitive or compulsive disorders
  • Puppy or kitten preventative visits
  • Pre-selection consultation
  • Preparing for life events

Dr Katrin can help with problem behaviours in dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more, so please get in touch if you have a pet of a more unusual species that is exhibiting behaviours you are concerned about.

OUR SERVICES

Veterinary Behaviour Consultations

We believe that each pet is an individual with a unique behavioural history and motivations.

Our behaviour consultations with GVC’s Owner and Head Vet, Dr Katrin Jahn, Resident in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine, are thorough sessions lasting for 90-120 minutes during which problem behaviours are identified and explored, diagnoses are made and suitable treatment plans are established.

These consultations are suitable for pets showing signs of fear, anxiety, stress or aggression.  

They are also suitable for inappropriate or unwanted toileting behaviours, age related behaviour changes or compulsive, destructive, stereotypical or repetitive behaviour patterns such as leg chewing, tail chasing and more.

Veterinary Behaviour Consultations

We believe that each pet is an individual with a unique behavioural history and motivations.

Our behaviour consultations with GVC’s Owner and Head Vet, Dr Katrin Jahn, Resident in Veterinary Behaviour Medicine, are thorough sessions lasting for 90-120 minutes during which problem behaviours are identified and explored, diagnoses are made and suitable treatment plans are established.

These consultations are suitable for pets showing signs of fear, anxiety, stress or aggression.  

They are also suitable for inappropriate or unwanted toileting behaviours, age related behaviour changes or compulsive, destructive, stereotypical or repetitive behaviour patterns such as leg chewing, tail chasing and more.

Educational Seminars and Workshops for

  • Charity Groups 
  • Rescue Groups
  • Welfare Groups 
  • Related Businesses in the Pet Care Sector (Pet Relocation, Grooming, Pet Sitting)
  • Anyone interested in learning more about pet behaviour 😊

These seminars and workshops are tailored to the needs of the individual organization and may involve presentations, hands on teaching and tutoring and provision of practical tools, tips and ideas to immediately implement into their sector.

Educational Seminars and Workshops for

  • Charity Groups 
  • Rescue Groups
  • Welfare Groups 
  • Related Businesses in the Pet Care Sector (Pet Relocation, Grooming, Pet Sitting)
  • Anyone interested in learning more about pet behaviour 😊

These seminars and workshops are tailored to the needs of the individual organization and may involve presentations, hands on teaching and tutoring and provision of practical tools, tips and ideas to immediately implement into their sector.

PUPPY LIFE SKILLS

As a Veterinary Behaviour- and Training Team, our approach to puppy training is a very holistic one, setting the foundations for your future lives together. Therefore, all of our puppy sessions are created with emotional resilience in mind as we want to ensure that your puppy grows up to be a calm, confident and cooperative member of your family.

 

PUPPY LIFE SKILLS PACK:
Our Puppy Packs consist of 6 sessions initially (60 minutes each).
The first session is conducted without your puppy so that we can introduce you to our training methods and what to expect in the following 5 sessions.
This will also allow you the time to ask all the questions you need without distraction.
The next 5 sessions will be with your puppy and will include a variety of games and exercises to increase confidence and resilience.Some of the topics included will be:

  • Learning to read how your puppy is feeling in any given situation
  • Learning how to communicate with your puppy in a positive way
  • Toilet training
  • How to teach your puppy basic cues and valuable games
  • How to manage certain situations both at home as well as outside
  • How to teach your puppy to walk on a lead

…and many more…

 

PUPPY LIFE SKILLS SINGLE TRAINING CLASS:
Alternatively, you can book an initial assessment session with our trainer to evaluate your and your puppy’s needs and to address specific challenges you may be facing.
A single session is 60 minutes in length.
Your puppy should be at least 8 weeks of age when starting the classes.
We may, if appropriate, arrange for a “play” or “socialisation” session with another puppy. For this, your puppy will need to have completed their initial vaccination course, have parasite control on board and be negative for giardia.

We look forward to meeting you and your puppy soon !

PUPPY LIFE SKILLS

As a Veterinary Behaviour- and Training Team, our approach to puppy training is a very holistic one, setting the foundations for your future lives together. Therefore, all of our puppy sessions are created with emotional resilience in mind as we want to ensure that your puppy grows up to be a calm, confident and cooperative member of your family.

 

PUPPY LIFE SKILLS PACK:
Our Puppy Packs consist of 6 sessions initially (60 minutes each).
The first session is conducted without your puppy so that we can introduce you to our training methods and what to expect in the following 5 sessions.
This will also allow you the time to ask all the questions you need without distraction.
The next 5 sessions will be with your puppy and will include a variety of games and exercises to increase confidence and resilience.Some of the topics included will be:

  • Learning to read how your puppy is feeling in any given situation
  • Learning how to communicate with your puppy in a positive way
  • Toilet training
  • How to teach your puppy basic cues and valuable games
  • How to manage certain situations both at home as well as outside
  • How to teach your puppy to walk on a lead

…and many more…

 

PUPPY LIFE SKILLS SINGLE TRAINING CLASS:
Alternatively, you can book an initial assessment session with our trainer to evaluate your and your puppy’s needs and to address specific challenges you may be facing.
A single session is 60 minutes in length.
Your puppy should be at least 8 weeks of age when starting the classes.
We may, if appropriate, arrange for a “play” or “socialisation” session with another puppy. For this, your puppy will need to have completed their initial vaccination course, have parasite control on board and be negative for giardia.

We look forward to meeting you and your puppy soon !

TESTIMONIALS

Janine Toutikian and Bruno

“Absolutely the best experience for my anxious pupster! We have been working with Dr Katrin for a few months now on his anxiety, but that was always at home and yes, I also recommend her for treating your dogs fear and anxiety issues. Today we had our first visit at the clinic for a full medical check up and everything was prepared so well for Bruno, from treats to cuddles, time taken etc to make his vet visit an amazing experience. He was super relaxed at the end, Dr Katrin and the nurse were so calming and gave Bruno time to settle in with them and nothing felt rushed or forced. Thank you for making Bruno and me feel like we are your number one concern!”

Janine Toutikian and Bruno

Thalia & Marcus with George, Milly, Lillu and LJ

With a household of 4 cats and the eldest having just been diagnosed with CKD, we wanted to have a behaviour consultation to ensure a calm environment. Dr Katrin helped us to pinpoint triggers, leading to aggressive behaviour and put in place measures to reduce such behaviour. Within a few days we noticed a difference, with less aggression and a more relaxed atmosphere. This continued to improve further as time passed.

Thalia & Marcus with George, Milly, Lillu and LJ

E-Guides

10 STEP GUIDE TO TOILET TRAINING

TOILET TRAINING YOUR DOG 101

What we are trying to achieve: Prevent elimination indoors/unwanted areas and encourage elimination in an appropriate toilet spot…

Contact us if you are interested in any of our Veterinary Behaviour Services