As a mum of two young children who already had three dogs and two cats prior to the arrival of my children, I am aware of the anxiety that many new parents may feel when faced with the prospect of bringing a new baby into a home with existing pets. Sometimes these concerns are on account of the specific characteristics of the pet(s) such as a pet being particularly boisterous or because a pet is nervous or has previously shown aggression in other circumstances and sometimes the concern is more general regarding the best way to introduce a new baby into the household.

The pets bumps and babes consultation service therefore exists to provide you with practical, professional advice to help you gain
answers to the questions you may have regarding the introduction of your baby to your existing pet(s), or optimising the relationship
between your existing pet and your Newborn. The consultations are individually tailored and thus the content of the consultation will
be dependent on the specific requirements of you and your pet but core areas will include

• Giving you practical advice on how to prepare your pet for the arrival of your baby, so as to avoid the risk of your pet perceiving your babies arrival as a negative event.
• Helping you to identify situations that can be potential sources of conflict between pets and children
• Giving you an understanding of your pets body language to help you identify and interrupt situations of conflict should they arise

The consultation service aims to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge that will help you to optimise the relationship between your pet(s) and your baby, and to enable you to introduce your new baby with minimal distress to your pet, minimal stress to you and maximum safety to your baby both upon initial introductions and as your baby grows and starts to move around the home.

The Pets, Bumps and Babes consultation fee is £50 for a two hour consultation for appointments within a 10 miles radius of Rochester, for appointments outside of a10 mile radius of Rochester additional mileage is charged at 50p per additional mile, (with the total fee being stipulated at the time of booking).
Consultations take place in your own home with the number of consultations required being dependent upon the individual requirements of you and your pet. Written information sheets and follow up support via the telephone and/or e-mail are also inclusive to the consultation fee.

However, please be aware that the ‘Pets Bumps and Babes’ consultations are only intended for pets with no prior history of aggression towards children, pets that have previously shown a history of aggression towards children will require a behaviour consultation. If you are unsure which type of consultation you require this can be discussed at the point of contact.

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email: petbehaviourspecialist@hotmail.co.uk tel. no. 07982 318532

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