Applied Animal Behavior
WHYWHAT I DO:
Behavioral consulting is the focus of my practice. This means that I work with you and your pet - cat, dog, bird, or whatever - to assess, diagnose, and address your pet's specific behavioral issues. This is different from a dog trainer.
An animal behaviorist is interested in understanding your pet's underlying, internal emotional state and how it impacts the expression of behavior. This behavior may be something specific, or it may be a cluster of behaviors. A dog trainer is usually more interested in the external, teaching the cues and commands necessary to obtain physical obedience.
As an advocate for my clients, I provide resources that help people and their pets lead healthy and happy lives. When unexpected or unwanted behaviors arise, I advise clients about their options and make recommendations based upon their specific situation. As an animal behaviorist, my philosophy and approach may not fit with yours, and that's okay. If that's the case, I can help direct you to another professional who is a better fit. My objective is to keep pets in their homes and reduce the number of animals surrendered to shelters.
Please click here for information on the services I provide, or click on the Get Help page listed above.
WHAT I DON'T DO:
Sorry, but I do not provide dog obedience training, in-home pet care, or dog walking services, but I can help refer you to well-qualified professionals who do.
A life-long lover and owner of cats, dogs, and more, I'm fascinated by animals (human and non-human) and their behavior. I have both a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior and a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, and I'm trained and certified in Pet CPR/first-aid.
When working with clients, I promise to treat you and your pet with respect, to approach this work with humility, and to refer you to another qualified consultant if I am unable to help you. Transparency and integrity and important to me; I do not sell "packages" because most clients needs are met with only one or two sessions.
WHY I DO IT:
As an animal behavior consultant, my goal in doing this work is twofold:
1. To increase the happiness factor in your home, and
2. To decrease the number of pets surrendered to shelters.
You shouldn't have to be rich to have access to quality pet care. As such, for those who qualify I offer sliding scale fees.*
Leah Lee, UW-AAB
Member, The Animal Behaviour Society, The Shock-Free Coalition, & The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Licensed & insured.
*Proof of income required for sliding scale fees.