Behaviour Referral Service

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


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.

Karen's DOGS specialise in behavioural issues. These behaviours can make indoor and outdoor life very challenging, stressful and even embarrassing for your clients. I can help owners solve and manage their dog's behaviour so they can enjoy life together again.

Your clients & patients deserve the best

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' (click here to view).

I have spent many years gaining the most precious 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!

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Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • BSc Honours in Veterinary Nursing

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

  • Distinction in Dog Training at Centre of Applied Pet Ethology

  • 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 Trainers

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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 will all programmes are 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 Karen's DOGS I will require -

  • A completed referral form (please click here to view and download).

  • 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.

Please email both documents to