James C. Ha, Ph.D. &
Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Our mission is to provide high-quality on-site consulting on companion animal behavior problems. The field of domestic and companion animal behavior research has been a rapidly expanding one in recent years. Successful treatment of companion animal behavior problems today requires a strong background in the evolution and genetics of the species or breed, the practical application of modern learning theory, the latest research findings, and the application of these findings to clinical situations.
background includes a Master’s degree in biology from
Our basic procedure involves an initial on-site (usually in-home) visit lasting 1˝ to 2 hours. During this visit, we interview the owner(s) and other individuals who are involved in interactions with the pet, as well as observe the animal's behavior in its normal environment. Next, we diagnose the problem and discuss the causes of the behavior. Finally, we develop a treatment plan for the behavior(s) which fits into the owner’s lifestyle. Following the visit, we provide a follow-up letter within 1 week which reiterates the plan developed during the visit, as well as possible additional options. The fee for the initial visit varies with the species (dogs vs. cats) and the issue, but generally, the initial consult for most dog behavior issues is $250.