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Using positive reinforcement based methods, I can help provide you and your dog with some relief in a friendly and humane manner. As an IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, I will NEVER use intimidation, force, fear or other harmful tactics on your beloved family pet. Get started today with a Comprehensive Behavior Consultation!
What is behavior modification?
Behavior modification is a treatment approach for changing the undesirable behaviors that your dog exhibits. Behavior modification can address a broad range of issues. After discussing your dog’s issues and learning why they might do the things that they do, plans and protocols are created to help manage and modify the behavior(s) of concern. Behavior Modification programs are designed to meet the specific needs of each dog and household.
Behavior Modification addresses issues such as:
- Aggression to people, dogs and other animals
- Reactive behaviors on walks, such as barking and lunging
- Resource Guarding and Territorial Issues
- Fear of noises, people, other animals, and storms
- Aggressive, reactive and fearful behavior towards children
- Separation Anxiety and other issues when home alone
- Excessive barking
- Excessive attention seeking
- And Much More!
Behavior Modification programs are designed to meet the needs of each dog and household. Services typically take place in your home, however services can also be provided at other locations of your choice. Working closely with you and your dog, we will take a look at the problem behavior(s), then teach you how to address them by modifying and managing them. If needed, I will work in conjunction with your veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist to provide the greatest success for your dog during the behavior modification process.
During the Comprehensive Behavior Consultation, I will:
- Get to know you and your dog with an in-depth & thorough behavior history form
- Discuss your goals and concerns to develop a plan
- Introduce training concepts
- Provide helpful suggestions and information
- Observe and evaluate your dog
- Discuss options for behavior modification and how I can help
- Discuss safety &/or management strategies
- Implementation of strategies typically begins during the consultation
What causes behavior issues in dogs?
Behavior issues in dogs can be a result of many things. Some common reasons behavior issues occur include:
- Lack of proper, early and appropriate socialization
- Fear, anxiety and stress
- Lack of training
- Traumatic experiences
- Rehearsed behaviors: when a behavior is practiced over and over
- Improper training and/or use of tools, such as: electric collars, chokers, fear tactics, and physical force
- Genetic predisposition (poor breeding)
- Medical and physical issues
- Reinforcing inappropriate behaviors
How long will it take to fix my dogs behavior issues?
The answer to this question really depends on a variety of factors. These include:
- What the behavior issue is
- The severity of the problem will determine how long it can take to address a problem
- How long the issue has gone on
- How the issue may have been addressed prior, if at all.
- How long it will take your dog to process and comprehend behavior modification protocols and training
- If the owner chooses to follow through on implementation of training and behavior modification protocols
Helpful Tips for Behavior Change
What is your dog saying?
Our dogs are constantly communicating through their body language and behavior. Understanding canine body language and communication signals is important because it can help us learn about how our dogs are feeling and why they are doing the behaviors they choose to display. Taking the time to learn about canine body language and communication signals is the first step in treating any behavior issue. Here are some credible sources of information to learn about canine body language and communication:
- Book: On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
If possible, and if safe to do so, capture video footage of the behavior(s) of concern. (Please do not put yourself, your dog or the public in harms way to capture video footage.) This video can be reviewed and broken down with your behavior consultant during your comprehensive consultation. You can record it on your cell phone or by setting up portable cameras where the behavior(s) typically happen. Remember to record both before, during, and after the behavior so that your behavior consultant has a full picture of the issue.
Keep a Journal
Writing down specific incidents when the problem behavior(s) happens is key! You should also include what happens before and after the behavior(s) as this provides valuable information. Include as much detail as you can.
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