Behavior Modification Training
What Is Aggression, and Why Does It Happen?
Simply put, aggression is fear. It seems counter-intuitive—all that barking and growling and lunging and biting looks pretty angry. But in most cases, these aggressive displays are designed to frighten scary things away. Dogs learn that barking and lunging makes people and dogs step away from them.
Sometimes fear of dogs or people is caused by a bad past experience. More often, these fear-based behaviors are born of under-socialization. Dogs who grew up without adequate exposure to a wide variety of dogs and people and experiences while they were puppies are prime candidates to develop fear-based aggressive behaviors as adult dogs, as they lack the ability to easily integrate new things into their world.
Fortunately, training can help. Using scientifically sound, gentle, force-free training methods, we help your dog change her world view. If she’s no longer afraid of people and dogs, she’ll no longer have reason to bark at or bite them.
Leash Reactivity (aggression towards people or dogs)
Our certified behaviorists support and guide you and your dog through every step of a custom behavior modification program for aggression. We understand how scary, embarrassing and frustrating it can be to walk a reactive dog.
Common Behaviors We Change: growling and lunging on leash; barrier frustration, fence fighting; nipping at humans while on leash.
In Home Dog Fighting
We offer safety management and preventative training to significantly reduce the potential for a bite or fight. We offer training using only positive reinforcement, desensitization and counter-conditioning programs. We do not use E-collars or prong collars.
Common Behaviors We Change: fighting between dogs in the house hold; fighting over food or toys; fighting over couch space and attention.
What Is Separation Anxiety? Why Is This Happening?
Separation anxiety is a canine anxiety disorder. It’s not a behavior, not something your dog chooses. In fact, he has no control over the panic attacks he experiences when left alone—the panic that drives him to bark, chew up doorways and windows in an attempt to escape and find you, or even obsessively lick or chew himself to the point of causing open wounds.
Separation anxiety can be triggered in many ways—being rehomed, a family move, the loss of a household member, a long illness or injury, or a traumatic event can all lead to SA. Some dogs are more prone to developing the condition than others due to temperament and genetic factors.
Unfortunately, separation anxiety doesn’t resolve on its own. Left untreated, it tends to become worse over time. Fortunately, separation anxiety can be significantly reduced—even eliminated—through training. The training process is not short, as reversing such a strong phobia takes time, but it is well worth the time, effort, and cost—for you and your dog.
Have questions? Call or text. Our staff is happy to talk about how we can help you.
Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat -- whether real or perceived.
Common Behaviors We Change: growling, biting or nipping at humans that enter the home, fear of the vet, excessive barking, digging, chewing and soiling in the house.
Anxiety is the anticipation of future dangers from unknown or imagined origins that result in normal body reactions (known as physiologic reactions) associated with fear.
Common Behaviors We Change: separation anxiety, crate anxiety, self mutilation, crying, noise or storm phobia; excessive chewing, licking and shaking, hiding.