Aggressive behaviors such as lunging, growling, snarling, snapping and biting, can be very scary. We know that seeing these behaviors from your dog can be very upsetting and can be very stressful for you and your family. We are here to help you determine the underlying cause of your dog's aggression and find a successful resolution, regardless of the severity of your dog's aggressive behaviors.
Aggression is scary, but it is a natural behavior for dogs. These behaviors typically are the dog's way of saying, "I am not comfortable in this situation, please go away." Although dogs can show aggression in other situations, this is the case most of the time. So to start with, we do not want to "punish" this behavior to make it stop. Instead, we want to find out why the dog is uncomfortable and address the why. The why is usually an underlying emotional response to something that the dog has either had a bad experience with or no experience with (usually because of no or poor socialization as a puppy).
So to address the problem we will need to start with changing your dog's emotional response to whatever is making them uncomfortable from a negative to a positive response. This training will not only change your dog's emotional response, but will also teach them some coping skills at the same time.
This training is simple and easy to do and only takes about 20 - 25 minutes per day to start changing your dog's behavior!
To get started, we do a comprehensive consultation in your home. During the consultation we will:
gather information about your dog's behaviors
discuss situations that the behavior occurs in
determine how severe the behavior is
work with your dog to see how they will respond to the training and to me.
This information will allow me to discuss training goals with you and give you a prognosis for your dog and give you a training plan that will be individualized for your dog.
*Please note: I do not use choke collars, prong collars or e-collars (shock collars) in my training.
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When working with dogs with aggression, one of the first things I want to teach my clients is that the dog will show many other signs of stress way before they get to the point of growling, showing teeth or biting. But we have to know what to look for to recognize it. So we teach you the body language of your dog so you can determine when your dog is starting to get stressed and remove them from the situation, preventing your dog from reaching the point where they feel they need to growl, show teeth or bite.