Behaviour Modification

 

We accept behaviour modification cases on a select and limited basis and will work with you to achieve goals, provided you are willing and able to dedicate time to your dogs program. 

Please read the information below to learn more about how we can help make positive changes in your dog!

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Private Behaviour Modification

 

 

We can assist with behaviour modification that is specific and custom to you and your dog.   We will help you better understand your dogs behaviour, create a plan to address the issue and guide you through your modification program.  Many people who experience these types of issues feel frustrated and alone.  Our programs are designed for you to get results, provided you put the work into the dog, using humane and science-based techniques. 

Aggression

  • Usually seen as a result of fear toward a person or other animal via lunging, air snapping, growling, showing teeth, biting, etc.

  • Can be fear based, territorial, barrier/frustration-based or predatory in nature

Fears and Phobias

  • This may be directed toward people, places, animals, items or other stimulus present in a dogs environment

  • May be minor to severe (neophobias) and interferes with the dogs ability to cope

Separation Issues

  • Dogs who are disruptive, destructive (toward own or other items) or self harm when left alone in the home or other locations

  • May be frustration, anxiety or pleasure driven

Territorial Behaviours

  • Aggressive behaviours/displays toward others when a dog is on his/her property/in mobile property such as a car - behaviours/displays may be present even when your dog can see the person from his/her property at great distances

 

Resource Guarding

  • Behaviours displayed may be but are not limited to stiff posture, growling, air snapping, biting, showing teeth, etc. when in the possession of an item your dog feels valuable - food, toys, stolen items, locations, etc

 

Repetitive Behaviours

  • Completing intentional, repetitive behavior that is non-functional (pointless) over and over. Many (but not all) of the behaviors are performed in a rhythmic manner.

  • May present as pacing, circling, tail chasing, light/shadow chasing, fly chasing, tail chasing, flank sucking and self grooming

Over-stimulation

  • in situations or response to stimulus such as visitors or other dogs

And more

Modification programs are available for any dog, regardless of age, size or breed. 

We begin with an Initial Virtual/Telephone Consultation (the cost is $110+HST depending on the complexity and time involved and is booked at a time that works for you). The initial consultation builds a profile for the dog as well as gives initial recommendations and management guidelines to reduce incidents leading up to the visit. We take time to learn more about the situation and help you to establish realistic goals for your dog. We also start you on a plan for moving forward to treat the behaviour. This also provides an idea of the work that will be involved for handlers going forward as many are not prepared for the work involved. Moving forward we complete an in home Initial Assessment & Consultation (Please note we are often booking 6+ weeks away for the first in home session if needed during a weekday daytime.  If an evening or weekend is needed we are booking further away due to the limited availability and the popularity of our evening group dog training classes). 

 

Sessions can be booked at our training facility or in home (please note that some types of behaviour issues must be completed in home such as territorial behaviour). All of our services are based on the specific dog but use humane, kind and science-based techniques.  We build dogs up based on trust, not break them down based on fear.  

 

Please email us today to further discuss your behaviour modification needs and learn more about how we can help!

Dog Training Vs. Behaviour Modification

Why can we not just do training to change a dogs behaviour? Behaviour modification and dog training are different. While some behavior modification makes use of obedience training techniques such as teaching a dog to sit or lie down, these taught behaviors are called on as tools in an overall program that hopes to change how the dog thinks, feels and acts. Sit stay may encourage self-control, it does not change how the dog feels about the situation or stimulus.

 

Behaviour modification is different; the goal of behaviour modification is to systematically change the dog’s reaction to a stimulus (situation, state, person, item, animal, etc.) by altering the physiological and psychological state.  Behaviour modification makes use of desensitization, and counter conditioning without the use of flooding or feeling suppression. 

An example would be a dog who growls when you reach for the ball. The growling is a response to how the dog feels about having the ball taken away (and also a good outward signal to humans). Having the dog sit when a person approaches the ball does not change how the dog feels about a human approaching the ball, this can cause feelings of dislike to grow. If we can change how the dog feels about humans approaching the ball, the growling does not occur.