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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
in situations or response to stimulus such as visitors or other dogs
Dog Training Vs. Behaviour Modification
Why can't we not just do training to change a dogs behaviour? Behaviour modification and dog training are different. While some behavior modification makes use of 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.
Quinte Canine is happy to introduce
BVM&S, MSc., BSc., Cert. SAPT
There is a great need for qualified behaviour modification within our community, and at Quinte Canine we just cannot do it alone (due to extremely long wait lists). We are very excited to have developed a strategic alliance with Victoria Blondin of Shaggy Dog Pet Services to help the dogs, and the people who love them, in the Quinte community.
Victoria attended the University of Guelph where she found her passion for animal behaviour and nutrition while receiving her undergraduate and Master's degree in Science in Animal Welfare and Behaviour. After living in Scotland for a number of years, Victoria returned to Canada in 2016 and began Shaggy Dog Pet Services.
Although Victoria works with many different areas of dog (and cat) behaviour, her passion is for animals suffering from separation related disorders. This passion grew into her specialization in separation anxiety training and she is now a certified separation anxiety training expert.
To book an appointment with Victoria at Quinte Canine please click here (be sure to click on 'Quinte Canine Services').