Helping you with your Dog Behaviour Problem.
We here to help you understand the reasons behind your dog's behaviour and how to change it.
What causes dog behaviour problems
Dog behaviour issues can be frustrating or even dangerous depending on their level in aggressive dogs.
If a dog is displaying unwanted ‘bad’ behaviours or aggression. It can be down to multiple factors and rarely is it just one single object or trigger.
A high percentage of these cases are born out of an underlying fear response of something within the dog's environment. This anxiety or fear could be due to a lack of understanding and experience or previous bad experiences. Phobias such as loud noises are another common cause but are not limited either of these.
Working at your dog's pace, we will help them to understands its world from a different perspective. We will empower your dog to make alternative behaviour choices in their lives.
Management for dog behaviour problems
During the process, you also to learn to manage their environment. To minimise the unwanted behaviours being repeated and becoming habitual.
These skills will promote your dogs learning without taking away their confidence. Dogs always repeat actions that have previously worked for them.
It is our job to teach them alternative behaviour options using positive rewards like food, toys or life rewards to promote the new behaviours.
Avoiding rewarding the unwanted behaviour
Always important to remember what a dog sees as a reward may be entirely different from us.
Often we go out to see clients who are accidentally reinforcing their dog’s behaviour problems by giving their dog attention. We as owners tend to fall into the trap where when our dogs are being quiet or making good choices we are silent and ignore them.
Then when they do something like barking or jumping up at us, we give them attention. The attention to us may seem a negative if it's shouting at our dog or pushing them off.
However, if it was attention they were seeking, then this behaviour display has been a success and likely to be repeated.
Our behaviour affects their behaviour
Often by changing our behaviour and reactions, we can quickly and effectively train our dogs a new choice in their lives.
This subtle change can empower our dogs to make decisions that both fulfil their needs and ours. If we reward the behaviours, we wish the dog to repeat. Take away the reward the dog gets for unwanted reactions. We are using their natural selection process.
It is easy to teach your dog bad habits accidentally. Behaviour and training are always combined and ongoing.
A simple mantra to remember is
"Dogs always repeat behaviours that have previously worked".
Adjustment training for dog behaviour problems in your home.
To help you with unwanted behaviours your dog may be displaying. During the initial assessment session, we will discuss your dog's details and history.
We will review your dog's general behaviour, as well as current unwanted behaviour(s) and possible reasons for these.
Finding the motivations for dog behaviour problems.
Common types of problem behaviours have often been rewarded in the past.
They have become a learned behaviour response for the dog. Dogs repeat actions that have worked for them previously.
Whether it is growling at a stranger and they moved away or barking at the postmen when they come up the path, and then they leave.
In the dog's eyes, these are successful behaviour choices if their goal was to gain distance.
Management and training plan
After the session, you will receive a report including a training and management plan.
The program will be backed up with an email/phone support service.
After the initial session, you may require further follow up session 1-2-1’s. These 1-2-1 sessions will help you with your specific requirement and needs.
Often minor tweaks to the program can be applied via email and/or phone without the need for an extra session.
Changing behaviour takes time and effort
It is important to remember when working with behaviour issues that there is no such thing as a magic wand.
If anyone says, he or she can guarantee to change behaviour. I would suggest caution for your dog's sake and your own. Some responses in some dogs do adjust very quickly while others do not.
We will take a holistic approach using a training and management process designed around you and your dog. Consistency and patience are vital elements of any behaviour modification program.
I will be there to help you along the way.
Dog behaviour problem follow up sessions
These sessions follow on from the dog behaviour problem Initial Session.
They are designed around your needs to help you with implementing the training plan.
Also helping to get over any issues that may arise and adjust the training plan where required.
How long will it take to change a dogs behaviour problem?
Dog behaviour adjustments and modifications are likely to be an ongoing process depending on the behaviours in question.
When behaviours have been successful in the dog's eyes previously they are repeated. They can be a habitual response to a situation, and it will take consistency on our part for the training to be successful.
It is essential to work at the dog's pace and not expect an overnight transformation. Therefore, management and training are crucial to success.
Setting our dogs up for success: why not to use old methods?
When we create a training plan to suit the dog they can understand and learn efficiently. Although it may take longer in the short term, there will be permanent changes.
Old fashioned, outdated adverse methods, although on the outside look like they give immediate or fast results (if you’re lucky!).
They force the dog to hide the behaviour, so are just suppressing the symptoms. There is a ladder of behaviours that dogs use when they are under pressure emotionally.
If we punish these behaviour displays, it can mean that a dog will become aggressive or even bite with far fewer warning signs in the future.
Understanding our dog's language to help with dog behaviour problems
Good knowledge of dog behaviour and body language helps us to teach new behaviour options. You will learn how to ‘read’ your dog and train new behaviours to use in everyday situations.
Increasing your dog's confidence in all conditions. These are vital elements of a successful training plan to help our dogs begin to understand life in a different light.
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