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Behaviour modification

YOUR DOG NEED
NOT SUFFER ANOTHER DAY

This training is specifically targeted toward fixing emotionally-charged issues from barking, growling, lunging on their lead to exhibiting fearfulness of strange environments or events like having guests in your home or visiting a new place.

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Understand the problem

There is a major difference between a dog that needs to learn some good manners, to a dog that has learnt that the world can be a scary place.

Behaviour modification training addresses the role of you the owner, with your dog, and not only gains a deeper understanding of why your dog is behaving that way, but what the cause is and how we go about fixing the problem.

 

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Personalised solutions

Even when presented with the same type of problem, no two dogs are the same, so no two cases are the same. 

When working through a behaviour modification plan we discuss your specific challenges in detail. In the majority of these cases, we delve deep into all the problems you are facing.

The training process is kept simple and for everyone to be easily able to follow from day one.  

 

Train with compassion and understanding, not pain and fear

Beware the trainer that promises or guarantees that they can solve these types of problems in one session. In fact, they can often make it worse. Remember, ‘experience’ doesn’t always equal expertise. 

Often in these cases the trainer is resorting to punishment using punitive methods – pain or avoidance, instead of teaching your dog to avoid the behaviour, we focus on teaching the right behaviours the first time. 

 

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the Process

1

assess

Work to gain a complete picture of what your dog’s communication as well as understanding their behaviour.

2

implement

Implement both management and training strategies that support your dog and change their behaviour.

3

train

Gain a thorough understanding of your responses to your dog & how you can communicate better.

Management and Training gets the best results

I believe strongly in transparency.

I am not going to be able to fix a reactivity, aggression or fear-based problem in one session.

Most pet-parents come to me after years of putting up with behaviour and only reach out at their breaking point – that means there is often years of reinforcement history to undo and quick fixes are just not going to work.

I try and provide management strategies from day one – these are what you might think of as ‘band-aid’ solutions – anything that can help reduce the intensity of the behaviour and to try, where possible, to prevent the behaviour from occurring going forward. 

Some cases have effectively used management strategies to help reduce the problem behaviour so much so, that additional training was not required – they could find a happy balance at home going forward. I aim to provide a mix of management and training wherever possible for the best possible outcome.

Frequently asked questions and answers

It can be difficult to tell if your dog is just in need of basic manners or requires a behaviour modification plan. The general rule of thumb is if you’re asking yourself this question, it’s likely they need behaviour modification. That’s why we offer our free phone consultation to be able to make sure you’re booking in the right consultation.

If your dog requires behaviour modification and also needs good manners, we start with the behaviour modification and can add good manners into the mix once we have a handle on the more challenging behaviours first.

As each dog is an individual, we can only train the dog in front of us so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. There are a few factors that will affect progress, namely the severity of your dog’s challenges, how much time you are able to commit to train with your dog and how predictable we can make the dog’s environment. Mild challenges may be resolved with the initial four core lessons alone, but the average dog takes about 8 lessons, and some need more than that. 

This is why we offer the 4-week package with constant contact, homework and weekly lessons, to support you in the plan, answer your questions and to ensure that you start to see results, and then after that, we can schedule times to suit your needs.  

In extreme behaviour cases, we will sometimes refer you back to your vet to check any medical reasons for the behaviour, before starting a program. If I believe that the training requires a consultation with a Behaviour Veterinarian then we will also recommend one for you to assess and work with us to help your dog.

 

That would be easier for both of us, wouldn’t it! Unfortunately, as behaviour cases are more pressing issues than your average jumping on guests dog, you still have to live with your dog for the duration of the training. Because behaviour modification is not a quick solution, and the challenges can be harder to handle,  we find that the best practise is to be able to work together as a team – you, me and your dog – for the most successful outcome, in the least amount of time. This means arming you with the knowledge you need to help understand, reduce the behaviour in management and work hard during the week training with your dog when I’m not there.

I generally work with dogs that are reactive and fearful. I can work with dogs that have mild issues related to separation but believe that there are better suited, specialised trainers that work in this space – I highly recommend seeking out a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT) https://malenademartini.com/ for high/severe cases.

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