SOLVING AND PREVENTING PROBLEMS

As your dog’s trainer, we will team up with you to diagnose your dog’s weaknesses and then work to solve and prevent future problems.

Below are just some examples of problem/solution situations we work with:

AGGRESSION IN YOUR DOG 

Aggression is a correctable behavior because it is not a natural state of mind for a dog. The first step in solving your dog’s aggression problem is figuring out “why” your dog is reacting aggressively. There are different sources of aggressive behavior; below we mention the sources we encounter most often.

Sources of Aggression in your dog:

Your dog is not being stimulated enough. This means that your dog has a lot of extra energy and no place to direct it. This can lead to frustration, anxiety and aggression in your dog. Training will address ways to accomplish fulfilling your dog’s needs through physical and command exercise.

Your dog does not view you as their pack leader. In order to successfully fulfill your dog’s need, you must first understand the nature of your dog. It is your dog’s instinct to want to identify a pack leader. The pack leader’s role is to protect and direct the pack. If you do not claim this role, your dog may become aggressive either by fighting for dominance with other dogs, trying to dominate you or other members of the household, or by expressing fear in aggressive ways. Training will create a line of communication between you and your dog so your dog can come to see you as the pack leader they long for by providing rules and boundaries for your dog.

Gaining control of your dog’s aggressive behavior requires you to first understand the nature of your dog and then to take the steps necessary to change your own behavior. 

RAISING A PUPPY   

Raising a puppy in the first 6 months can be challenging because this is the most important time for teaching your puppy good habits.

We offer Puppy Preschool class once a week that covers topics such as:

  • Housebreaking
  • Chewing
  • Jumping, digging, and play biting
  • Socializing
  • Nutrition, health, and safety
  • Basic commands sit, come, and down
  • Fun games

Once you enroll your puppy into puppy preschool class, you will attend as many classes as you like until your puppy is 6 months.

Puppy Preschool is for puppies 8 weeks to 6 months who have had at least their second round of vaccines, the Bordetella vaccine, and the canine influenza vaccine. However, we recommend that you ask your vet’s opinion for when your puppy will be ready to socialize because this may be different for different dogs. 

Baby Preparation

When you are having a baby, it is important to understand how your dog is going to react to having a new baby in the house.

We will work with you to plan for your new arrive and prepare you for this time with your companion. We recommend taking this class sometime around your 5th and 6th month of pregnancy. This class meets once a month. 

Rescue Rehab 

It is always rewarding to rescue a dog and see their development with the rehabilitation process. According to the Humane Society, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized a year. Luckily, dogs are some of the most resilient creatures on earth so we see many successful rescues where dogs go from being neglected and sheltered to happily swimming off-leash in the lake.

Many rescue dogs are not properly socialized, have been neglected, or abused. Under socialized dogs are often scared of most everything. These dogs need proper socializing in order to become manageable for their owners and to live more relaxing lives. In this type of situation we would make sure to place a strong emphasis on socialization during training. One great program for this type of dog is Group Class. Group class includes owners and dogs that have gone through training and want to practice the commands through group exercises.

A poorly socialized dog can also be hyperactive. These dogs sometimes come from multiple different owners and have developed bad habits such as jumping, leash pulling, bolting and chewing because they have never been shown the proper way to act or to get attention. This type of dog usually gets little freedom because the owner is afraid what may happen if they give it. This cycle only feeds the problem.

Our training programs are specifically designed to help these common types of rescues and others re-learn how to act so they can regain their freedom and confidence. 

 

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