Behavior issues mean different things to different people. For some, these may include things such as getting help with housetraining a dog or puppy, or getting them to stop jumping on people, or chewing on the furniture, or, um, well, showing amorous behavior to any object that crosses their path.
While these are behavioral issues, they are the type that can be addressed in our other coaching programs.
The Behavior Modification sessions that Waggers Dog Works℠ offers addresses the issues that pertain to dogs who are having issues of reactivity. - Yeah, I just got all fancy on you, didn't I? Reactivity is simply where a dog will react to situations in a way that is exaggerated by human standards. As the well-known sage, Inigo Montoya, once said:
"Let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up." :
If you have a dog that you consider "aggressive" or "fearful", where they pretty much go nuts when they see another dog, or when people approach it (or you), you may have a reactive dog. These dogs can be helped to where you can keep them calm in this situation. How calm will depend on two factors:
- The dog's predisposition and innate temperament, and
- How much you, as the dog's person, are willing to work with your dog.
This service begins with an initial consultation, needed to help determine the best course of action to take. From the findings from this consultation, a behavior modification protocol will be developed and established.
No program can guarantee your dog will be "cured" of its behavior issue(s). It is imperative that the owner understands that a dog with these types of issues will in all likelihood require a long-term commitment (in some cases for the life of their dog) in order to help the dog out. This program will improve your dog's behavior and will give the owner the knowledge and confidence to keep advocating for their dog.