Services

WE SPECIALIZE IN AGGRESSION AND PHOBIA’S / ANXIETIES, BUT WE HANDLE A WIDE RANGE OF PROBLEMS AND OFFER THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

Behavioral Evaluation

If you are unsure how severe your problems are and if you can realistically resolve them, this service is for you. We will conduct a detailed and scientific evaluation of your situation. We will honestly inform you if you have a true problem, how severe it is, how much work you are looking at to resolve it and if it is safe for you to resolve it in your specific family situation. Often people are unsure if they should conduct work with their dog, re-home their dog or euthanize their dog. After the evaluation, we will give you a detailed and honest opinion; explaining why the problem is occurring and what would be required to resolve it. We will also provide your general veterinarian with a functional behavioral assessment report, scientifically detailing your situation.

Court Evaluations

If your dog was involved in a bite case, requiring a court appearance, this is essential. If the dog bit or injured another dog, a human or even a child; an evaluation will be required. We will conduct a detailed and scientific evaluation, providing the court with a functional behavioral assessment report and recommendations. Often with modification work, the triggers that caused the incident can be altered and rectified. Once resolved, restrictions or designations (dangerous dog designation, muzzle restrictions, etc), can be changed. More importantly, a dog that the court might want to euthanize can be saved after an evaluation and commitment to conduct the appropriate work.

Behavioral Consultation

This is our most common service. We will conduct the behavioral evaluation (detailed above) and set you up on a modification program to start helping you improve the situation.

After the evaluation segment, we will explain what is causing your problem and why it is occurring. We will then develop a modification program, custom designed for your specific situation. Unlike a cooking recipe, a modification program should never be generic or set up ahead of time. Each dog and case is unique in some way and requires individual planning to resolve.

We will explain and go over the modification program, giving you exercises to begin conducting. After the consultation, we will email you a reminder detailing all these instructions.

Next, we do require you to contact us with progress reports, letting us know how your dog is reacting to the specific modification techniques and exercises. This allows us to track your progress, identify any problems / setbacks and alter / add on new exercises as needed.

We will also advise you if follow ups are required and if so, what package we would recommend for you.

5 Sessions or 10 session – Contact us for pricing

Dog-to-Dog Aggression / Inter-species Aggression

Some dogs display aggression towards other dogs or other animals. There are many causes for this behavior, ranging from lack of socialization, learned behavior, traumatic experiences, a medical problem or simply high prey drive.

We first determine what type of inter-species aggression your dog has, how severe the aggression is and then implement a modification program with the assistance of one of our dogs, to begin reducing the aggression.

Our most successful cases, the dog is transformed from a dog that instantly attacked other animals to a dog that happily plays with other dogs.

We cannot guarantee this for all cases of inter-species aggression. There are some dogs that will not look to interact with other animals but even with these cases we can usually teach the dog to ignore or tolerate other animals, without displaying aggression towards them.

Behavior Modification

5 Sessions or 10 session – Contact us for pricing

Geriatric Consultations

As dogs age, behavioral problems can occur. Dogs can begin to display inappropriate behaviors that never occurred, dogs can begin fighting after living together for years or they simply can appear to be ‘acting old’. Many times this can be rectified with minimal work.

We highly encourage people to be proactive in this area. Having us conduct one session with you can often prevent any of these problems or cognitive declines; allowing you and your dog to live with the best quality of life possible.

Expert Witness Testimony for Court Cases

varies depending upon location and details of the case, call for pricing.

For the Animal Care Professionals

  •  We conduct regular training seminars for many Veterinary offices, Humane societies and Animal Control Officers
  • Veterinary Offices:  This segment discusses how to handle an aggressive dog, how to recognize escalating signs of aggression before a bite / snap, how to handle anxious dogs, how to handle kenneled dogs, how to handle a problem dog when more invasive treatment than normal shots are required and how to avoid redirected aggression. This is followed by a question & answer period.
  • Humane Societies:  This segment discusses various types of leads and collars, how to get a dog from a kennel, how to give a dog to a dog walker, how to present a dog to a prospective owner, how to reduce food aggression, how to reduce dog to dog aggression, how to deal with an aggressive dog or an anxious dog and how to recognize escalating signs of aggression.
  • Animal Control Officers:  This segment discusses how to identify an aggressive dog and determine what type of aggression is occurring, how to deal with it in order to safely secure the dog, how to deal with an anxious dog to safely secure the dog, how to handle a dog fight, how to handle a human directed dog attack in progress and what should be considered for a court hearing (dog bite case) as well as how to prep for court testimony.

What is a behaviorist & what do they do?

A behaviorist is formally educated in the field of applied canine behavior. We utilize scientific methods to evaluate the dog and determine the underlying cause of the behavioral problem. We then custom design a modification program to resolve your specific case, utilizing behavior analysis techniques to track your progress. As we continue to analyze and track your case we adjust your modification program to continue helping you improve.

Why is identifying the underlying cause of the problem such a big deal?

When only the symptom is addressed, it often re-occurs or manifests into other areas. This is like placing the cap on a tube of toothpaste but not sealing holes in the tube. When you squeeze the tube, the paste squirts out through the other holes. By addressing and resolving the underlying cause of the behavior, you are preventing future problems from developing.

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Frequently Asked Question
Why do dogs have separation anxiety?

Many people use the term, Separation anxiety as a catch all to describe a dog’s action given a particular situation.  There are really many types of separation anxiety and many causes for separation anxiety.  Below are just a few of them to give you an idea of the different types.   Since there are many types of separation anxiety, they cannot be treated the same.  Often books, TV shows and the internet; give ‘expert advice’ on how to treat separation anxiety, but without identifying the type and cause for the particular case, this is highly irresponsible and rarely affective.  This is also why simply placing the dog on a medication, rarely works.  The choice of what medication to use, if any, needs to be targeted to the specific type and cause of the dog’s separation anxiety, usually in conjunction with a modification program, to be truly effective.  When we have a client whose dog is suffering from this ailment, we conduct a detailed evaluation to determine the type and cause of the separation anxiety, then design a custom plan to reduce and resolve the problem.

Medical separation anxiety occurs when a dog has an ailment, often unknown to the owners, that causes an insecurity when they are left alone.  Since dogs cannot tell us how they are feeling, they speak to us through their behavior.  Unfortunately, it is not financially realistic for us to do body scans and MRI’s on our canine companions; this is often not discovered from a medical screening but can be recognized by a behavioral evaluation.

Geriatric separation anxiety occurs as a dog ages and during specific situations they become confused and react through behaviors that would be deemed separation anxiety.  Again, this is something that can be identified and treated through a behavioral consultation.

Specific triggered separation anxiety is another form.  This occurs when a dog develops an association towards a specific sight, sound or smell; that caused a traumatic reaction.  Often this manifests into other areas through something known as forward chaining and by the time the owner notices the dog suffering from separation anxiety, it has morphed far from the original issue.  This type of separation anxiety usually requires a behaviorist to evaluate the dog in order to determine the cause and develop a program to resolve the reaction.

Another big form of separation anxiety is dominance based or lack of leadership. If your dog does not feel you are the pack leader then the job of protecting the pack falls to them. Could you imagine how you would feel if you had a young child that you are responsible for and that child walked out of the house and disappeared without you knowing where they went and if they are safe or not. This is what the dog experiences every time you leave the house when they feel they are responsible for your safety. In order to stop the anxiety the dog has to know that you are in charge and not them. While living with us in our world a dog is not capable of being in charge and only can be well behaved and happy if it is clear that you are the alpha, capable of making decisions for the pack and ensuring the safety of the pack. In the wild when the alpha wolf goes out to hunt those that stay behind do not stress over his or her leaving because they are confident in their leadership and know they will return. The alphas comings and goings are never questioned it is their right to do so and canines operate with this same mentality.

This is by No means a complete list, but as you can see from just these few examples, separation anxiety is a complex disorder that cannot be handled through a ‘cookie cutter’ approach.  A dog suffering from this requires a behaviorist to conduct a scientific evaluation to determine what type of separation anxiety is occurring and why it started, so that a Proper modification program can be developed to resolve the behavior.  Often dog’s suffering from separation anxiety display severe behavior or causes substantial damage but the issue can be resolved once the type and cause is determined. We have had many cases where dogs were set to be euthanized or re-homed due to this disorder but after a few weeks of work the situation was resolved.

 

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