Behaviour Therapy

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We cover a comprehensive list of the most common and important behavior situations relating to dogs.  As an owner, a dog's behavior plays a key role in making a great home even better.  If your dog's behavior could use some improvement we can help.  From Anxiety, fear, chewing, barking, chasing and more we can help you and your dog reach the desired behaviour and relationship. 

 

 

Aggression and Reactivity

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If you have a dog that shows signs of aggression or barks and lunges on leash know you are not alone and that we can help.  There are many types of aggression however 3 main categories are often what owners struggle with, Dog/Dog, Dog/Human, and Food/Toy Guarding

Almost all dogs who show signs of aggression are fearful and this is something that many people don't realize.  Many people either don't know what to do and hide their dog at home where they do not have to face embarrassing displays of their dogs behaviour or many people use or learn the dominant or alpha theory in an attempt to show their dog who's boss instead of trying to work with their dog and get to the root cause of their fear.   What owners don't understand is that the Alfa or Dominance method can cause the problem to become worse rather than better.  Isolation causes frustration and furthers your dogs inability to deal with the world outside and Dominance invokes more fear rather than respect from your dog.

 
What can I say… we purchased a puppy who turned out to be a lot more than we bargained for. Charlie is the happiest dog, full of life, energy and intelligence. He has a sensitive soul and has never responded well to harsh words. At 5 months, even with all of our other training attempts, we were at our wits end! Charlie was demand barking, in and out of the house, he was pulling on walks, he was mouthing people all the time, biting ankles and an overall general nuisance. He was going to become a big dog, and these were going to turn into big problems.

We hired Heidi at first for a few private lessons and then sent him to her for 2 weeks. We called this “boot camp”. He came back to us a different dog. There was no demand barking, no mouthing, better walking skills and a much better behaved dog. Heidi trained us on what to do and what not to do. Although, WE forgot some of the instructions, Charlie didn’t (for the most part). He is awesome!

Four months passed and we sent him back to Heidi as we couldn’t get a handle on his barking in the yard. Our neighbors, although lovely people, were getting annoyed. He came back, 2 weeks later, fixed of that pesky habit! Woohoo! Again Heidi showed us what to do and he has yet to revert back to his former self.

To be totally honest, if it wouldn’t have been for Heidi, I’m not sure where we would be right now. As far as I’m concerned she is a miracle worker.

On a side note, when Heidi came to the house the second time to pick up Charlie he couldn’t contain himself. He was soooo happy! He immediately went and stood by the front door waiting to leave. He left with her without a second glance. He had an absolute blast!

I just can’t say enough!
— Rose Borths