Dog Behavioral Modification
What happens when your pet seems out of control? What if you could get them to stop barking, destroying furniture, or jumping on guests?
Sometimes your dogs actions aren’t matter of training, but rather a reaction to strong emotion. Dogs experience strong emotions like fear and happiness just like you do. These emotions can take over and create what is known as a reactive dog. Reactive dogs call for a deeper and more patient approach. Behavior modification is an applied process based on the principles of operant conditioning, that replaces unwanted or “negative” behaviors with more desirable ones through positive reinforcement. We use knowledge of conditioning approaches to understand your dog. Next, we look at the individual dog, the triggering stimuli, and take careful note of emotional thresholds. Finally, we work to counter-condition your dog so that your dog can respond calmly to a situation instead of reacting wildly. We have built our success upon the science of conditioning and behavior shaping.
A Kind and Caring Approach
Like our dog training, Total Pet Care behavioral programs are relationship based. We utilize rewards over punishment and patience over pain. Studies indicate that 15,000 years of domestication in dogs makes them eager to please people and very open to picking up communication. Once dogs feel safe and protected, they are calm and happy.
How does behavior modification work?
Total Pet Care uses rewards to regain attention and control of your dog’s behavior from the trigger causing the reaction. We also combine rewards with specialized verbal and non-verbal communication techniques to calm the dog and reinforce desired behaviors. In some cases such as anxiety, we also communicate to the dog that he or she is safe and cared for and that the trigger will not hurt the dog as long as you are there.
Behavior Modification Programs
- REACTIVE ROVER is our program for reactive dogs, dogs that overreact to certain stimuli. They might bark and lunge at people (including kids), other dogs, or freak out at loud noise or other environmental factors.
- FRAIDY FIDO is designed to address behaviors rooted in extreme fear and intense or long-term anxiety. Signs of anxiety include: aggression, going potty in the house, drooling, panting, destructive behavior, depression, excessive barking, pacing, restlessness, and repetitive and/or compulsive behaviors. If you are seeing these behaviors in your dog, you may want to schedule a consultation
- RED ROVER is for dogs who exhibit aggressive behavior. Aggressive behavior is not isolated to so-called “dangerous breeds” It can manifest in any dog. Dogs who growl, snap, or bite on a regular basis. Check with your veterinarian first to rule out medical causes if your dog shows aggressive tendencies. Once a medical cause is ruled out, contact us to schedule a consultation