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Behaviour Consulting Service

“If you talk to animals, they will talk with you and you will know each other.

If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear.

What one fears, one destroys.”

(Chief Dan George)

Obedience training teaches responses to signals, cues or commands.

Behaviour modification seeks to alter the unwanted behaviour by changing the dog’s emotional response to reactive or scary situations. Developing alternative behaviours that are not compatible to the unwanted behaviour. Extinguishing the behaviour or managing the unacceptable behaviour.

Does your dog have a behaviour problem you need help with?

Some examples:

House soils. Destructive chewing. Digging. Shyness. Pacing. Excessive barking. Play nips. Eats food off the table. Eats non- food items. Exhibits aggression toward other dogs. Exhibits aggression towards children or adults. Runs away. Destructive scratching. Separation anxiety. Phobias e.g. scared of going in water, scared of noise. These are just a few examples, if you need help on these or another issue please contact us, we promise not to bite.

Some behaviour issues are quite easy to deal with, while others can be very difficult.

Owners or guardians are quite often frustrated because they think they have a “bad” dog, or they are at a loss of knowing how to deal with the problem, therefore, unfortunately, dogs frequently receive unnecessary punishment.

Our methods reduce the tension for both the dog and handler. Explaining the program and the steps, how it relates to the issue in question, using positive reinforcement instead of punishment, reduces the stress and tension for both dog and people.

We have a positive reinforcement approach to all training and behaviour issues, based on Behavioural science and incorporating the latest developments with proven positive methods from decades of experience.

We ask you to fill out a detailed form, the more we know about your pet’s history and daily routine the better, as this information will help us in designing a program to deal with the problem behaviour.

Please note, minor behaviour problems, can be dealt with in one or two sessions. More complex and difficult cases will require several sessions.

At the consultation we will discuss your main issue, explain how we are going to approach the problem and begin the program. Throughout the program, we will work with you and demonstrate all the exercises and procedures necessary. You will also receive detailed notes that explains the steps specific to the lesson(s).

Please contact us by phone or email.