This service is for any dog with behavioral issues.
We design a custom Behavior Modification Plan that will address your concerns. Problem behaviors that can be addressed in this plan include:
Aggression toward people
Aggression toward other dogs
Fearful/Shyness toward strangers
Fearful/Shyness toward other dogs
This program includes phone and email support. The initial consultation is for 2 hours with email written assessment. Additional sessions will be for one hour.
Review of canine body language
Any additional handouts emailed
As you can see this dog is clearly saying "Stay Away" in all of his body language.
Let me point out what these signals are...
Sign of tension, usually following agnostic pucker.
Involuntary response to stress.
Whites of eyes.
Lips that are drawn away from teeth with the corners of the mouth forward.
This is a request for an increase in distance.
Ears drawn out to the sides in a state of conflict.
FLARED WHISKERS: Whiskers are flared forward when dogs are in an aroused state or when fearful.
FULL BODY STIFFNESS:
Not free flowing, sign of extreme stress.
FACIAL MUSCLE RIDGES: Sign of extreme stress.
All behavior is functional – we do not behave in a vacuum, so behavior serves a purpose. When we are changing behavior, we need
to understand what the purpose of that behavior is – what function does it serve? Aggression can serve different purposes, but it usually revolves around one thing – increasing distance between the dog and whatever it is aggressing toward. So, if your dog is snarling at you, he’s actually telling you that your are too close – too close to his food, too close to his body, too close to his resting place, etc. Most aggressive displays are actually a form of communication, and indicate that the dog does not really wish to hurt you. Even snapping and nipping are communications – if the dog really wanted to hurt you, he could.
If you act on the assumption that your dog is dominant, you are probably ignoring his warning and moving closer to him; this is unlikely to resolve the problem and may very well make it worse. Your dog is communicating with you, but you are not getting the message. So, he’ll growl louder, show more teeth, etc. Humans do the same thing; when we think someone didn’t hear us, we shout – even when it’s someone who we know doesn’t speak the same language we do, our tendency is to talk louder, even though we know they don’t understand what we’re saying!
At Clicker Canines, we customize a behavior modification plan specifically for your dog. Our goal is to teach your dog to like you being close to him and his possessions. Rather than simply suppressing his aggressive displays (which could, literally,end up biting you in the butt!), we change the way your dog feels about your proximity.
Please pay attention to your dog's body language. If he is shaking, has a closed mouth, tucked tail, is panting, has pinned ears and/or dilated pupils, you’ll know these are signs that your dog is under stress and uncomfortable with the situation. Our goal is for your dog to be comfortable and relaxed in these situations. Please read the position statement below by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has Position Statement Articles on the following: Punishment, Dominance, Puppy Socialization and How to Choose a dog trainer, please educate and learn.
Behavior Consultation Testimonial (Success Story!!)
I found Patricia when I thought there was no hope for Ollie, a dog I found in the woods by our house
a year ago. Ollie followed me and my other dog home one day after we spotted her several times
while on walks and began bringing her food and water. She got along great with our other dog and
was a sweetheart in the house with family and friends,even with small children. My husband and I fell
in love with her and decided to keep her. After a few weeks we started to notice that she was reactive
while outside on walks and in unfamiliar environments. We worked with a trainer and pushed her to
meet other dogs and people to "socialize" her. She did okay once she learned who certain people and
dogs were and in environments that she visited several times, but still struggled with anything
unexpected. We could not walk her without her lunging and barking unexpectedly at people, dogs,
cars, strollers, bikes, etc. We couldn't figure out a pattern of why she reacted when she did. Luckily
I found Patricia and she was willing to take on our case. After 6 lessons spread out over a few months
(and with a lot of practice in between lessons) I have seen consistent behavior changes. Patricia's
extremely detailed pattern exercises teach Ollie to change her emotional response when she
encounters something that makes her anxious - this method of training brings about consistent,
permanent behavior changes. Using Patricia's methods, I now watch Ollie as she sees something that
makes her anxious, stopsand thinks for a moment (where she used to lunge and bark), and turn away from the stimulus to run
to me for a click and a treat rather than reacting to and fixating on the stimulus. It is amazing and encouraging. It takes a lot
of practice, but when you see this kind of permanent change it's exciting and gives you motivation to keep it up.
Patricia is a life-saver! ~ Tina Maloney and Ollie
Update-9 months later:
Hi there! She is doing GREAT in the park. We are closing the gap between her and people, bikes, cars and she's doing so well. Still need to keep more distance when we see dogs but I have been able to get her to "look and come" if the distance is great enough. There is a little dog off-leash in the park sometimes and I let Ollie meet him and now they are "park friends". She is very good with him - they chase each other and walk around sniffing things together - it's pretty cute. She seems to be good off-leash with other dogs. And her tail and demeanor is very friendly with this little dog that we see in the park. We have found our "groove", have definitely built up trust and become less scared/ reactive. So we're doing well! Thanks so much for all your help, I never thought Ollie would have a friend! It's been such a blessing to see her transformation, since we found her in the forest 1.5 years ago. We will stay in touch, Thanks Patricia!