Getting Started - The Initial Consultation
- Puppy class is for puppies under 6 months of age. It is an important bonding and learning time for both owner and puppy. Your puppy will learn the basic commands that will be used throughout its life. They will also understand the pecking order and its place within the family (pack).
- Puppy class consists of:
- Proper socialization techniques
- Family inclusive education
- Addressing “growing pains” of puppy-hood
- Addressing and managing chewing
- Using food and praise!
- Housebreaking problems
- Separation anxiety
- Teaching "keeping it fun'" (no pressure)
Intermediate obedience class
- The intermediate obedience class is for the dog and owner that are ready to start working on the commands that will be used in your everyday life. You and your dog will learn how to handle a variety of scenarios and situations. This class focuses on distractions and distance control using group participation.
- Intermediate Class will also focus on:
- Strenghtening the bond with your dog
- Learning a variety of commands and practice them in situations of varying stress levels
- Leash aggression and how to work your dog through it
- Demand, enforce and maintain high expectations from your dog
- Off-leash work
AgGressive Dog Behavior Modification
Common Types of Aggression
- Fear Aggression: Many commonplace human behaviors are threatening gestures to dogs, but their reactions are often times very subtle and easily missed by most people. Anything that can cause your dog to feel distressed or uneasy can illicit an aggressive reaction. Triggers can include: sustained eye contact, pressure over the top of the head, lifting or rolling the dog, bending over the top of or crowding the dog, or a feeling of being trapped.
- Territorial Aggression: Dogs can react aggressively when a person comes into an area that it regards as its home. There is often a basis of anxiety in dogs that have territorial aggression.
- Possessive Aggression: When aggression is directed toward a person that the dog views approaching or taking something of high value (food, toys, family members).
- Redirected Aggression: When the dog is frustrated by the inability to reach an object or person, or doesn't understand what is being asked of it, that can trigger it to act aggressively toward a person that is within reach.
- Dominance Aggression: True dominance aggression is rare. Most often aggressive acts are based out of another type of motivation. Usually what is assumed to be dominance aggression is actually based out of fear or anxiety.