We, Mike Annan, CIPDT, and Jeff Grognet, DVM can help, in two ways.
These are the behaviors that we can help with:
· Lunge at other dogs?
· Lunge at people?
· Exhibit aggressive behavior?
· Lunge, pull, or jump at moving object such as cars or bikes?
· Bark on leash?
· Suffer from separation anxiety?
· Fear or Anxiety disorders?
· OCD disorders/ obsessive behavior?
· Food aggression or resource guarding?
· Excessive territorial behavior?
· React negatively to people or other animals?
· Have over excited reactions to other dogs or people?
· Have you stopped walking your dog because they are just too unmanageable?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we can help.
We have two programs. One is in-person, and the other is a do-it-yourself version. Read on for information to see which one suits you and your dog.
Both programs consist of working with behaviors, some trauma-induced, through graded exposure therapy that helps dogs confront their fears and/or reactivity towards the stimulus. When dogs are fearful and/or exhibit reactive behavior (aggressive or over excited behavior) they tend to avoid or react to objects, activities, or situations.
Although this avoidance/reaction might help reduce feelings of fear or reactivity in the short term, over the long term it can make the behavior become even worse.
We use the ACE Integrated Victory Management training system to create positive outcomes without correction in order to help break the pattern of avoidance and reactivity. Exposure therapy has been scientifically demonstrated to be a helpful treatment or treatment component for a range of problems, including:
Reactivity • Phobias • Panic Disorder • Social Anxiety Disorder • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder • Trauma or Stress Injuries • Generalized Anxiety Disorder • Aggression
Programs take a minimum 3 to 6 months of commitment for your dog to achieve maximum results. Each dog needs ongoing care after this program is complete. Though this program is tailored to your specific dog, there are no guarantees on the final outcome due to the ability of the dog to retrain, as well as the commitment by you and other people that work with the dog.
Our in-person program
Consists of a 60-90 minute consultation that allow us to design a training outline and educate you in the techniques and strategies to use.
We will mentor you through ways to curb your dog’s unwanted behavior hands-on with custom-built homework and advice for you to achieve the greatest results possible with your canine friend.
If you are interested in this, please fill out the form below and we can send information on the steps for setting up the consultation.
Your at-home program
If you do training with your dog and want to learn behavior principles that can be used to turn around problem behavior, then our on-line course is for you. This course is taken by a lot of Dr. Jeff’s veterinary assistant students so that they can learn how to deal with problem dogs at the hospital (and give advice to owners). With many of our behavior consultations, we suggest getting the course as well for a fuller understanding of dog behavior motivation and solutions.
We have set up an example lesson for you to view. It shows you what you’ll see in the course. We use the same principles in our consultations. Click the free lesson button below for access.