Behavior problems can present as overexcitement, fear, anxiety, aggression, or some combination -- and they can mean added stress on you and the whole family. Behavior modification requires practice and patience, and we will work together to determine the best training plan for your pooch. Below are some typical behavior issues that I regularly help clients address.
Leash reactivity is the most common behavioral issue that dog owners face. Whether your dog is reactive to other dogs, people, cars, or squirrels, and whether he pulls, lunges, whines, barks, or growls, we can address it.
REACTIVITY TO NEW PEOPLE
Is your dog jumping or barking at visitors who enter your home or strangers he meets on walks? Or perhaps he's timid or anxious when meeting new people.
We can teach your pooch be calm and confident!
If your dog whines, barks, howls, or gets destructive when you're not around, separation anxiety is a real possibility. Let's work together and teach him that's it's OK to be alone and relieve your frustration, worry, or guilt.
A dog bolting out the
door can be inconvenient at best and frightening
at worst. There are simple ways to teach your dog that the front door is a boundary he is not to cross unless you give him the go-ahead.
Does your dog bark, lunge, or bite at your fence if the neighbor dog is outside? Does he ignore your efforts to get him to stop or come inside? This is a common issue, and we can help your dog stay calm when he's in your yard.
REACTIVITY TO OUTSIDE STIMULI
If your dog seems to bark at every noise he hears, or every person or dog who walks near your home, you are not alone! This can be a fear/anxiety response, territorial behavior, or simply boredom. We can address it!
If your dog continues to get into things, chew or eat items like socks, dig in your yard, or shows other signs of destruction, this may no longer be "puppy troublemaking" and likely has become a behavioral issue. Let's fix it!
LACK OF BOUNDARIES
Dogs need clear, consistent rules. If your dog doesn't respond to your direction, barks at you to demand attention, etc., we can work to set boundaries and help him be the best version of his doggy-self.