METHODS AND APPROACH
1. Safety for humans, visitors, public, other animals and the animal themselves.
The feeling of safety is seated in both physical and emotional states of being.We do not teach new skills using pain or intimidation or elicit fear and discomfort to mask behavior rather we work together as a team.There is a problem and together we solve it. We teach the dog new skills so they have the tools to make more appropriate choices rather than relying on what comes instinctively to them when presented with stimuli in the environment.
2. Behavior Change through root cause analysis– we determine the circumstances that are driving the behaviors and what's motivating it. Testing your dog will help to determine if the behavior is seated in fear, overexcitement, a lack of impulse control, frustration tolerance, lack of mental and/or physical stimulation or potentially medical conditions such as pain, sleep disturbances, nutritional elements or a host of other medical conditions that we rule out with a qualified veterinarian.
3. Management - We set up the environment to create success and to stop the dog from practicing the undesired behaviors. The more undesired behaviors are practiced the more likely they will become a habit and turn into a ritual that they turn to reinforce getting what they need and want. While we are in the process of teaching new skills, bridging synapsis and creating new neurological pathways in the brain management skills are temporary tools.
4. Root Cause to Change – here is where the actual behavior modification process begins. Based on the knowledge achieved in the initial consultation we are ready to start to train alternative more socially acceptable behavior. We usually find that what is driving the behavior is a combination of multiple issues, so we give your pup the tools to help meet those needs and a more socially appropriate way while educating you on how to help guide the dog and create a path of least resistance to help meet those needs.
5. New Skills - we start introducing new behaviors that are more desirable and can be used in place of the response that has already become a habit. The new skills are used to counter condition the instinctual response and desensitize the pup to create more neutral responses to things that seem to trigger undesired behavior.
6. We cover body language, stress, how to recognize triggers/ what leads up to instances which allows you to turn those situations into training opportunities rather than situations that you avoid or continue to repeat.