FEAR, ANXIETY & REACTIVITY
ITS ABOUT INCREASING THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND SAFETY FOR ALL!
FEAR & ANXIETY
Its real for them! Lets help them learn to cope and feel happier about what ever is stressing them! From social anxiety with dog to dog greetings or learning to interact with humans - fear and anxiety can be crippling to a dog. When not addressed in a timely manner or inappropriate pressure has been applied - this can quickly escalate to an aggressive response and/or reactive behaviour.
Does your dog soil itself when about to be touched?
Does your dog shut down and tries to disappear?
Does your dog suffer from Separation Anxiety?
Does your dog door or pant in excessive?
It is important that we help your dog change the way it feels now!
Does your dog have over the top reactions to other dogs, people, or other environmental objects? Is your dog behavior embarrassing? Feeling out of control and find yourself breaking down after a walk? Are you a midnight walker wanting to get out into the sun?
THIS IS DISTANCE INCREASING BEHAVIOR THAT CAN QUICKLY BECOME DISTANCE DECREASING BEHAVIOR!
Your dogs now very vocalized communication is saying:
"GO AWAY RIGHT NOW!"
"I DON'T LIKE THAT!"
"DON'T DO IT!"
"OMG - WHAT IS THAT!"
THE GREY ZONE - AGGRESSION
DOG TO DOG AND/OR DOG TO HUMAN
It doesn't get any tougher then this! Your dog has elicited a bite higher then Level 2 and/or repeatedly to another dog or person. Now causing damage and you're on house arrest with your dog! You may have or have no idea why your dog did this, but it needs to stop to save lives! The conversation is never easy, the thought of the last incident makes your heart drop and your even fearful of what your dog will do and when. First thing is first - SEEK VETERINARY SUPPORT! This is a crucial step to rule out any underlying issues that may cause pain induced aggression and have that open conversation on obtaining medication for behavior modification programs.
Pain induced aggression responses will be determined by the dog level of pain and its coping ability. It's no joke - your dog will bite you to stop doing what you're doing! Pain can be caused by injuries and illness. From arthritis to cancer, bladder infections / obstruction, even unknown sensory impairments, and cognitive dysfunctions. Ignoring the initial signs of aggression (growling; muzzle lift; tough flicks/thrusts; freezing; whale eye; etc) was the norm - but no more! ONLY A VETERINARIAN CAN RULE OUT PAIN INDUCED AGGRESSION! This is a prerequisite before starting any of Tara's behavior modification programs when training a dog with an aggression response.
Behavior aggression has been rewarded - whatever was happening that they didn't like - it stopped because of a show of aggression and/or a bite was administered. So now, the dog knows it works, and is now the go to behavior and tool, because we humans failed at recognizing the first steps of communication. Even sometimes the communication has been suppressed by force, intimidation/fear tactics, and/or outdated training methods. Sometimes we can rewind this with training and reteach the dog that "Yes! - we are watching and listening" and "Thank you for growling! " and now "How can we help you?". Depending on what makes your dog become and respond aggressively will determine how your program is set up.
We can no longer allow the dog to learn or think that they need to protect themselves or us! In today's progressive society - its not needed, and is unsafe to make a dog in any environment be subjected to such training methods and outcomes when they are a pet, a companion, or a friend. Leave that to the working police dogs! If you have an aggressive dog and want help - contact Tara today to discuss her Aggression Reduction Treatments (A.R.T) through the two types behavior modification programs now available:
AGGRESSION. REDUCTION . TREATMENT.
Pain Induced Aggression must be ruled out and dogs to be Muzzle acclimated.
THE PATH OF A.R.T.
Here we use positive reinforcement, desensitization, counter conditioning, time, patience and practice. The use of food and rewards are very high with each interaction and training session. High emphasis on making safer alternative choices while phasing out food and increasing the reward for akeing the right and safer choice.
This program is normally used for dogs able to still take in food, have no food allergies, is not on a raw diet and still have some ability to be handled and free roam to help in assisting increasing natural and friendly behaviors. Generalization training comes after you have established the foundation for each environment/situation, and fully understand what you need to do for each situation and interaction.
All dogs must be Muzzle acclimated for safety until the Trainer deems safe to remove. The Baskerville Muzzle is the number one choice!
THE PATH OF A.R.T. PROGRAM
THE A.R.T. OF C.A.T.
This program is for dogs that have food sensitivities, on a raw diet, cannot take in food due to arousal levels and cannot be handled unless by their owner only. After we have established the boundary and threshold zone, we start our trials. In the beginning, there are no food rewards, until we reach and the dog shows crossover friendly behaviors. Typically medication for behavior modification is not used for this program.
This program takes a team: The handler of the aggressive dog, the certified and experienced dog trainer, the monitor (1-2 people for video and marking), 1 other dog (for dog to dog aggression), and the other people who want to be in the dogs future. Generalization training will come after fluency of friendly behaviors for each person/dog and each handler fully understands what they need to do for each new encounter and situation.
All dogs must be Muzzle acclimated for safety until the Trainer and Owner deems safe to remove.
THE A.R.T. OF C.A.T. PROGRAM
DISCLAIMER AND NOTICES WHEN WORKING WITH REACTIVE AND AGGRESSIVE DOGS
Tara's methods must not be used in conjunction with any other service provider or training program unless previously discussed. That the service or training is of quality and is creating a supportive and positive producing outcomes in addition to your program. Why? All humans involved in the dogs rehabilitation program need to know all of what the dog is experiencing. Was is good or bad; Is it helping or is it hindering progress? Every step we take in training is monitored and measured for success! How much you work with your dog, will show how in your dogs behavior. Sometimes training reaches an end point, and Tara will be there all the way!
(Effective October 2020 there will be a $60 deposit in order to secure the first Session.
(There still is no cancellation fee, your appointment can be held for up to 30 days and reappointed to a better availability)
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