Do you often
feel frustrated, angry or upset with your dog? Or is your dog
often acting upset, frightened, anxious or showing signs of aggression around people or other dogs?
Maybe you can't take the dog on a walk because he
pulls your arm out of your socket, or barks and lunges at every other
dog she sees. Maybe
you're afraid to have friends visit because your dog is overly rowdy or fearful. Maybe the dogs in your household aren't getting along, your
dog growls at you over a bone or barks hysterically whenever someone
goes by your house. Whatever it is, it's no fun--for either of you.
I want both you and your dog
to be safe, happy and enjoy your lives together. The key to solving behavior issues is--early intervention! Dogs with problems rarely wake up one morning and decide to behave differently just cuz. Something has to change.
folks show up at the Humane Society to surrender a dog because of
behavior problems, they often tell me that "they tried everything" and
nothing work. It turns out, though, that there's one thing they didn't try:
Picking up the phone and asking a professional dog trainer for help.
don't know what I can do to help you and your dog: you and your dog
are individuals and every situation is unique. What I do know is that
there are tried and tested behavior treatments that
can substantially improve, reduce or eliminate most problem behaviors in
most pet dogs. And that the sooner you start, the easier and faster it is
to make those changes.