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Problem dog behaviour from one of the few qualified and experienced behaviourist in Scotland
Problems such asDog Fears and phobia's (fireworks, thunder, loud noises, people)
Dog Aggression towards people (biting, lunging, growling, snapping, barking)
Dog Aggression towards dogs or animals (biting, lunging, growling, snapping, barking)
Dog Barking/growling inappropriately
Dog Destruction/Chewing of your home or car
Dog Separation related disorders (only when you leave)
Dog House training (out with the normal puppy stage of 6 months)
Dog Attention seeking (stealing, barking, biting, crying, whining)
Dog Running away (from home or when out walking)
Dog Tail chasing or any other repetitive behaviour
Unfortunately there is no magic wand or quick fix when it comes to modify a dogs behaviour. This is because they have learned over a period of time how to act, re-act both physically and emotionally to a given situation. With understanding of why the dog does this we can then provide a behaviour modification plan, advice and training, which has then to be implemented to allow you (with our guidance) to teach your dog a new and more acceptable way to behave.
To assist owners in how best to understand and rectify or manage a problem they may have with their dog.
Home visits are available upon request. &nb sp;
Each case is treated individually, evaluating the emotional and general mood state together with the motivational cause - most importantly the cause is treated rather than the behaviour.
Cases should be referred by the owners veterinary surgeon, assuring the owner that the problem is not medically related - this can be particularly appropriate if the behaviour has had a sudden onset.
Initial contact should be made either via the telephone, email or by submitting the QUESTIONNAIRE, at which point basic details will be take and a suitable appointment time can be made.
A consultation usually last between two and a half to three hours, during which time a full assessment of the dog and the owners interaction with the dog will be made together with in-depth history taken. From this information a personalised behaviour modification program can be implemented. This may take into account training and owner intervention but most importantly an understanding of why the behaviour has occurred and how to improve/prevent it in the future.
Contact will then be made via the telephone whereupon if required additional information will be given. For some cases such as aggression a practical follow up session may be advantageous.
Dog/dog aggressive cases may be able to proceed onto the social gatherings once a private assessment and specific treatment plan has been implemented. This will allow you to continue with your progress around other dogs (often something owners find difficulty with), in a safe and controlled way. More details will be given during the consultation if suitable.
Often asked questions -
1. Why cant the behaviour change right away?
answer - the dog has learned over a period of time that the behaviour he does works to achieve his desired goal, which may not be the same as ours. As well as a consequence to an action this also has an emotional attachment to, i.e. a dog barks, prehaps because he is fearful, anxious, excited, frustrated, etc he can't change how he feels about the situation overnight. If he has been doing it for 6 months he will need time to learn a new routine.
2. Why can't I just send the dog away for someone else to change their behaviour?
answer - for most behaviour's they are influenced by the dogs environment, others around them, both human and other animals as well as what goes on even before the incident. Therefore if the dog was with someone else, in a different situation its quite possible they wouldn't perform the same way, which doesn't mean the behaviour is fixed it merely implies the dog feels different in that situation. Very likely once back home the behaviour will just pick up again.
3. How much time and effort will I as an owner need to put in to achieve a desirable result?
answer - that depends on many things. How long the dog has been practicing the behaviour, what the dog gets out of it, what's influencing the behaviour, how motivated both the dog and you as an owner are to modify what you currently have. As a guideline if the plan is followed most owners can start to see a difference within a few days, the dog being calmer, more responsive, less reactive, with most cases taking several weeks or months depending on what you started with and how much you put into it. Though it has to be added in very few cases if severe, it will possibly be more of a management of the situation but it will still be much better than what you had to start with.
4. Does that mean lots of work and time?
answer - no not usually, its more about consistently following the plan. The behaviour modification plan is designed on the merits of each case, we take into account what the owners are likely to achieve, otherwise it wouldn't be followed. It may mean changing some of the things you do with your dog but it wouldn't be a major change unless the dogs needs weren't being met.
5. What do you mean by the dogs needs being met?
answer - for a dog to be contented they need a certain amount of physical and mental stimulation as well as a healthy diet. They also need attention and time spent with them. If an owners lifestyle cannot provide the required needs for their dog then its unlikely the dogs behaviour will ever improve sufficiently.If required this would be discussed to provide you options.
6. Why do you NOT use, check/choke chains, prong/spike collars, electric E collars, or physical punishment even including water sprays or a can full of pebbles?
answer - In my option using bullying tactics will only make a dog fearful of you, not a desirable affect. Especially when you can achieve results in a more positive way. Think of how you would prefer to learn something new, would you rather be bullied into it or shown properly and reinforced positively? Its not about making a dog 'do' what we want its about teaching the dog to understand what we would like him to do and for the dog to 'want' to do it. Also if you have a do who may be showing undesirable behaviours because it is afraid or anxious i.e. barking and lunging at other dogs, causing the dog pain and discomfort with a choke chain every time it sees another dogs will not make the dog like other dogs more in fact its is highly likely to dislike other dogs even more and therefore the behaviour will worsen. Yes the dog may be quieter to begin with but it doesnt mean given the change the dog wont take further action if it can.
7. Will neutering my dog help with problem behaviours?
answer - This is a bit of a misconception. If your dog is mounting other dogs, people and or objects in the home; if he is running off for long periods of time chasing after bitches in season; if he is lifting his leg indoors; then having him neutered MAY be beneficial BUT if its part of a learned behaviour then other additional changes will likely be required. If your dog is fearful or anxious having him neutered would very likely make matters worse. Therefore I would advise having the assessment first before taking this irreversible action. Generally dogs over three years old will rarely see any significant changes with neutering.