Do you have a dog that barks, growls and lunges when passing other dogs on a walk? A cat who urinates outside of its litter box? How about a dog that hides under your bed during thunderstorms? Pet owners that struggle with pronounced pet behavior problems such as these, can often benefit from a behavioral dog trainer who specializes in the field of behavior modification.
Behavior modification is the systematic approach to changing a dog’s emotional response to a particular stimulus. Where traditional dog obedience training focuses on training specific commands like sit, stay and down, behavior modification focuses on changing a dog’s reaction to a certain circumstance. The circumstance can involve a person, an object, another animal or even a sound. However, many behavior modification plans often incorporate the use of traditional dog training commands. The execution of these trained behaviors are the foundation to a successful behavior modification plan.
Since not all dog behavior problems are exactly the same, the first step will be a behavior modification consultation. The consultation will allow the trainer to get to the bottom of what is happening, make a clear assessment of your dog's behavior and formulate a training plan. The plan should provide step by step instructions including specific training techniques, triggers to avoid and management solutions to help your dog reach its full potential.