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BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION

A well-trained dog is one that

enjoys obeying commands.

At The Dog Guru we endeavour to meet the particular needs of each individual client, tailoring specific training plans in order to tackle a range of behavioural problems.

The process of behaviour modification contains two important factors:

  • Gaining control

  • Desensitising your dog from triggers that cause bad behaviour

In order to achieve such goals, a positive association must be created through training. Ideally this should be done at your home where you and your dog will receive undivided attention, in an area where your dog is most relaxed. Once comfortable in the home environment, your dog will then learn how to perform the same commands and tasks in different environments.

Our trainers use the clicker method, as it’s proven to be the fastest and most effective way for teaching new commands and behaviour. Once your dog has learnt the commands, the owner will be able to do the same (without the clicker).

Lessons are not limited by time.

The trainer will stay for as long as necessary, until both dog and owner know and understand given commands- (usually between 3-5 hours). A session includes an assessment of your dog at your home, bonding and teaching commands indoors, followed by taking the dog for a walk to a park and going through the procedures the owner must learn.

Behaviour modification deals with the behaviour and

state of mind of your dog, regardless of whether any command is given.

Many trainers deal with behavioural problems by using discipline rather than motivation. Motivating and shaping dog behaviour is a superior way of dealing with issues, as a dogs’ basic instinct is to please its’ owner.

Dog behaviour is determined by 3 factors:

 

  The Past: Experiences in a dogs’ past will influence its present behaviour.

 

The Present: The experiences a dog is having at present will affect current behaviour, (i.e.) changing the environment or

having another dog handler will help change your dogs behaviour.

 

   Genes: Different breeds were developed to emphasise different canine traits or certain types of behaviour that man decided to exaggerate: for example the herding instinct for Shepherd dogs or aggression/determination for Terriers.

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We can interfere with these three things by changing our present attitudes and channeling the dogs’ traits towards a more acceptable behaviour. All dogs’ problems can be assessed and improved. 


Our experienced trainer has worked with many dogs with behaviour issues, including rescue and abandoned dogs. If your dog shows signs of behaviour problems such as aggression, shyness, or obsessions, behaviour modification therapy will be needed.

Many dog owners tend to ignore such behaviour, but with just a little understanding you can find out what affects your dog. Simple measures such as knowing the right time to say “Good dog” can lead to a much better life for both owner and pet. Dog behavioural problems do not improve with time unless you are actively working on changing them.

Michael Israelite, 

The Dog Guru