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Your dog is displaying aggression, now what?

Start by setting up a Comprehensive Behavior Consultation. All aggression consultations take place in the comfort of your home with Anthony De Marinis, who is an IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. Using positive reinforcement-based methods, Anthony will help provide you and your dog with some relief in a friendly and humane manner. Anthony will NEVER use intimidation, force, fear or harmful training tools on your beloved family pet.

Behavior Modification Addresses Aggressive Behavior Such As:

  • Fear-related Aggression
  • Aggression to people
  • Owner-directed Aggression
  • Aggression towards dogs and other animals
  • Resource Guarding and Territorial Aggression
  • Aggressive, reactive and fearful behavior towards children
  • Leash Reactivity and Leash Aggression on walks, such as barking and lunging &/or biting
  • And Much More!

Behavior Modification programs are designed to meet the needs of each dog and household. Services typically take place in your home, however services can also be provided at other locations of your choice. Working closely with you and your dog, Anthony will take a look at the problem behavior(s), then teach you how to address them by modifying and managing them.

During the Two-Hour Comprehensive Behavior Consultation, Anthony will:

  • Get to know you and your dog with an in-depth & thorough behavior history form
  • Discuss your goals and concerns to develop a plan
  • Introduce training concepts
  • Provide helpful suggestions and information
  • Observe and evaluate your dog
  • Discuss options for behavior modification and how he can help
  • Discuss safety &/or management strategies
  • Anthony will work in conjunction with your veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist to provide the greatest success for your dog during the behavior modification process.
  • Implementation of strategies typically begins during the consultation

What is behavior modification and can it help aggressive behavior?

Behavior modification is a treatment approach for changing the undesirable behaviors that your dog exhibits. Behavior modification can address a broad range of aggressive behavior issues. After discussing your dog’s aggressive behavior and learning why they might do the things that they do, plans and protocols are created to help manage and modify the behavior(s) of concern. Behavior Modification programs are designed to meet the specific needs of each dog and household.

 

Does positive reinforcement training and behavior techniques work for aggressive behavior?

The quick answer to this is YES! Positive reinforcement training and behavior techniques work in a few ways:

  • Decreases behavior issues and prevents behavior issues from occurring
  • It teaches dogs what to do and how to make better choices
  • It teaches a dog to build a positive association
  • Helps reduce fear, anxiety and stress
  • Builds confidence and skills through rewarding good behavior
  • Sets clear rules & boundaries
  • DOES NOT USE physical force, intimidation, fear tactics, electric shock collars, chokers & prong collars as this can increase aggressive behavior and behavior issues.

How long will it take to fix my dogs behavior issues?

The answer to this question really depends on a variety of factors. These include:

  • What the behavior issue is
  • The severity of the problem will determine how long it can take to address a problem
  • How long the issue has gone on
  • How the issue may have been addressed prior, if at all.
  • How long it will take your dog to process and comprehend behavior modification protocols and training
  • If the owner chooses to follow through on implementation of training and behavior modification protocols

Helpful Tips for Behavior Change

What is your dog saying?

Our dogs are constantly communicating through their body language and behavior. Understanding canine body language and communication signals is important because it can help us learn about how our dogs are feeling and why they are doing the behaviors they choose to display. Taking the time to learn about canine body language and communication signals is the first step in treating any behavior issue. Here are some credible sources of information to learn about canine body language and communication:

 

Capturing Video

If possible, and if safe to do so, capture video footage of the behavior(s) of concern. (Please do not put yourself, your dog or the public in harms way to capture video footage.) This video can be reviewed and broken down with your behavior consultant during your comprehensive consultation. You can record it on your cell phone or by setting up portable cameras where the behavior(s) typically happen. Remember to record both before, during, and after the behavior so that your behavior consultant has a full picture of the issue.

 

Keep a Journal

Writing down specific incidents when the problem behavior(s) happens is key! You should also include what happens before and after the behavior(s) as this provides valuable information. Include as much detail as you can.

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