Behavior Modification entails modifying a dog's behavior for the purposes of increasing or decreasing wanted and unwanted behaviors. In order for Behavior Modification to be effective, dogs will need to have a basic foundation of Dog Obedience Training.
WHAT IS BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION?
Behavior can be defined is the way an animal or human reacts to a particular situation (or stimulus). Behavior Modification, then is the systematic approach to changing behavior. In other words, unlike dog obedience training that trains a dog to perform specific actions when requested, ideally behavior modification looks to change a dog’s reaction to situation, a person, a thing, and animal, etc..
Dogs ultimately thrive in an environment where they are provided with clear structure and communication. Desirable behaviors are rewarded, whereas, undesirable behaviors are discouraged by implementing clear rules and avoiding any forms of psychological and physical intimidation. Modern scientifically-based dog training and modern dog behavior modification focuses on teamwork, and ultimately, the creation of a harmonious relationship between dogs and owners.
Behavior Modification is treated on case-by-case basis. The first consultation should be with all members of the household present. Diagnosis, treatment plan, prognosis and all follow up charges will be discussed at the time of the original consultation.
It's also important to note that to fix an undesired behavior, it takes a total commitment and follow through from the owners on a daily basis for an extended period of time. Closely working with your Veterinarian may be necessary to obtain the desired results.
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION CAN HELP WITH:
The techniques we use for Behavior Modification are through positive reinforcement and may include counterconditioning, desensitization, and differential reinforcement. We do not use any aversive tools such as shock collars.
NOTE: Minor behavior issues such as jumping, barking, and chewing may sometimes be fixed when combined with Obedience Training.
The first step to getting your dog properly training it to set up a FREE Phone Consultation. Please fill out this form and we will contact you by phone to learn more about your dog.
Behavior Modification is a very intense and detailed process that requires a special skill set and years of education and experience to get results to fix serious dog behavior issues. There are no discounts for behavior modification sessions and they cannot be combined with any other service.
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