Behavior Modification entails modifying a dog's behavior to increase or decrease wanted and unwanted behaviors. For Behavior Modification to be effective, dogs must have a basic foundation in Dog Obedience Training.
WHAT IS BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION?
Behavior is how 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, which trains a dog to perform specific actions when requested, ideally, behavior modification looks to change a dog’s reaction to the situation, a person, a thing, an 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 focus on teamwork, creating a harmonious relationship between dogs and owners.
It's also important to note that fixing an undesired behavior takes total commitment and follow-through from the owners daily for an extended period. Closely working with your Veterinarian may be necessary to obtain the desired results.
The techniques we use for Behavior Modification include:
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION CAN HELP WITH:
Behavior Modification is a very intense and detailed process that requires a unique skill set and years of education and experience to get results to modify serious dog behavior issues.
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"I contacted Dale because our dog was showing leash aggression. She would jump at everything when on leash this included people, cars, and especially other animals. Over the course of our training I learned the reason behind this behavior and the proper ways to correct it. Dale went above and beyond while starting with the basics of pet training to include; the proper equipment, leash handling 101, pet correction, people mindset and so much more. When Dakota started she couldn’t be within 200ft of another animal without overreacting by our last session she was at the dog park 5ft from another dog without having a breakdown. Dale really took his time to make sure it was done right. We have a better dog and I feel that I am a more knowledgeable and skilled pet owner because of Dale. I would definitely recommend him for all your dog training needs."
Sarah - Huntsville, AL
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Behavior issues in dogs can be a result of many things. Some common reasons behavior issues occur include:
Your dog is not an appliance, that can have a part changed, and then they are fixed. We are working with "behavior" of a living being. To set your expectations correctly, think in terms on months, not weeks. The exact answer to this question depends on a variety of factors. These include:
There is no guarantee that your dog's behavior will be perfect through behavior modification training. It is unethical to offer a guarantee of your dog's behavior because you can NEVER guarantee the behavior of any living being. We can't even predict our own behavior with 100% accuracy in any given situation, let alone an animal of another species.