Trained For Life

Common Behaviour Problems

Dogs refusing to come back is a fairly common problem

Many of the problems we encounter with our dogs are behaviours that are common, or innate, to the dog, but are not acceptable to us... the classic being coprophagia, or the eating of poo, which is a perfectly natural behaviour in canines but rather unsavoury to the rest of us.

Understanding the differences between the natural behaviours and the learned behaviours can go a long way towards solving and resolving the issues that can cause disharmony at home and stress for your dog. Sometimes however the natural behaviours are so unacceptable in our society that we need to put a programme in place to modify the behaviours making them easier to live with, likewise sometimes a dog may find modern living too stressful and as such we need to change what we are doing to make life easier for our dog.

Some of the ‘non-aggression’ issues that Lez helps with on a regular basis are :

  • Lack of Recall
  • Mouthing and excessive play-biting
  • Unruliness, over-boisterous self-pleasing dogs
  • Excessive barking
  • Separation anxiety
  • Car travelling issues: including sickness, fear and unwillingness to get into car

During your initial communication and brief outline of the problem, an appointment will be made and a client questionnaire will be sent out for you to fill in and return prior to your appointment.

The consultation will take place in your own home, initially over a coffee, whilst Lez gets a fuller picture of your relationship with your dog and also your dog’s behaviour towards other people that it meets. This allows time for Lez to make the correct behavioural diagnosis and assimilate a plan of action for you and your family.

If appropriate, we will observe your dog in action, however, this is not always necessary in order to start changing behaviour for the better.

Lez will explain, with complete honesty and no technical jargon, what she believes is causing, or probably causing, the behaviour and what the chances are of realistically modifying / managing the problem.

Canine learning and mentality will be explained in detail and any handling techniques necessary and equipment required will be demonstrated by example.

Generally only one consultation is required and it will last between 2 and 3 hours, following which you’ll receive a comprehensive written report which includes a behaviour modification programme; telephone and email correspondence is encouraged so that your progress is assessed and further advice can be given if required.

You may be able to use your Pet Insurance for the consultation when referred by your vet.

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