Bringing out the best in your dog
Just like humans, every dog is different. Some dogs struggle and yet others thrive. Life experiences can be challenging for some dogs causing them to react in ways that we find difficult to understand.
That's why when behaviour problems arise, and they frequently do, it's important to look at the bigger picture.
We need to dig a little deeper to unearth the reasons why a behaviour problem is occurring rather than using a 'one size fits all' training approach that does not address the root cause.
Is your dog
Anxious or Nervous?
Aggressive Towards other dogs or People?
Hyperactive and can't relax?
Reactive to the environment?
Withdrawn and unresponsive?
All of the above can be indicators of stress in your dog's life and therefore need addressing
Dogs aren’t deliberately naughty or defiant in an attempt to get the better of us. They don’t plot and scheme to be ‘top dog’ even though we have erroneously been led to believe this.
Behaviour problems are usually coping strategies developed in order to deal with stressful situations which include being in pain, feeling unsafe or feeling threatened.
Behaviour problems also develop when dogs feel bored, frustrated or lonely as in the case of separation anxiety.
solving problems and restoring stability
I have spent many years studying dog behaviour and use this invaluable knowledge to help dogs feel more relaxed and stable in their daily lives.
Most owners I meet really want the best for their dogs. When problematic behaviours arise it can be very distressing for everyone involved, Stress escalates and often the methods used to control the situation are actually making things worse.
Under the daily pressure of managing the situation, the wonderful bond between dog and owner gradually starts to fall apart.
I encourage you to take positive steps and make some changes. Look towards helping your dog feel more at home in the world you provide for him.