These are some of the most common issues that many of our clients request for us to fix.
Jumping on people
Jumping can easily hurt people and can be a difficult behavior to correct.
If you have kids or older adults in the house and your dog is jumping on them, one way or another, they will get hurt. There are situations where the human will try to push the dog away and they might bite. What do many people want to do when their dog bites? Either they give them up, or worse case scenario, the dog will be put down.
It can be daunting to help a puppy or older dog to learn to feel safe in their crate, but our gentle approach never fails.
We have to show our dog that the crate is their happy place. It's their safe haven. Dogs in the wild, tigers, bears...they all have a cave, a safe place where they can put down their guard and sleep. What happened when you don't feel safe? Stressing out is real for human or any animal. When a dog is stressed, it can lead to many bad behaviors; such as this simple example: boredom chewing. Well, let's hope there's no live wires laying around, when your dog is roaming the house without any supervision.
This is often the first task new pet owners want to learn to tackle.
We need to show our dog where it is acceptable to go potty and since we can only control their potty schedule to a certain point, we have to learn their schedule and adapt to it.
Aggression with other pets
Do you fear of taking walks or going to dog parks because your dog struggles with aggression? Is the aggression in your own home, with your other pets?
Often time, it's our own actions that create the negative energy in the house. For example: your mom has a favorite, out of your three dogs. Dogs have jealousy issues too! They will fight among each other, to the final death if they have to, so they can get your love and attention.
Aggression with people
It's easy to see why some dogs are not friendly with people.
Like kids, if they are not well socialized when they are little, they are likely to be afraid and get frustrated when it comes to interacting with other people. They just don't understand how to do it.
To make things worse, an unsocialized dog can be giving up, and be even more aggressive; because somebody adopted them, abused them or train them improperly, for a long period of time. It will be hard for that dog to trust any other human being again.
Barking is a form of communication for our pups, but sometimes this can be hard to handle if they bark over the slightest disturbance.
It's helpful to first understand why they are barking. They want to warn us of the outside world, an unknown person at the door, give us warning, to not get any closer, or to demand you to give them what they want. Once we understand what they want, we can find way to fix the issue efficiently.
Just like humans, dogs have good days and bad days too! You might have fixed the puppy issues, but keep in mind, other behavior issues often arise when things are changing around them. (Example: moving to a new place, a body injury or pain, new pet arrival, a pack member is gone..)
Lost one too many shoes to a heavy chewer? Feel like nothing is safe from potential carnage?
Your dog doesn't know which item in the house is a chew toy or not a chew toy. If you don't set your guideline in the house, everything could be a fun chew toy to your dog.
Biting / Nipping
Biting can often be a concern, especially in homes with children or vulnerable individuals.
If you adopt your dog as a puppy, biting and nipping could develop to the extreme if you don't control it in the beginning. Mama dog often corrects their puppies when they are out of line. But since you adopted your dog as a small puppy, you will have to take the role of a teacher, to guide them through your way of things.
If you adopt your dog from a shelter or a rescue, many times, your dog has been through so many different bad scenarios that make biting, a way for your dog to defend his or herself. Most of the time, the biting issue can fixed. It's not simple but it's manageable. This type of dogs needs somebody who is determined enough, to get through the hard time with them, understand their issues and give them what they need, instead of expecting them to just adapt to a new way of life.
Too many dogs have been returned to shelters and put down for this issue.
Pulling on leash
While it probably is good cardio exercise, you should not have to wrestle your dog every time they are on the leash.
Getting professional dog training help might be a good idea to fix this issue. Otherwise, you might get hurt or lose your dog on the way!
Dogs are animals after all. They're curious of new smells and they have genetic drives that kicked in, cause them to chase things when they are outdoor, or even indoor! But don't worry, you're not the only one who has this issue.
Introducing new dog to the pack
So you got a new addition to the family. Now what? Let us help you make sure there are no hiccups with introductions and establish balance in your pack early.