“Balance your dog’s behaviours and re-balance your relationship”
Is your dog barking, growling or lunging at other dogs? Do you find yourself walking with your dog early morning and late at night? Does your dog dislike strangers? The postman? Or chase joggers or cyclists? Is your dog possessive over objects or food?
Aggression can be due to many reasons and in shown in different forms, often the more subtle pre aggression signals are ignored which makes the dog turn to more violent outbursts. Aggression issues are by far the main reasons that people contact me.
Dog to dog aggression can often be due to your dog having missed out on valuable socialisation in the early weeks and months of its life. Your dog may have been removed from its mother and litter mates too early and not learnt the correct doggie body languages to use or the inhibited bite. A dog that is aggressive to other dogs may have learnt aggression from an aggressive mother or have inherited certain genetic traits. Poor socialisation within our human world can cause a dog to be fearful of almost anything.
Past negative experiences can impact on how your dog behaves around other dogs, if it has been attacked in the past by another dog, some dogs simply forget this but other dogs remember it and see every dog they meet as a threat. This aggression would then be then shown out of fear.
Other aggression issues may be shown out of dominance so this is why it is vitally important to have an individual assessment to ensure the behavioural training plan is best suited to your dog’s personality and needs.
Different breed types are more predisposed to guarding, chasing and attacking but our law demands that the owner or person in charge of the dog must be completely in control. This includes any action the dog may do that could cause a person to feel unsafe or threatened.
Each dog is an individual and deserves a tailored behavioural assessment, there is never a ‘one solution fits all’ method. As every dog is unique it will respond to different methods of rehabilitation. You as the owner have unique circumstances and abilities to be considered.
I aim to assess the problems you are experiencing with your dog, give the reasons why they are happening and offer solutions to help you, help your dog, cope in difficult situations. A tailored one to one behaviour modification plan will give you the confidence to move forward from the place you have reached now by looking to balance your dog behaviour and rebalance your relationship.
“We contacted Mandy a few weeks ago to see if she could help us with our ‘dog aggressive’ German Shepherd. Not only was she incredibly knowledgeable, she was thorough, friendly, and completely committed. She gave us the tools we needed to modify our dog’s behaviour and gave me the confidence to try alternatives to manage the situation. All help given was positive, but realistic and made us feel much better. We would not hesitate to recommend Mandy to anyone who wants help with their doggy problem, with her support and friendly shoulder to lean on, practical advice and tips to follow we are very glad we found her”. Sam and Mark – Shirley, West Midlands
Common Types of Aggression Issues include:
Dog to Dog Aggression: Food and Possession Aggression: Aggression shown to People
In aggression cases, the dog may be required to be positively conditioned to wear a muzzle. This will be advised on the initial telephone conversation. Please see my link to muzzle wearing.
Very few dogs are termed ‘Red Zone’ dogs. This is usually genetic or a deep set instinctual drive which has not been previously managed properly, dogs such as these may not respond as well or reliably enough to methods of desensitizing or counter conditioning emotional responses.
Thankfully these dogs are rare but in severe cases such as these I may refer the case to an expert in this particular field , but usually a strict regime of management and control is the only option or unfortunately if the dog is a danger to the public or others animals, euthanasia may be sadly the only conclusion.
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