Although we specialize in aggression cases and cases involving fear and anxiety-based behaviours, we also regularly assist with a wide range of other behavioural issues. Some of the most common behaviours are listed below.
Excessive vocalisation can be very frustrating. It can disrupt peace in the household, it can create tension with neighbours and can even result in Council visits and fines. In most cases excessive vocalisation can be resolved with the implementation of a personalised behaviour modification strategy.
Lunging is a common complaint. It can range anywhere from mild pulling, to outright dangerous. It is a common reason for people to stop taking their dog for regular walks. Lunging occurs for a wide range of reasons. Understanding the way the dog lunges and the circumstances under which he/she lunges can assist in finding the root cause. Once the cause is established, both management and training protocols can be implemented to establish new, more desirable behaviours.
Digging in the yard, destroying furniture, chewing shoes or damaging other items can be a daily occurrence for some dogs. These behaviours can be extremely frustrating (and expensive) for the humans. There are many causes for these behaviours; once the cause is identified and addressed, the unwanted behaviour can be significantly reduced or eliminated, resulting in a happier dog, a happier family, and a less damaged home.
Having a dog that displays aggression is extremely stressful. It also poses an obvious risk of injury to humans and/or other dogs, and brings with it the risk of legal action. The aggressive behaviour is only a symptom of a bigger problem; attempting to directly stop the aggressive behaviour without first identifying the driver, may increase the risk of a "without warning" attack occurring at a later time. The first step is to understand why the aggression is occurring. If you have a dog that is performing aggressive behaviours please contact us to discuss strategies to resolve the issue - all cases are taken, including dogs that have killed other dogs, or significantly injured people.
Separation anxiety / distress in dogs is a well-recognised condition. In extreme cases it can occur when the human simply goes to another room within the home, however more commonly it occurs only when the human/s leave the house. Signs of separation anxiety / distress can include; excess salivation, panting, pacing, hiding, destroying items, scratching at walls / doors, inappropriate urination or defecation, self injury, lack of interest in toys / food / treats when the human is absent, or excessive or constant barking. If you suspect your dog is suffering from separation anxiety / distress call us to discuss evidence-based strategies for addressing this issue.
Resource guarding is a very common issue. The root cause for this behaviour is typically very different to what people expect. It is very important to not attempt to "dominate" the situation, or just take items away from a possessive dog; this can increase stress in the animal, and can result in injury to the person, or even redirected aggression (on to another person, child, or dog). The underlying emotion causing the behaviour must be addressed in order to reduce or eliminate this potentially dangerous behaviour.
Effective and well-managed socialization provides our dog with information that allows them to be relaxed and confident in a range of situations. Although specific socialization is most effective at a very early age, there are many strategies that can help adult dogs to become more confident and relaxed in a range of settings. Lack of socialization, over-socialization, or poorly managed socialization can result in dogs that display anxiety, fear, and/or aggression towards other dogs and/or people.
Many households have a variety of pets. The expectation that all the animals will get along is not always the reality. Preparation for the introduction of a new pet is the best plan. If you are thinking about introducing a new pet to you home, we can help you to assess the likely outcome based on the individuals already in your home. If the arrival of your new pet is imminent, we can help you to manage the introduction process. If you already have a multi-species household but there are issues that you would like resolved, contact us to organise a consultation.
Many households have more than one dog. Homes with multiple dogs can be lots of fun for the dogs and the humans. However many people describe issues with dog aggression and anxiety. Common complaints are apparent "jealousy"; possessiveness over the humans, toys or beds; fighting over food, bones, or treats; threatening behaviour; and inappropriate urination in the home due to anxiety or territory marking. If you are introducing a new dog to your home we can help you to manage the introduction process. If you already have issues between dogs within your home, contact us to organise a consultation. We can help you formulate a strategy to return calm to your household and provide a happier, more relaxed life for you and your dogs.
Dogs and children can create wonderful, emotional, and rewarding bonds, however this is not always the case. It is important to realize the potential danger dogs can present to babies and children. If you are have concerns about the interactions occurring between your dog and your child, or you are bringing a new baby home, contact us so we can help you to formulate a plan to address potential issues before a problem occurs.
Travel can be stress-inducing or overly exciting for dogs. If your dog displays any of the following behaviours he/she is likely experiencing distress, anxiety, or over-arousal:
There are management and training options available to help dogs learn to travel in a calm and relaxed manner.
This makes travel enjoyable for the humans too!