"Yea!! I couldn't have done it w/o you, (my dog) and I both thank you soooo much for helping us out. And I want to thank you especially for the encouragement you gave right at those moments when I was so discouraged."- C.L., Swanton, VT
Does This Sound Like Your Dog?
- Chews shoes, furniture, garbage
- Guards toys, food bowl, chewies, furniture, kids
- Pulls away, growls, snaps or bites when being handled
- Uses inappropriate inside toilet areas
- Barks at strange people, places, objects, dogs or other animals
- Jumps up on visitors
- Mouths your skin, clothing or hair
- Pulls on leash making walks unpleasant and potentially dangerous
- Freaks out and does damage to your home when you leave (especially doors)
- Is unpleasant toward other pets in the home or on walks
Problem Pets Fall Into Two Categories:
Good dogs with bad habits
These dogs are emotionally well, but have undesirable behaviors which can be changed.
Distressed dogs with bad habits
These puppies and dogs exhibit some of the same behaviors as above, however their behavior is due to emotional upset - usually fear or aggression. Examples of this include dogs guarding their "things" (food, toys, treats, furniture, people), fear of visitors or other dogs, aggression toward people or dogs, dogs who don't like to be handled or dogs who are destructive when left home alone.
The majority of our clients have dogs with emotional problems. Many dogs have these problems. They are not bad dogs, they are just afraid or stressed. Because of these problems, owners are often unable to take these dogs to trainers or classes outside the home. We visit your home, interview the owners and to pinpoint the source of stress. Once we have a diagnosis, we prepare a written plan which addresses your dogs needs. The treatment plan is written with the particular needs of each dog and their family in mind.