Dog Behaviour Problems
Dog Behaviour Specialist
Dog behaviour problems can develop for a variety of reasons, and hiring a dog trainer is usually a last resort. But you don’t have to live with it anymore! We know that your dogs behaviour can be embarrassing, and difficult. We are here to help and will not judge your circumstances at all.
Do you feel like you yell at your dog more than you play with him? Or are you just about managing the problem instead of seeing improvements? We can help.
Our behaviour modification programs are specially tailored for your individual dog. Teaching your dog the correct way to behave by making the right choices, is an essential part of the behaviour training program.
Aggression in dogs is one of the most common, but serious behavioural problems, and is the number one reason why dog’s are given up for adoption. Aggression can range from growling, to snapping, lunging and biting.
Many owners only consider aggression to be a problem when a dog bites and draws blood. However, addressing the issue at the growling stage, or being able to recognise the signs earlier, will result in faster, more reliable behaviour changes.
Types of aggression:
- Dog-dog aggression
- Dog-human aggression
- Resource guarding
- Territorial aggression
- Barrier frustration
- redirected aggression
- Predatory aggression
Dog barking is a very natural thing to do. However, sometimes it can be excessive! Constant barking and crying can be annoying for you, and your neighbours.
Barking may occur when owners are away from home, when looking out of the window, in the car, or when people enter your home. Barking could be due to excitement, separation, anxiety, attention seeking, or fear.
If your dog is an excessive barker, then take action!
Lunging on lead
Lunging on lead, or leash reactivity, is a common canine behaviour. From never being taught to walk on lead correctly, to fear of other dogs/people, or frustration at wanting to interact with others.
Leash reactivity can be difficult to handle, especially with large breed dogs. Barking and lunging at others is stressful for both dogs and owners, and dogs should be taught to walk nicely on lead right from the start.
It is important to find out why your dog is reactive on lead, dog’s who look scared, may just be frustrated. And some dog’s pull hard only because they move faster than their owners!
Separation anxiety in dogs is triggered when left alone for a period of time. In severe cases it could be only a few minutes before a dog destroys possessions, toilets in the house, or begins to bark endlessly. It is distressing for both dogs and owners.
Often separation anxiety is not realised until neighbours report excessive barking. Or can often be mistaken for house training issues, or destruction of possessions due to boredom.
It is important to find out the true cause of barking, destructive behaviour, or house training issues, in order to fix the problem, rather than stopping the symptoms.
Whether you have a puppy or rescue dog, or a dog who has never learned to ‘go’ outside. House training is one to the first things to teach a dog, but some just don’t seem to ‘get it’.
Sometimes inappropriate indoor elimination is due to a medical or behavioural problem. Always have your dog checked over by a vet to rule out any medical reason for toileting indoors.
If no medical reason is found, then a behaviour consultation is advised to diagnose the reason for the behaviour and form a complete plan of how to change it.
Many unwanted dog behaviours stem from a fearful, nervous response to the environment. From noise phobia’s, shyness when meeting people, hyper-vigilance in familiar or new places.
Fear begins with a negative association to something. This may have startled, or even injured the dog, or just be something that the dog is not familiar with.
Creating a fearful response in future, similar situations. This may be discriminating, such as fearful of only men with beards, or the dog may generalise, from people in beards, to all men, or all people.
Dog behaviour problems can be embarrassing and make life extremely difficult for dog owners. Canine behaviour can often be complex, confusing and sometimes misunderstood by owners. Unleashed Pawtential helps you understand why your dog is doing what he does. This is an extremely important step in working to change the bad behaviour and replace it with acceptable behaviour.
How It Works
- Contact us! We’re very friendly and eager to help.
- Set up a consultation so that we can see what your dog is doing, why he is doing it, and how we can change it. The consultation will take place in your home, with all household members present if possible.
- We will email you a questionnaire before the consultation to find out more about your dog, his background, and behaviours that you wish to change. This helps to speed up the consultation process so that we can do more training.
- During the consultations we will assess your dog to find out exactly what he is doing, why he is doing it, and how we can change it. You will be taught all of the training techniques necessary and answer any questions you may have. We will not leave until we are sure that you are happy and confident with the training plan given.
- We will provide you with a training plan recapping the training done on the day as well as how to progress in the future.
- More 1-2-1 lessons are available and may be necessary in cases of aggression or hard to change behaviours.
- Full email support will be given after the consultation. We love to hear about the progress you’re making!