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Whats Involved in a Behavior Consultation?

With every initial Canine behavior consult their are several areas to be examined before any adjustment training or rehabilitation can take place.

First, we discuss the issues you may be having with your dog, what behaviors you would like to see and of course, having a "meeting" with your Dog. Included in this discussion is How long have you had your Dog? Where did your Dog come from? ie: Do you know any past History of your Dog. When was your last Veterinary visit? And When did the unwanted behavior start? Was it a sudden change?

Exercise / Stimulation. Do you walk your Dog regularly? How often and for how long? How much playtime do you and your Dog have together?

Nutrition is the next important information to gather. Do you feed your Dog table scraps? What kind of food and how often do you feed your Dog? Any supplements?

Next and most important is a Basic physical examination. A "Nose to tail" observation. Checking out your Dogs Nose, Eyes, Ears and Skin. Taking note on your Dogs sitting, standing and walking posture and gait. Paws, pads and joints too.

Many times, especially with sudden behavior changes, there may be an underlying physical issue affecting your Dogs behavior. Dogs can have many ailments that you may not even know is present making Dogs less active, grumpy or more fearful. In such cases a visit to your Vet. will be recommended!

 
 
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The Environment your Dog is living in is what we look at next. Is there something in your home that may be linked to your Dogs unwanted behavior? Have you moved recently? Has the Dogs bed or food bowl been moved to a different place? Is there something outside the window that "sets your dog off?"

Finally, We'll take a look at your Dogs behavior with a few simple "games" What kind of impulse control does your Dog have? How does your Dog act towards people with its toys or food bowl?

With this information, we can begin focusing on the specific behavioral issues you would like to work on. This may entail some basic training exercises, desensitizing techniques and learning games. When we discover what works best for your Dog, You will learn how to use these tools and exercises to help your Dog yourself!

Learning how to better communicate with your Dog, learning what really motivates your Dog and how to help your Dog overcome environmental issues are all basics to living a happier, enriching life with your Dog!

 

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