Does your dog:
· Lunge at other dogs?
· Lunge at people?
· Exhibit aggressive behavior?
· Lunge, pull, or jump at moving object such as cars or bikes?
· Bark on leash?
· Suffer from separation anxiety?
· Fear or Anxiety disorders?
· OCD disorders/ obsessive behavior?
· Food aggression or resource guarding?
· Excessive territorial behavior?
· React negatively to people or other animals?
· Have over excited reactions to other dogs or people?
· Have you stopped walking your dog because they are just too unmanageable?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have two programs for you! One is a consultation (in person or through Zoom) and the other is on-line training.
The on-line option allows you to learn about behavior in a relaxed setting (your home) and apply the knowledge to your specific case. If you have worked with your dog, and especially if you have already done obedience training together, this option can work for you. Click this link.
This program consists of an Exposure therapy treatment that is developed to help dogs confront their fears and/or reactivity towards stimulus. When dogs are fearful and/or exhibit reactive behaviour (aggressive or over excited behavior) they tend to avoid or react to objects, activities, or situations. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear or reactivity in the short term, over the long term it can make the behavior become even worse.
In these situations, we recommend a program of exposure therapy. Using the Integrated Victory Management training system, we create positive outcomes without correction in order to help break the pattern of avoidance and reactivity.
In this form of canine behavior training, we create a safe environment in which to "expose" dogs to the things they fear and react to avoid. The exposure to the objects, activities, or situations in a safe environment helps reduce fear, reactivity and decrease avoidance. Exposure therapy has been scientifically demonstrated to be a helpful treatment or treatment component for a range of problems, including:
Reactivity • Phobias • Panic Disorder • Social Anxiety Disorder • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder • Trauma or Stress Injuries • Generalized Anxiety Disorder • Aggression
Programs take a minimum 3 to 6 months of commitment and completion from you and approximately 1-3 consultations for your dog to achieve maximum results. Though this program is tailored to your specific dog, there are no guarantees on the final outcome due to the ability of the dog to retrain, and the commitment of the owner and people that work with the dog.
We use proven positive and reward based outlines to streamline your efforts in curbing your dogs unwanted behavior with custom built homework and advice for you to achieve the greatest results possible with your canine friend.
The cost of the initial private session/consultation lasting between 60 and 90 minutes is $299 (paid in advance). We can do the consultation in-person at our ACE site in Parksville (done by Dr. Jeff Grognet) or through Zoom (Mike Annan) to avoid you travelling.
If you are interested in this, please send a note and we can send information on the steps for setting up the consultation. Send an email to:
Jeff Grognet, DVM, BSc(Agr)
Mike Annan, ACE-BC, OSI-SI
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