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What is Behaviour Modification?

Behaviour modification is training a dog and handler to eliminate the unwanted behaviour of the dog. Unwanted behaviour can range from:

  • Aggression towards people or other dogs
  • Jumping up at people
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Separation anxiety
  • House soiling
  • Barking etc

When should I seek help?

Some people allow a particular problem to go on for years before deciding to do anything about it. Only when the problem is so great that they can no longer tolerate it do they do anything about it. As with basic training, the sooner the problem is confronted, the sooner it is corrected. Not surprisingly, the longer a problem is allowed to develop, the longer it takes to eliminate.

Behaviour modification lessons

More often than not, you will need just one appointment with me, but some more difficult problems may require follow-up meetings. During the appointment I will explore with you the reasons for the dog’s behaviour and show you how to eliminate it completely if possible. Where that is not possible I will show you how to manage it and what to do if the problem arises again.

Provided the programme given to you at the time of the appointment is followed through, 95% of clients will see a difference within 2 to 3 days, in others it may take a little longer, typically 7 to 10 days. (Some aggression may take longer to eliminate depending upon the dog’s breed, age, level of training and other factors.)

Depending on the degree of the problem, behavioural sessions can last in excess of 2 hours. These are normally held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.