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Aggressive dog

Aggressive Behavior

Aggressive behavior typically gets worse over time, not better, so it is important to address it quickly and thoughtfully.  There are many causes and contributing factors to aggressive behavior and each case is unique.  Arrange a Behavior Consultation with Eileen and receive certified, experienced help at a time that is convenient for you to begin addressing your dog's aggressive behavior. 


Unfortunately, the dog training industry and the terms "trainer" and "behaviorist" are unregulated, so anyone can open up a business and work with dogs.  Many trainers use quick-fix methods, such as shock collars (often called stim/remote/e-collars), prong collars, choke collars, and leash jerks to the collar that initially appear to stop the aggressive behavior, only for the dog's behavior to worsen exponentially in the long term.  What they do not tell people is that their dog will always have to wear the shock collar (to remain under the threat of punishment) to hopefully keep the aggression suppressed.  It is essential to address the root causes of aggression or any other unwanted behavior and to teach alternative behaviors that are more desirable that owner would rather have the dog perform in situations where aggression has previously occurred.  These trainers, sadly, do not take into account the whole dog -- to include health, genetics, past experiences, fear, anxiety, socialization, environment, or other factors -- that may need addressed to resolve the issue in the long term.  


Eileen is a fully certified dog behavior consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and will assess your dog's aggression and address it through positive and humane methods.  She is also a graduate of the Mike Shikashio Aggression in Dogs Master Course.  Eileen uses behavior modification through positive reinforcement/reward-based training to change the undesirable behaviors that your dog exhibits.  Reward-based methods are the exclusive methods recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) for addressing behavior issues including severe aggression.  This involves teaching your dog new, more desirable behavior patterns, creating positive emotional associations with triggers that cause fear/anxiety/stress, and ultimately teaching him to make better choices.  She will gather information to learn why your dog is displaying aggression and will create custom solutions to address your unique situation.  Eileen does NOT use fear, shouting, or intimidation methods in her training.  She does NOT use painful tools such as shock collars, prong/pinch collars, choke chains, or leash/collar corrections. 

Aggressive Behavior includes but is not limited to:

Resource Guarding, Territorial AggressionBody Handling Aggression, Dog Aggression, Stranger or People Aggression, Aggression toward Children, Aggression toward cats and other animals, Fear-related Aggression, Possession Aggression or Possessive behavior, Owner-directed Aggression, Intra-household Aggression, Fights/Biting between dogs in the home, Guarding behavior, Leash Reactivity, lunging or barking on leash, Frustration Aggression, Other reactive behavior, Redirected aggression, Growling, Snapping, Biting, Food or Toy Aggression, Situational Aggression

What will happen during the Behavior Consultation?  

  • Up to two hours of discussion, information, training, and solutions!

  • Talk about your dog's behavioral, social, medical, and training histories

  • Discuss your individual goals and concerns 

  • Observe and evaluate your dog

  • Choose safety and management strategies

  • Develop a plan for moving forward

  • Begin training/behavior modification

  • Provide other options, solutions and information

  • Eileen will work with veterinarians, veterinary behaviorists, groomers, physical therapists, and other pet professionals as needed to help you and your dog reach your goals

Behavior Consultations and other first time appointments are conducted over Zoom, but follow-up appointments may be done either in person or over Zoom.  In-person follow-up appointments must be at a location within 15 minutes drive of Confident Canines LLC (89143).  Follow-up appointments are usually every 1-2 weeks until issues resolve.

IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant
CCPDT Certified Behavior Consultant Canine
CCPDT Certified Professional Dog Trainer


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