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Destruction, Chewing, Separation Anxiety

Behavior Modification

Behavior problems typically gets worse over time, not better, so it is important to address them at the start of the issue.  Behavior issues are complex so two dogs may display similar unwanted behaviors, but the causes and solutions may be a bit different.  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 unwanted behaviors. 

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 or prong collar (to remain under the threat of punishment) to hopefully keep the unwanted behaviors at suppressed.  It is essential to address the root causes of unwanted behaviors, taking 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.  Otherwise, the behavior issues will continue to resurface and worsen in the future.  


Eileen is a fully certified dog behavior consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and will address your dog's aggression issues with positive and humane methods.  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 aggressionThis 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.  Eileen will create unique solutions for your household to address the problem behaviors.  Eileen does NOT use fear, shouting, or intimidation methods in her training.  She does NOT use painful tools such as shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, or leash corrections. 


Behavior Issues include but are not limited to:


Separation Distress or Anxiety, Noise sensitivities or phobias, Chewing and Destructive behaviors, Compulsive behaviors, Aggression toward people, dogs or cats, Nervousness, Leash reactivity, Territorial behavior, Possessive behavior, Fear of dogs/people/cats, Marking, Chewing, Digging, Chronic housebreaking issues, Running away, Herding behaviors in inappropriate contexts, Eating rocks, poop, or other scavenging, Resource Guarding, Nipping or Biting

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 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.

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