Fear . . . anxiety . . . panic . . . aggression . . . just like humans, dogs feel all these emotions but can't explain to us why they feel that way.
Does your dog lunge and bark at other dogs on lead .... or at people?
Does he bark or show aggression to visitors at your home?
It takes courage to stop, stand back and accept that you need help and then to commit to the time to make those changes. I admire anyone who will commit time in the busy lives we all lead to help their dog overcome behavioural problems, and so many people do - and succeed.
You may have tried without success to resolve the problems yourself, or tried to ignore them until you realised you couldn't any more, or you thought your dog would 'grow out of it'. Sometimes the behaviour has escalated to the point it is so worrying that it can't be ignored any longer. It may be endangering your dog, you as his owner or maybe other innocent dogs or people. Alternatively you may have adopted a rescue dog or taken on an adult dog who arrived with problems.
Solving behaviour problems will not only improve your dog's quality of life immensely but yours too, it will increase your bond with each other and make your life together so much more enjoyable.
I understand how hard it is to share your life with a dog who is 'hard to live with' - 20 years ago I found myself with one of those dogs. I loved him with all my heart but for the majority of his life he was hard work to live with. I just wish that I had known as much then as I do now about dog behaviour and I could have made his life, and mine so much easier.
Does your dog freeze or growl, or even bite if you go near food, bones or toys?
Punishment can actually increase the risk of aggression in dogs. Harsh punishments used by punitive trainers are not only cruel but also potentially dangerous and damage the trust between dog and human.
To be honest many dogs exhibit at least one 'issue' on a list of common behaviours even if it is very minor such as being over excited around visitors . Dogs are all individuals and most have their little 'quirks'. The variables are the severity of the problem and what their owners are prepared to 'put up with' before finding help. In many cases as dog owners we learn to live with the issue or, unfortunately, sometimes find excuses and reasons to justify our dog’s bad behaviour until we can no longer ignore it. However, everyone is different and a particular behaviour exhibited by a dog may not be a problem for one family but another family may find the same behaviour totally unacceptable.
I can help you deal with all kinds of behaviours your dogs may show that cause problems and may be spoiling your relationship with them.
Your dog should feel safe and secure and at the same time have a clear understanding of the rules and boundaries you provide him with. You are not the 'Alfa wolf' and have no need to be - as pack rules, punishment and dominance are not the way to help your dog - its more of a parental role where your dog looks to your for guidance for how to behave as your children would. You need to trust and respect each other and he needs to understand the rules you ask him to follow, which make him a much happier, more confident and relaxed dog.
I don't use any harsh methods to help train your dog - rewards, calm patience and consistency are all you need to help him understand what you would like him to do ... or not do! Your dog needs to love and respect you, not be frightened of you or be scared of the consequences if he does wrong.
Behaviour consultations are usually held at your home, or in the environment where your dog's behaviour is occurring. This is often the best way for me to assess the factors contributing to the behaviour you are worried about so I can help you with an effective plan to change things. Alternatively they will be held at my training facility in Yeadon. I will spend time with you taking some history and information about your dog and his day to day life and explore the possible causes for the problem both through talking to you, and by spending time getting to know your dog.
How much does it cost?
To be totally honest - it's really hard to say: It may take just one, short session - or maybe more to help guide you along the way. The amount of time I need to spend with you and your dog is dependent on many things - including the complexity or severity of the problem, how many individual problems your dog has, how quickly your dog responds to the training and your own handling skills and patience. I will teach you the skills you need but the patience is up to you! ..... all dogs are different, as are all owners.
After our initial chat on the phone I will usually have an idea of how long it may take to get you on the right track, after that I am happy to give any extra help you need to ensure it works.