WHY CAN’T YOU GIVE BEHAVIOURAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE OR VIA EMAIL?
Sometimes a behaviour problem can seem quite straightforward, but most of the time much more information on your dog and the problem is required to be able to give you and your dog the best and most accurate advice. Incomplete history taking leads to poor advice that can be detrimental to your dog.
Clients who have already had a consultation or that are in one of the group classes can be helped telephonicaly as I already know the dog’s history. Current clients are encouraged to phone with any questions between training or private sessions.
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CAN A DEAF DOG BE TRAINED?
Just because your dog cannot hear does not mean that he cannot be trained every bit as successful as a hearing dog. Deaf dogs are even competing in sports such as agility, fly-ball and obedience.
Your dog is still a smart dog – he can also process commands/signals, make associations and connect behaviour with consequences. Deaf dogs do not have diminished mental capacities; they also experience emotions, form bonds and friendships and have needs and wants like any hearing dog does. If you have a deaf dog, do contact me, as the journey with a deaf dog can be a truly amazing experience.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRAINING AND BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION?
Obedience training is teaching the dog to associate cues (commands) to certain actions i.e. sit, down, leave, drop, recall, stay etc.
Behaviour modification is changing the dog’s emotions about how they feel in certain contexts, it is about teaching them coping skills or alternative behaviours that is more acceptable (to us humans) and also improves their quality of life i.e. how to feel more comfortable and confident being on their own or how not to be fearful of strange people or other dogs.
Obedience training will increase the dog’s compliance to your cues and you will have more influence over your dog’s behaviour but it will not necessarily change his emotions in situations that you find his behaviour problematic. During behaviour modification we often include obedience training as the two are not mutually exclusive.
WHAT IS A BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION SESSION?
Behaviour consultations are for more complex behaviour problems that cannot be addressed during a group obedience training course. During an initial consultation, a complete history is obtained about the dog and the dog/s behaviour and from that we form an assessment and from that we then formulate an individual treatment/training program specific to your dog.
You may need follow up sessions. How these follow up sessions are scheduled i.e. once a week or every second week, is the owner’s choice.
SHOULD I SPAY OR NEUTER MY DOG?
The question is usually asked when there is aggressive behaviour displayed. Sometimes castration can help, it could also have no effect on the dog’s behaviour and sometimes it could even increase aggressive behaviour. Once again a complete history of the dog and the aggressive incidences are essential for a behaviourist to give accurate advice regarding castration.
For a medical point of view regarding pros and cons you would need to consult your veterinarian.