Basic Behavior Problems

3dogsInitial Consultation: Consultations are available to help you understand your canine’s behavior and start you on a training program to meet your needs. Consultations run between 60 and 90 minutes. Heidi comes to your home to perform an assessment and gives you the tools to mold and shape (i.e., eradicate) the undesirable behaviors; and then teaches you the skills needed to teach your canine more desirable behaviors.

Following our visit, you will receive a behavioral assessment, diagnosis and recommendations of treatment options via email or fax.

  • Aggression
    Currently there are eighteen different kinds of documented canine aggression in our culture. A few of these include: Dominance Aggression, Fear Aggression, Inter-Dog Aggression, Resource/Food Related Aggression, and Aggression Related to Old Age.First Heidi makes sure your canine has been evaluated by your veterinarian to rule out a medical etiology for the aggression your canine is demonstrating. Because diagnostically aggression can be difficult to understand, it is best to consult with someone that has professional skills and experience with various kinds of aggression. Heidi is available to help you determine, diagnostically what kind of aggression your dog is exhibiting and then make the proper recommendations. After diagnosis, sometimes it simply entails implementing a treatment plan where she teaches you modeling healthier behaviors, desensitization, and counter-conditioning. Other times it entails making a referral to a veterinarian for psychopharmacological help or both. However, Heidi has a great deal of experience working with all kinds of aggression cases.
  • Fears and Phobias
    Sadly, in my years of practice, I have been seeing and treating more and more different kinds of fears and phobias that canines are displaying. For example compulsive behaviors, fear reactions to animate and inaminate cues, situational fear, separation anxiety, fear and/or submission peeing, to name a few. The best way to determine what it going on with your particular canine is to first have him/her evaluated by your veterinarian to rule out a medical etiology. Then, Heidi can do an assessment at your home and give you a treatment plan to work on the particular fear or phobia your canine is dealing with.
  • Potty Training
    Bladder Infections, also called Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s), or Acute Cystitis, are among the most common infectious canine health conditions. This is why Heidi always asks you (especially with older, later onset potty training issues) if you have been to your veterinarian to rule out a bladder infection before she considers coming to your home and helping you. Once the differential diagnosis is done, oftentimes we learn that the puppy or new-to-your-home canine has just not yet learned how to do his or her business outside. If this is the case, Heidi comes to your home and teaches you potty training skills to teach to your canine. She does this in a very non-threatening, firm but loving way. She has handouts to help you. More often than not, the training is for you, not your canine!
  • Destructive Behaviors
    Destructive behaviors can often be a reaction to separation anxiety so it is important to note immediately if your canine engages in these behaviors in your absence or presence. These behaviors can also be related to puppyhood (teething), lack of exercise and/or stimulation, boredom, anxiety, or fear of thunder.

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