What is a Behavior Consultation? Why do I need it?
Most of my clients are split into two distinct camps. One needs training skills. These tend to be people who have puppies, young rambunctious dogs or newly adopted dogs from rescues. They may be running amuck and need training but they do not have serious behavioral problems.
The other camp is people who have dogs with behavioral problems that are interfering with their daily lives. These tend to be dogs with leash reactivity, various types of aggression issues toward other dogs and/or humans, separation anxiety, problems with veterinary or groomer handling and destructive or self-injurious behaviors. And that is just a few.
These dogs require a careful, systematic combination of information gathering, training and behavior modification…in that order. The cause of the problem behavior has to be identified first and then a plan can be made to change the behavior. It is a bit like organized detective work.
This is where the consultation comes in. I need to ask a lot of questions and observe the dog carefully to better understand why the behavior is occurring. The caregiver and the dog then have to be educated in order to change the behavior. Training begins.