Whole Dog Approach

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
~ Roger Caras


Great-dane-26763793Dog owners experiencing behavioral issues need to know they are not alone. Many dog owners share the same challenges. My commitment to my clients is that I will continue to help and support them in resolving issues to the best of my ability. My criteria in resolving behavioral issues is that the behavior modification goal must result in benefiting all family members, with consideration of other pets as well. In addressing any behavioral Issue, taking a holistic approach is the only fair and comprehensive way to address each individual dog’s needs.

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If you are experiencing any of the following or other behavioral issues, contact me for prompt help.

  • House training pups, adult dogs and marking behavior
  • Reactive displays toward people or other dogs on walks
  • Jumping up, barking, chewing or unruly
  • Door-dashing/escaping
  • Difficulty in handling or grooming
  • Counter-hopping or stealing food
  • Rough play with children
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear of people or aggression toward strangers
  • Aggression towards family members or family pets
  • Resource guarding of food or objects
  • Eating of objects, organic materials, or stool
  • Nervousness: licking, pacing, whining

To make behavioral modification possible, it is imperative that we take these elements into consideration when training the “whole dog.”

  • Breed-specific traits and function
  • The human-canine relationship and aspects of leadership
  • Your dog’s past/present health history, medications, and any physical limitations
  • The all-important diet
  • General temperament tendencies
  • Amount of exercise the dog receives
  • Environmental stressors
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Previous training methods