Fear, Anxiety, and Aggression – Behaviour Modification for Dogs
This is for you if…
You have a dog that is struggling with fear, anxiety, or aggression problems.
- Barking and lunging at other dogs
- Barking and lunging at strangers
- Aggression towards dogs or people (nipped or bitten or caused injury to other dogs or people)
- Resource Guarding (aggression to keep toys, bones, or stolen objects)
- Handling Sensitivity (aggression when touched, held, groomed, or restrained)
- Separation Anxiety
- Fearful and shut down in new or strange environments or around new people
“Rachael was absolutely wonderful – she is experienced, knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable and confident. She gave us great tips, answered all of our questions, and was overall an excellent teacher (showing us by example and then having both my husband and I try). We had moved condo buildings and our dog had become reactive to some of the new dogs in the building and in just 2 sessions with Rachael he has improved so much. He now seems relaxed and secure and excited about his new routine and skills. How much she cares about dogs comes across and you can tell she really wants to help.”
– K. Turner
Our Values and Methods
Our organization adheres to the guidelines found in the Humane Hierarchy, which has also been adopted by many organizations such as the CCPDT.
In brief, you can expect that our behaviour modification plans will include:
- Ensuring the health and physical well-being of the dog – that includes physical health (diet, rest, exercise, medical illness) and emotional well-being
- Setting them up for success – Avoiding putting the dog in situations where he or she is likely to fail and do the unwanted behaviour
- Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning – Presenting less threatening versions of the triggering stimulus and pairing it with things the dog really enjoys
- Positive Reinforcement/Differential Reinforcement of Alternate Behaviour – Teaching other skills the dog can do instead of the unwanted behaviour
Rest assured, you will not find these kinds of techniques or tools in our training plans:
- Leash corrections (jerking on the dog’s neck)
- Punishment collars (choke chain, prong collar, shock collar)
- Physical violence (scruff shakes, alpha-rolls, pinning the dog)
- Fear-inducing deterrents (throw chains in bags, water balloons, pop cans full of pennies, “pet corrector” horns, etc.)
We generally book 2 weeks out from the time of inquiry to first booking. We also review your application and assign an appropriate resource to your case – less severe cases we can assign to a newer instructor, whereas more severe cases are only assigned to our most senior instructors.
View our availability here on our Read-Only team booking calendar. Please do not actually book us via this calendar, as we only accept bookings from clients who have enrolled and whose cases we have accepted. We have published this here to give prospective clients a sense of what the lead-time between enrolling and first appointment is like.
“We are thrilled with how far King has come!
King is a rescue from the Toronto Humane Society and we got him a little over a month ago. He’s about a year and a half and to say he’s full of energy is an understatement. When we first got him we were told he was very dog aggressive, and probably wouldn’t do well in a condo.
Enter Stephanie – Within the first few minutes of meeting her we knew she was perfect for us. She’s extremely knowledgeable, confident, and you can just tell she loves dogs. She was very patient with the 3 of us and gave us confidence in our training. Without Stephanie we would have never realized how smart King is, and how much potential he has. “
– Steph, Dylan & King!
Our Service Area
In-home lessons are available as follows:
West-End In-Home Service Area (Bordered by Davenport, Runnymede, South to Lake Ontario, and Spadina)
East-End In-Home Service Area (Bordered by O’Connor Drive, Woodbine, to Lake Ontario, and Parliament)
Mid-Town In-Home Service Area (Bordered by Lawrence Ave W, Avenue Road, Mount Pleasant, south to Bloor Street)
In-school lessons are available out of Dundas West and Pape Village. We are happy to work with you at our two facilities if you are outside of our service area.
What’s It Cost?
A private lesson package (Two Lessons, 90 minutes and 60 minutes), which includes a post-lesson summary write-up and applicable handouts/additional resources ranges from $300 (instructor) to $360 (for a senior instructor) plus HST. Please note, for new clients, we require payment in advance to finalize your appointment bookings.