As a highly social species, dogs require plenty of interaction and structure in their daily lives; including interspecies socialization, regular exercise and playtime, as well as ongoing training activities.
Oftentimes, our expectations for our dog’s behavior may be out of line with the reality of “normal” canine behavior and behavioral needs.
When your dog begins behaving in ways that are unacceptable or demonstrates aggression towards other dogs or people in the household, the very first step is to make an appointment with your veterinarian in order to address any possible underlying medical causes. Many physical ailments may be the cause of behavior problems.
ABH can help you avoid the development of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviors by focusing on your pet’s innate behavioral needs, and by showing you how to encourage good behavior and reward good conduct.
By taking a holistic approach, we will help identify environmental and management changes that will help establish healthy interactions and introduce your dog to a variety of experiences that will foster good socialization skills and reduce fear of novel items later in life.
The popularity of dogs as companion animals continues to grow, and the numbers being adopted through breed specific and other rescue organizations continues to grow with it. Close to half the dogs in households across the country were acquired through rescue services, often in collaboration with local pet suppliers and pet based businesses that support the rehoming of shelter animals. These dogs have overcome significant obstacles prior to their adoption, and thus, often have difficulty adjusting. This can result in unexpected behavioral problems.
AB&H can help identify the best solutions for behavior problems for you and your rescue dog.
Canine Behavior Services Include:
- Separation anxiety
- Thunder phobia
- General noise phobia
- Reactivity and fear, phobias
- Fearful ( aggressive) behavior towards humans or other animals
- Food/Resource guarding
- Adoption Counseling
Download: Puppy Socialization Handout