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Behavioral counseling

Behavioral counseling

Empowering Dogs and Their Owners at Pawsychology

At Pawsychology, we believe that every dog deserves a chance. This is why we have a no-turn-away policy. We assess both dog and owner to ascertain the best training plan. This kind of assessment is called behavioral counseling. Behavioral counseling for dogs involves working with a dog behaviorist or certified professional dog trainer, such as Olivier Zoppi, to help address various behavioral issues your dog may be experiencing. These issues can include separation anxiety, fear and phobias, aggression, and more. Behavioral counseling is not only effective in treating existing problems but also in preventing problems in the future.

Let's have a look at separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety is a common behavioral issue that affects many dogs. It occurs when a dog becomes anxious or distressed when separated from their owner. This can lead to destructive behavior, excessive barking, and even physical harm to themselves. Behavioral therapy for dogs with separation anxiety may involve counter-conditioning, which consists in changing the dog’s negative association with being alone to a positive one.

Our professionally trained dog trainers at Pawsychology also recommend creating a safe and secure environment for your dog, such as providing them with a designated space to retreat to when you are not home.

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Why work with a dog behaviorist at our facility?

All our dog behaviorists at our center are professionally trained and qualified, specializing in canine behavior, and provide guidance and training to owners like you to help improve your pet’s behavior and overall health.

Our trainers at Pawsychology will work with you and your dog to identify the underlying causes of behavioral issues and develop a personalized plan to address these issues. Our trainers use positive reinforcement techniques to modify your dog’s behavior and provide you with guidance and support throughout the training process.

Transforming Behavior

Effective Behavioral Therapy for Dogs at Pawsychology

Behavioral therapy for dogs

Behavioral therapy for dogs involves using various techniques and methods to modify your furry friend’s behavior. These techniques may include counter-conditioning, desensitization, positive reinforcement training, and more. We believe that behavioral therapy for dogs effectively addresses various issues, including aggression, fear and phobias, and separation anxiety. Just remember, it is crucial to work with a certified professional dog trainer or behaviorist to ensure that the therapy is tailored to your dog’s specific needs and that you use effective and safe training methods.

Aggression, and why should it not be ignored?

Aggression is a serious behavioral issue that we have seen time and time again can pose a threat to other animals and people. Various factors, such as fear, anxiety, and territorial behavior can cause aggression. Behavioral therapy for aggressive dogs may involve counter-conditioning, where the dog learns to associate positive experiences with the stimulus that triggers aggressive behavior. Our trainers at Pawsychology may also recommend teaching your dog alternative behaviors, such as sitting or lying down, to redirect their attention when they feel anxious or threatened.

Fear and phobias

Fear and phobias are common behavioral issues that can cause a lot of distress for your dog. They can be caused by various factors, including past traumatic experiences or a lack of socialization. Behavioral therapy for dogs with fear and phobias may involve desensitization, where the dog is gradually exposed to the trigger that causes their fear in a controlled and positive environment. We also recommend using positive reinforcement techniques to help the dog associate positive experiences with the trigger that causes their fear or phobia.

Dog trainers and dog behaviorists

So, what is the difference between a dog trainer and a dog behaviorist?

Dog trainers teach skills such as obedience, agility, and tracking in group or one-on-one sessions and tend to be less expensive than behaviorists, who have advanced college degrees and are experts in canine conduct. 

Dog trainers are typically more affordable than behaviorists because the latter requires additional education. Certified applied animal behaviorists study animal behavior, psychology, biology, and zoology so therefore, they will possess more scientific, medical, and research knowledge than a dog trainer.

Just remember that each dog is unique, with unique behavior concerns. Treat them as such, and don’t expect change overnight. It is essential that the training and behavioral modification we do is reinforced once the dog is back home. The Pawsychology team promises to give each dog a chance to improve with the support of a caring owner.  

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