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Reactivity and Agression.

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Does your dog growl at guests, lunge at other dogs in the street, or start fights at the park? Maybe they are okay until someone touches them, protect their food and toys or they show active dislike for just one other breed of dog?

 

Through Family Dog Mediation and behavioural therapy, there are lots of steps we can take to help your dog start to have a more optimistic approach to these situations, and help you as their guardian understand why they may respond this way and how you can best support them. Many overly reactive or aggressive behaviours stem from fear, and the odd dog (naming no names, usually terriers, my own included) can sometimes get a high from shouting at people. But regardless of the cause, there are things that can be put in place to help reduce these big 'distance increasing' behaviours, help your dog feel safer, and in many cases begin working toward teaching or rebuilding social skills again for your dog.

 

Working on overly reactive behaviour is in reality very, very different from what you often see on the TV. Longlasting changes come from going at the dogs pace, and most sessions will be non-eventful. 'Boring' is the key to success!

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I can help with:

  • Aggression directed toward people

  • Aggression directed toward other dogs

  • Aggression directed toward other animals

  • Territorial aggression

  • Frustration based aggression

  • Aggression that stems from being handled

  • Resource guarding aggression

  • Inter-household aggression

  • On lead aggression

  • Muzzle training

  • Management set ups

  • Rehoming support

  • Behavioural Euthansia support

  • Dogs living in large families who have regular get-togethers and need to be able to get along.

  • Dogs who have had bad past experiences and need to overcome fear/trauma.

  • For introducing a new dog to the family.

  • For working through multidog household issues.

  • Support introducing friends' dogs to your dog.

  • For socially awkward dogs who appear to want to interact and play with others but don't quite 'get it right'.

  • Dogs who get frustrated during greetings.

  • Dogs who socialise well off the lead but poorly on lead (or vice versa).

  • For dogs who need remedial socialisation to ensure their social needs are being met.

*I will refer MOST aggression cases that involve children and dogs on to Alex at Dotty Dog Training who specialises in working with children and dogs.

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