Dog Behavior Problems | Dog Aggression |Fearful Dog

Behavior Consulting

IF YOUR DOG'S BEHAVIOR CONCERNS YOU, put pupstart's experience
and education to work for you.

POOR MANNERS

Incomplete housetraining or house soiling; jumping up; countersurfing; chewing and other types of destructiveness; "hyper" or naughty behavior indoors; excessive barking; doesn't get along with other animals.

DIFFICULTY WITH EXERCISE

Lunging, pulling, darting and acting like a maniac on a leash; doesn't know how to play or plays too roughly; not interested in toys or rips toys to pieces. (Leash walking training will not be conducted when the temperature is above 80º F or below 20º F.)

ANXIETY: Nervous around strangers; unsure in new situations or when seeing new objects in the environment; unable to be left alone; sound sensitivity; grooming difficulties.

AGGRESSION

Does your dog show worrisome behaviors that make you uncertain about what could happen? Does your dog...?

  • Show threatening behavior that makes you, family members, visitors, or other pets uncomfortable;

    • Not "let you" or others pet, restrain, handle her body, touch her, groom or bathe her, especially if she's tired;

    • Act possessive (“protective”) of people when they approach you or another family member;

    • Remain nervous, “spooky” or agitated for extended periods around visitors whether they are strangers, family members or children, making you worry that he/she may snap or bite; or,

    • Stiffen, hunker over, show teeth, growl, snap or bite around:

      • The food bowl,

      • Dropped food,

      • Bones or toys,

      • Locations (stair landing, furniture, bed, doorways),

      • A person trying to remove the dog after it has run under furniture with a forbidden or stolen object, or,

      • A person attempting to remove any object from the dog;

  • Duck away, cringe, back up, lay on the ground and expose belly or run away when reached toward to pet or pick up;

  • Snap without teeth contacting skin;

  • Bite causing scratches, cuts, punctures, tears or bruising;

  • Fight with other dogs - housemates or not - causing mild injury to injury requiring vet care;

  • Kill or seriously injure wildlife;

  • Chase after, growl, snarl, nip or bite at strangers on and off your property .

If your dog has shown any of the threatening or anxious behaviors above, please discuss this with your veterinarian before contacting Pupstart. Your dog's temperament (personality) is a manifestation of many factors. For example: genetic influences, the nutrition, health and stress level of the dam (mother) during gestation, social experiences - or lack thereof - before arriving in your home, training history, environment, and current health status. Your veterinarian is always your first point of contact for anxiety, fear and threatening behavior or biting.

Cases in which dogs show threatening behavior, bite people, or have a history of injuring other pets may be accepted with a referral from your veterinarian. An initial consult for a case of this type is billed at $100-$150 per hour.

These dog bite cases are not accepted: law enforcement has intervened; a lawsuit is pending; or, a human or animal has died as a result of a dog bite or attack.

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