Pupstart Family Dog Training

Behavior Consulting

If your dog's behavior concerns you, put Pupstart's experience and education to work for you.


Incomplete house training or house soiling; jumping up; counter surfing; chewing and other types of destructiveness; naughty or noisy behavior indoors; doesn't get along with other animals.


Is your dog hyper? Even though the old adage is "a tired dog is a good dog," physical exhaustion is not necessary. You may not have enough time or you may not be able to walk your dog far enough to take that edge off. Daycare is expensive! Does your dog know how to play with you? Did you know you can implement simple activities and short training sessions to meet your dog's needs for mental stimulation? If not, you've found the right dog trainer.


Nervous around strangers; unsure in new situations or when seeing new objects in the environment; sound sensitivity; problems with handling and grooming.


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

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

    • 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, skittish, “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),

      • While being near another person,

      • 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 an 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.

Contact your veterinarian if your dog has shown any of the threatening or anxious behaviors above. Your veterinarian is always your first point of contact if your dog shows these signs of anxiety, fear, or threatening behavior (including snapping, nipping, and biting.) There may be an underlying medical issue that is causing these behaviors or making them worse.

Did you know your dog's personality (temperament) is a combination of many factors? Genetics affects this. The nutrition, health, and stress of the dam (mother) during pregnancy and birth are factors, as well as your pup's experience in the womb and during birth.

Positive social experiences early in your dog's life - or lack thereof - before your pup comes home affect future behavior.

Training, environment, proper nutrition, and veterinary care are within your control. With Pupstart's experience and guidance, you'll have the most up-to-date information and coaching available to address behavior concerns.

Pupstart selectively takes cases in which dogs show threatening behavior to people, other pets, or have a history of injuring people or other pets on referral from your veterinarian. Contact Pupstart for a referral form.

These dog bite cases are not accepted:

  • Your dog has a lengthy bite history.

  • A person or another pet has died as a result of an attack.

  • Law enforcement has intervened.

  • A lawsuit or hearing with your local government is pending.

Go to the Contact page, tell me about your dog, and let me know what you need help with.

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