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; "hyper" or naughty behavior indoors; excessive barking; doesn't get along with other animals.


Does your dog lunge, pull, dart, and act like a maniac on a leash? Can your dog play nicely? Do you know how to get your dog to be less hyper at home? Leash walking training is difficult to schedule during the winter and summer months due to weather conditions, but you can still learn how to add mental stimulation in ways you've never thought of to meet your dog's needs.


Nervous around strangers; unsure in new situations or when seeing new objects in the environment; sound sensitivity; grooming difficulties.


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, 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 is a combination of many factors? Genetics affects this. The nutrition, health, and stress of the dam (mother) during gestation and birth are factors, as well as your pup's experience in the womb and when born. Social experiences during critical developmental stages - or lack thereof - before arriving in your home are huge factors. These are all out of your control. Training, environment, proper nutrition, and veterinary care are within your control!

Pupstart may take 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 other 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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