THE COMPLETE (CERTIFIED) CONSULT
Finding the calm for your storm.
YOUR DOG IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.
Dogs have a unique capacity for emotion. Unfortunately, they do not have the spoken word to rely on when trying to communicate their fears and suspicions. Sometimes they experience the world much differently than we expect. These perceptions can trigger new, and for most, unexpected behaviors. Keeping in mind that anxiety is the underpinning of most aggressive displays, Cooperation Canine focuses on addressing the root of the anxiety to change the unwanted behavior.
There are many variables to consider when assessing behavior. In addition to identifying the primary function of the problem behavior, we will work to identify deficits or excess that may be impacting the emotional and behavioral health of your dog so that we can activate strategies to help.
WE WILL ALSO ASSESS THE FOLLOWING:
• Environmental Enrichment / Management
• Exercise / Physical Activity
• Cognitive opportunity
• Access to Reinforcement
WE WILL IDENTIFY THE FOLLOWING:
• What is controlling the behavior
• What the function of the behavior is
• What is maintaining the behavior
• Prognosis for behavior change
A dog that is punished or treated negatively for simply showing us how he/she is feeling, regardless of how that looks, will continue to get worse until the desired result is achieved. This is typically relief from the stressor. Unwanted behavior can be modified and managed by helping the dog tolerate high-risk situations better and teaching alternate, acceptable behaviors that yield the same result - again, that is relief. Aggression can not be “cured.” Any trainer who suggested using methods involving fear, pain, or dominance to “fix” your dog should be avoided. Please visit the RESOURCES section read more about aversive training.
Consults are required for:
Dog-directed and Human-directed Aggression - Defined as any threatening, agonistic, or undesirable behavior, with or without damage resulting
Separation Anxiety - This is a medical condition that is diagnosable. If your dog has been officially diagnosed, we can consult with your vet. If you suspect it, there are tools available to assess your dog's situation
Leash Reactivity - Addressing leash frustration and/or aggression can allow for safer and calmer walks. It is very likely that the intensity if your dog's reaction can be reduced with positive reinforcement.
Resource Guarding - This is a natural behavior for many dogs. When it is directed at humans or intense enough to result in aggression with or without damage, help is required.
Complex Behaviors Issues - Considered a specialty, the evaluation will allow us to asses all impacts on your dog's behavior and arrive at a plan to both confirm and work through difficult-to-identify issues. If you dog is struggling, has had multiple previous trainers, or seems to be troubled by most things in their environment, this process will allow us to unravel the issues.
Certified Behavior Consult with Written Evaluation and Individual Behavior Plan
This is a private, in home consultation to collect a behavior history, observe your dog in its environment, and in depth discussion of the issues, prognosis, and how best to move forward. This includes a written summary of the assessment and a complete individualized behavior plan for your dog. This session is up to 2 hours. Additional handouts may be provided. Cost: $395.
Follow up Work Sessions
After the initial consult is complete, the work sessions can begin. Session rates range for work sessions focused on behavior modification cases, including but not limited to fear, aggression, resource guarding, reactivity, separation anxiety, and other emotion-based behaviors. Cost for work session: $150. per hour
If you are outside of a 45-minute travel window, there may be an additional charge.