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.


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. 


Evaluations and Behaviors Plans are required for:

  • Dog-directed and Human-directed Aggression - Defined as any antagonistic, unwanted 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 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 design a plan to both confirm and work through difficult-to-identify issues. 



Individual Behavior Plan (IBP) 
We will come to your home and observe your dog in its environment, take a detailed history and do some exercises that will help us to determine the issues, prognosis, and how best to move forward. You can expect a written evaluation including the IBP within 5 working days of the visit. The plan will include strategies that you can use immediately and protocols that will require follow up visits. Email support to answer any questions during the engagement is included in the cost. 

Cost:  $225.

Work Sessions 
After the IBP is complete, follow up sessions can begin. Our 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:  $125 – $150* per session. 

  • Session includes notes, homework, and handouts

  • Unlimited email support over the course of the engagement


There is a travel fee for appointments outside of a 10 mile radius from Rehoboth, MA. It is $1.50 per mile, round trip. 

*This rate applies to dogs with a history of one or more damaging bites to dogs or humans.