- MHK | Behavior Modification
Behavior problems take the joy out of having a dog. It's frustrating, exhausting and embarrassing. It is easy to get discouraged with your dog's misbehavior. The good news is that depending on how self-rewarding the unwanted behavior has been to your dog, most of the time it can be solved through patience, consistency and TRAINING.
Learning stops when fear or reactivity starts. This is why many dogs are not successful in a group class setting or struggle with daily activities like meeting people or dogs on walks. If your dog is one of these, MuttSchool has developed our behavior modification program for dogs with behaviors such as hyper-arousal, separation anxiety, fear, aggression, reactivity or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
Change for these dogs does not happen overnight or in a few training sessions. These dogs have practiced these behaviors over and over and have been rewarded (even if they have been self-rewarding). It does take a commitment to make a change in the dog's behavior. It is well worth it. Our results with this program have been life-changing for dogs and their families.
Your dog may qualify for our behavior modification program if it:
During the behavior assessment, one of our experienced trainers will ask you a series of questions about your dog's behavior and will rate their responses numerically. This information will be used to categorize your dog into different behavior levels, which helps us determine which MuttSchool services will work the best for them. For example, reactive dogs may not be able to attend group classes or DaySchool, but we have other training options available to them. We want to make sure you are scheduled correctly because we know how frustrating it is to take your reactive dog to a group class and having your dog bark and lunge at every dog there. We understand and want to prevent further triggering your dog and putting you in these situations.
Our behavior assessment also helps us match your dog with the correct trainer. Working with behavior is a specialty niche that not all dog trainers are comfortable doing. We want to set you up with a trainer with the appropriate knowledge and experience to work with your dog's specific behavior needs. We want to ensure that we provide the best possible care for your dog, which is why we take the time to get to know you and your dog and then figure out your dog's unique personality through this behavior assessment.
Different behavior levels, have different pricing, due to potential risk of bites or other injuries that come with working with dogs with behavioral problems and the necessity to have multiple trainers available to work with some of the levels.. This is simply to ensure that we can provide the best possible training for your dog.
Here are a few behaviors that may represent a Rowdy Rover.
Here are behaviors that may correspond to dogs at this level:
You may recognize some of the behaviors at this level:
Here are some behaviors that may correspond to this level:
These upsetting behaviors may be seen at this level: