Common issues seen in dogs

Most issues with dogs can be categorized as follows:

  1. Agression
    • There are several reasons why a dog may be aggressive. The most thought reason is dominance…but in actual fact the most common cause is fear. Together we will determine which underlying cause applies to your dog.
  2. Separation anxiety
    • This is a very common occurrence, especially amongst puppies and young dogs. With the proper guidance and a solid routine they usually grow out of it. For those who have dogs that suffer from this issue as adults, the focus is now drawn to ‘anxiety’ more than ‘separation’ and finding the source of this anxiety which will give us a direct map to solving the issue.
  3. Excessive barking
    • ​​As we are all well aware dogs bark for many different reasons, but with excessive barking there are usually only two. Dominance and/or boredom. Once leadership has been established and the boredom addressed, the barking should cease or at the very least be drastically reduced.
  4. The ‘Come’ command
    • From my experience I would say that this is the one command that most dog owners have difficulty teaching their dogs. There is a simple, effective technique that I learned 30 years ago and has worked wonders for me and my clients ever since. I would love to show you.
  5. Overly excited
    • There are many breeds that are very high energy and were bred for a specific job requiring them to have this energy to perform their duties. Choosing and discovering inventive activities to simulate those jobs, will allow a focal point for those energies.
  6. Fear issues
    • Fear issues can have a few causes; past abuse, genetics and traumatic incidences. It is important to know what is needed to help your dog move past his/her fears. We may have all the love and best intentions but without the proper knowledge certain human behaviours can enable the fear to become more prevalent.
  7. Listening skills & communication
    • Your dog has a few annoying behaviours that you have tried everything in you power to stop but it is just not working. A common mistake is using Verbal means or Fear to correct a dog’s behaviour, though it may seem to work at times, it usually is short lived and very temporary. Approximately 95% of dog communication is ‘non-verbal’ and it is very confusing for the dogs when fear is used as a teaching tool. Energy plays a very important part in having these behaviours corrected. It is your energy that dictates the outcome of correcting an unwanted behaviour.
  8. Walking is everything
    • Walking your dog is the cornerstone to the relationship you will have with your dog. It is the best chance to establish leadership and to teach your dog how to follow.

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