What is Canine Behavior Modification?

Canine Behavior Modification is a system that is put into place using obedience, balanced structure, discipline and preparing both the dog and owner for this transition using the LIMA approach. What is LIMA? LIMA stands for Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive tools to avoid conflict in the training process. If a person uses too harsh of a correction, the dog may SEEM to have "stopped" that behavior, but that means it could of shut down mentally to avoid the next correction. So how do we know what to do?

How to help.....

The first step is to do a Behavior Modification so I can get as much history on the dog's present and past situation, the owner's demographics, previous training experience (if any), training tools & techniques, and goals. We watch how the dog responds to the more positive approach working our way to the negative reinforcements to the balanced corrections, if we need to. I teach you how to watch for micro-moves in the dog's body language, how to understand misconceptions of exhibiting behaviors and how to avoid further damage that first created this.

When is it done....

As soon as you can make your first appointment. I understand there are many factors that go into hiring a dog trainer, and I respect that. None the less, waiting thinking a puppy will grow out of the behavior is completely wrong. It will maybe change but for the most part it will become worse. Puppies turn into dogs (obviously) so will the behavior change as it will get more serious. Especially when children, elderly, special needs, neighbors or not even able to take your dog out into public. Dogs that have the slightest or the most severe issues need help now. Imagine having a medical need and no one wanting to assist you for various reason?

What are the main issues....

In defense of the owners, it not knowing where to start. It can even be that they are embarrassed, confused or naive what training tools to use on what behaviors and obedience. And that's ok, as long as you are getting help. I truly believe the work starts with creating a better bond and foundation by understanding what needs to be addressed to build a constructive program. Making excuses and blaming who is wrong won't help. The main issues happen when the help doesn't start. Taking the first step will create a better journey for both you, the family and the dog.

Who Helps and Why...

Who needs to help will be critical in this journey. Making sure whom hire as a dog trainer can predict how the outcome will happen. Having a professional trainer with both academical and hands on skills will make all the difference. Knowing a professional dog trainer certified with the best organizations, up on their skills and involved with other colleagues and mentors can tell you whom you are hiring.

The dog training industry is a rapidly growing career field because it is not regulated by any governing bodies and does not have set standards on who can train what dog. That means ANYONE can call themselves a dog trainer. Scary, isn't it? So how do you know? By doing your research on what trainer specializes in what field. I specialize in training family dogs. I do not train Service Dogs, and so forth.

Why does does this matter? Because who you are paying and putting your trust into to accommodate your needs makes all the difference in the outcome of your situation.