Why it’s important to choose the correct Dog Behaviourist
Every day I receive emails the length of my arm explaining how badly behaved peoples dogs are. Dog aggression is ever increasing, whether it’s dog on dog aggression, aggression towards humans, anxiety related, nervousness aggression, fear aggression, they are all becoming a huge problem in society.When people contact me they are in desperate need of help, what they don’t want is some unprofessional, inexperienced so called dog behaviourist/trainer who professes to know about dogs.
Working with dogs everyday of my life and for 17 hours a day 7 days a week I see many dogs and owners. Aggression is something that I specialise in and enjoy working with. Seeing the smile on a clients face when the dog they own has a future after I’ve helped to rehabilitate their behavioural problem is rewarding. Therefore it really annoys me when I speak to owners who’ve had the ‘fluffy bunny so called trainer’ in, only to exacerbate the dogs behaviour. This is become more and more of a problem.
One example is an enquiry I received yesterday. An 18 month old Sprocker called Jack. The owner has done some trainer but has allowed the dog to dominate her life. Jack has become aggressive towards Joanne and her son, he’s resource guarding and recently Jack bit Joanne whilst she was stroking him. The situation had become untenable so Joanne called in a dog behaviourist. So you may ask why has she called me 3 weeks after seeing the so called dog behaviourist? The answer is simple. The dog behaviourist has made the dog worse. A 3 hour home visit and all she could advise was to throw food on the floor to distract. To me thats a copout, not only was she unable to help, she is feeding the behaviour. Throwing food towards Jack is rewarding negative behaviour, it’s like saying if your child slaps you on the face then why not give them a chocolate bar to stop them. That obviously isn’t going to help the situation.
Before you book an appointment with a dog behaviouralist, read their website and testimonials, speak with them and ensure they have the knowledge and more importantly the experience of helping with the behavioural problems you have.