The Biting Dog - Private Training Program
From Arthur's Family-
We are so grateful to Sue. Our rescue dog Arthur bit the neighbor and broke skin. We were sure that we were going to have to return him or find him another home. Sue came to the house and spent a long time listening to us, observing Arthur and gave him some tests. She told us that he was not an aggressive dog but only scared and needing some training to make him more confident. We did a six week program with her and each session Arthur got better. Her methods were kind to him. We learned that the pinch collar was part of the problem and she taught us how to use a harness that was a lot more comfortable for him. Arthur can now walk in the neighborhood and not try to bark or bite people and we are very happy with the result. If it had not been for Sue we would never have known how to be better pet parents for him. Thank you Sue!!!!!!
It wasn't that Arthur was necessarily a "bad" dog - His own fear was simply misunderstood by his humans. After biting a neighbor, his family knew it was time to call a professional dog trainer.
Together, with Arthur's parents, we worked through a 6 week program designed to not only help Arthur become less fearful, but also to help his family better understand how to prevent a similar situation from happening again.
So what does my Biting Dog Private Training Program Entail?
It is critical that I assess your dog and investigate each bite or snap incident. Bites generally fall into one or more well-defined categories. To misdiagnose a biting dog and use the wrong treatment plan only increases the problem. Owners who give an honest background of their dog's biting behavior get a better diagnosis.
Owners who enroll in this program must be dedicated to not only their pet's treatment but safety for others. Be prepared to use methods, none that employ violence to your dog, that are not 'garden variety' found on websites, Internet searches or suggestions from television trainers with artificially whitened teeth. Popular advice about biting dogs is generally poor. Cliches such as 'dominate your dog,' 'be your dog's pack leader,' 'use a pinch collar,' 'you have to show him whose boss' or 'hang him by the neck' do not help.
My approach to biting dogs is safety to all humans first, then, use scientific behavioral methods coupled with the basic needs and nature of your dog to relieve the cause(s) of the biting. Breed inherited traits must be understood clearly by you.
Dogs who bite family members, strangers or other humans are all eligible for treatment. Dog who bite children are eligible.
Sessions are generally in your home. The presence of the person(s) who the dog bites is not needed in every cases. Some sessions may be a 'field trip' to the veterinarian's office, groomers or out on a walk. Drugs are not used in this program unless prescribed by your veterinarian.