Canine Behavior Consulting:
The acknowledgment and respect for the relationship between owner and pet are essential in assessing the dog's behavior and is paramount in developing a training protocol. A Behavior Consult addresses “Behavioral Problems” where a Trainer addresses “Problem Behavior”. A Behavior Consult is performed by someone who has had formal training, knowledge, and experience in applying Learning Theory [Animal and Human], Interviewing Techniques, Non-Verbal Analysis, Ethology, Canine Communication, Evolution, Development, Domestication, Temperament, Normal and Abnormal Behavior, Human-Animal Studies [canine-human interaction, communication and bond] and appropriate Training Methods for behavior problems. A Canine Behavior Consultant should hold a graduate degree in Biology, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Psychology or Applied Animal Behavior.
After a Veterinarian exam has ruled out any underlying cause of problematic behavior a Canine Behavior Consult would be advised.
Specific problem behaviors have a specific underlying cause.
A Canine Behavior Consult is warranted if there is a behavior problem involving one or more of the following:
These may be due to the dog's:
Medical condition [that has been addressed by a Veterinarian]
Biological or genetic makeup [nature]
Evolution [dogs inherited behavior, for
example a high prey drive]
Improper Socialization or lack thereof
To do this, the Consultant first:
Observes the dog in its natural surrounding
Observes the dog with its owner and family
If possible, directly observe[s] the behavioral problem of concern
A Temperament Assessment and Behavior Evaluation is performed
The owner is interviewed regarding the dog’s behavior, hopefully with the dog present.
An in-depth Intake Questionnaire is completed by the owner. This includes the dog’s history, medical, social, training, behavioral and human interactions information.
This information is then compiled and developed into a working Protocol for training. This protocol is outlined for the owner, trainer,
Veterinarian and other relevant personnel to work with as a team.
Follow up either in person or through phone and e-mail are paramount in adjusting the training protocol and providing emotional support for the owner and the dog. The care and respect of their relationship are to be honored and respected.
Open communication and feedback is strongly encouraged by all members of the team as the ultimate overall welfare of the dog is
of primary importance.
See the Evaluations tab for further information.
A Behavior Consultation is not a training session but a step-by-step process that identifies the underlying cause of the behavior. Secondly, a Consult develops a protocol for training and or management from recognized Applied Animal Behavior and Learning Principles based on positive–reward[s].