The most common behavioral issues we are faced with are aggression toward dogs or humans; fearfulness and a dog that pulls so much on the leash that he is just too difficult to walk without the risk of injury to either the dog or the walker. Most dogs we see for behavioral issues fall under these three categories, but whatever the issue seems to be, it always boils down to be a communication problem with a very simple solution.
Let’s take the issue of pulling on the leash; in most cases, something that can be cured in a few minutes with the correct communication between dog and owner. This is how this behavior starts: You put the leash on your dog and he is all excited because he’s going out. You encourage the excitement and say words like “park”, “walk”, “play” etc. The dog is pumped up; you open the door; he flies out; you trail behind him and follow him to wherever he takes you. If you have a big dog, this can go bad quickly because someone can get dragged into traffic or the dog can just get away from you and get hit by a car. Now, what the dog learned is not good and potentially dangerous, so we just don’t walk him anymore because he pulls too much. Now, this creature is condemned to living its life in a confined space where he doesn’t get enough exercise; so, he paces, barks at everything and everybody, and by doing that becomes aggressive with anyone that approaches. Now the dog would become aggressive and a danger to keep. What happens next happens thousands of times every day in this country – the dog goes to the shelter and is eventually euthanized.
Our entire philosophy and reason for being here are to open the channels of communication between dog and owner and thereby curing a lot of the behavioral issues that condemn our dogs to a sad existence or early death.