Behavior Modification Knoxville, TN
Behavior Modification Program
We offer a behavior modification board and train program to help dogs with all different types of behavioral issues. The most common ones are dog aggression, human aggression, resource guarding, and anxiety.
None of these issues are a quick fix and that is why our program is 4-8 weeks long, depending on your dog’s issues and our rehabilitation training plan.
We do not take a cookie cutter approach to training. We design each case around your dog and your needs. During our behavior modification program, your dog will learn all of the same obedience as our other programs and your dog will learn to make better decisions while creating a calm state of mind. Our Goal is for your dog be the best version of themselves. With our guidance and decades of experience, we can help transform your dog into a better behaved and confident animal!
Aggression Training (Monthly Rate $6500, additional weeks $1000 per week)
Whether it be dog on dog aggression, dog on human aggression or a combination of both, it can be an extremely stressful experience for a dog owner, possibly having devastating emotional and financial consequences.
We always operate transparently and provide our clients with truthful, reliable and unfiltered feedback. In a lot of cases, most people are not equipped with the skill set to deal with difficult dogs exhibiting serious aggression.
Aggression will be evaluated on a case by case basis and our normal training fees do not apply. The cost for this training is much higher and pricing is based on the severity of the aggression.
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Common Dog Behavioral Issues
Dog-on-dog aggression can be a common issue that is either genetic or rooted from a negative experience. The number one contributor to dog aggression is typically when an owner takes their young pup to a dog park and gets bullied or attacked by older dogs. This negative traumatic experience creates a negative association with dogs and it develops into dog reactivity or aggression.
Human Aggression can also be genetic or created through negative associations. Genetic aggression is usually a mix of fear, dominance and/or bad nerves.
Human aggression created through negative experiences usually comes from abusive dog owners who don’t know how to properly communicate with their dogs.
Here at K9 Services Unlimited is our job to teach you how to reinforce good behaviors and apply negative consequences properly for unwanted behaviors.
Resource guarding in dogs is a serious issue that many pet owners may face. Essentially, this behavior consists of a dog exhibiting possessiveness and territoriality over treats or toys, which can sometimes lead to aggressive responses. Resource guarding can manifest itself in varying levels of intensity, from mild benign expressions to severe growling and biting. Dealing with resource guarding requires diverting the dog’s attention away from the items it’s guarding and teaching him that he doesn’t need to protect his objects and that people won’t take them away. Redirecting aggression into positive reinforcement activities and rewarding desired behaviors can also be beneficial for eliminating resource guarding in your canine companion.
Anxiety can be a crippling condition for both humans and dogs alike. For canines, anxiety can manifest itself in various ways, such as pacing and panting, destructive behavior, excessive barking or howling, chewing and licking, or loss of appetite.
If left untreated, an anxious dog can do great emotional harm to itself.
Fortunately, there are steps that pet owners can take to help reduce the stress their pup may be feeling.
Training is typical the first recommended step. You want to get an assessment from a trained professional to help you understand what your dog is going through.
Providing more physical activity throughout the day is important; this will help them release pent-up energy in a positive way. Increasing mental stimulation is also critical for addressing anxiety – using interactive toys will keep them entertained and engaged thereby distracting them from feeling overwhelmed by their environment. Finally, maintaining a consistent daily routine and having moments where your pet gets focused attention from you will go a long way in providing reassurance and comfort to your worried canine companion.
Reactivity in dogs is an issue that many owners face, particularly if it’s directed toward other animals or humans. It can be a behavior inherited from the parents, but it can also be caused by anxiety and fear, especially if the dog hasn’t been properly socialized or has had previous negative experiences.
If your dog is exhibiting reactivity it can be helped with positive reinforcement techniques such as reward-based training or by visiting an animal behavior consultant to provide more personalized advice. Reactivity doesn’t have to mean the end of walks and outdoor activities; with time and patience you’ll find ways to help your pup relax and enjoy their outings again.