Behavioural Consultation & Evaluation
The process of retraining a dog with behavioural problems is not to be underestimated. Often the life of not just the dog but also the people and other animals that come into contact with the dog are affected.
It is therefore essential to determine not only is the dog retrainable but is retraining a feasible option for all concerned. During evaluation the dog will be tested on a number of things, some of which are just getting to know the, dog others determine the trainability of the dog. E.g.:
- Tolerance, for any kind of conditioning to be possible the dog needs to be workable for a time frame of at least five minutes, if a tolerance breakdown occurs before that, reconditioning is not possible,
- WTS, the dog must have a Will to Serve, this can typically be established as present quite quickly however it can (depending on the problem) take as long as a couple of weeks to be accessed.
The level of obedience or other abilities of the dog at this point are irrelevant to the evaluation and possible Consultation with owners and handlers will take place following the dog’s evaluation. The purpose of this is to:
- discuss the dog’s evaluation
- discuss the process of training and the philosophy used
- determine whether retraining is going to take place
There is at this point no obligation to any parties involved to commence training.
NOTE; At no time during the evaluation is the dog subjected any pain or psychological stress. Both are unnecessary and detrimental to the dogs behaviour and any future training.
- Fear & Aggression
- Separation anxiety
- Food refusal
- Jealousy & Overprotectiveness