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Dog and Puppy Psychological Rehabilitation

If your puppy or dog is exhibiting high levels of stress, insecurity and anxiety, aggression, obsession your canine is in distress. You and your canine require assistance as soon as possible. High intensity and red-zone behavior can develop at any age  and may be seen in early puppy-hood to teenage or adult dogs.

High intensity behavior may be triggered by past environmental influences, a sudden event or develop overtime when a puppy or dog is not getting the guidance needed to instill a sense of ‘normal’.  You can read more about factors that influence dog behavior here. Utilization of inappropriate training methods can be a contributing factor to the development and increasing intensity of unhealthy behavior. In the absence of this required guidance the puppy or dog escalates to high levels of intense reactivity in a matter of seconds and you likely have difficulty getting your canine out of this state and back to a state of ‘normal’.

The following provides some examples of behavior that indicates your dog is currently within a state of high intensity and /or Red Zone (over-threshold) behavior:

High Intensity Behavior may include the following or similar…

  • Counter surfing
  • Constant pulling while on-leash
  • If you drop an item on the floor, your dog moves in and grabs the item before you can pick the object up
  • Jumping up on people or other dogs to get to them and to greet them
  • Pushing past you through door ways
  • Poor recall
  • Passing you as you go down the stairs
  • Running out an open door without permission
  • Dog exhibits insecurity, anxiousness – but not aggression to the point of intentional biting
  • Demanding – insists on getting attention  on demand
  • Intense pulling on the leash when your dog sees another dog, cat, squirrel, etc. – exhibiting excitement, but not aggressive-reactivity
  • Impulse to chase bicycles, cars etc
  • Barking at people or other dogs when they pass by
  • etc.
  • And one or more of the behaviors listed below or other similar behavior…
    • Complete inability to settle down the majority of the time
    • Dog exhibits insecurity, anxiousness that comes across as aggression, around specific inanimate or animate objects
    • Demanding – insists on getting attention  on demand and frequently
    • Extreme separation anxiety
    • Intense pulling and vocalization on the leash when your dog sees another dog, cat, squirrel, etc. exhibiting excitement, but not aggressive-reactivity
    • May have obsessive compulsive disorder behavior (OCD)
    • Your dog is becoming acutely destructive even when you are home
    • Your dog is chewing/destroying your boots, shoes, furniture, wall molding, etc.
    • Your dog is destroying his/her crate, chewing through drywall, doors, etc.
    • Your dog is injuring his/her self
    • Starting to be possessive / guarding – food, toys, space, people, your dog ‘owns’ you or another family member, etc.
    • Intense ‘play’ with other dogs that borders on aggression
    • Behaving in a dominating fashion with other dogs
    • Pestering, bullying and not respecting your cats 0r other non-canine animals
    • etc.

Puppies and dogs that require psychological rehabilitation training due to high intensity behavior are within Zone Three of my behavior assessment scale.

Dog Behavior Scale Zone 3

Red Zone Behavior may include the following or similar…

  • Counter surfing
  • Constant pulling while on-leash
  • If you drop an item on the floor, your dog moves in and grabs the item before you can pick the object up
  • Jumping up on people or other dogs to get to them and to greet them
  • Pushing past you through door ways
  • Poor recall
  • Passing you as you go down the stairs
  • Running out an open door without permission
  • Dog exhibits insecurity, anxiousness – but not aggression to the point of intentional biting
  • Demanding – insists on getting attention  on demand
  • Intense pulling on the leash when your dog sees another dog, cat, squirrel, etc. – exhibiting excitement, but not aggressive-reactivity
  • Impulse to chase bicycles, cars etc
  • Barking at people or other dogs when they pass by
  • etc.
  • And one or more of the behaviors listed below or other similar behavior…
    • Complete inability to settle down the majority of the time
    • Demanding – insists on getting attention  on demand and frequently
    • Extreme separation anxiety
    • Intense pulling and vocalization on the leash when your dog sees another dog, cat, squirrel, etc. exhibiting excitement, but not aggressive-reactivity
    • May have obsessive compulsive disorder behavior (OCD)
    • Your dog is becoming acutely destructive even when you are home
    • Your dog is chewing/destroying your boots, shoes, furniture, wall molding, etc.
    • Your dog is destroying his/her crate, chewing through drywall, doors, etc.
    • Your dog is injuring his/her self
    • Starting to be possessive / guarding – food, toys, space, people, your dog ‘owns’ you or another family member, etc.
    • Intense ‘play’ with other dogs that borders on aggression
    • Behaving in a dominating fashion with other dogs
    • Pestering, bullying and not respecting your cats 0r other non-canine animals
    • etc.
  • Plus the following or similar –

If this sounds like your puppy or dog psychological rehabilitation, behavior modification and  obedience training is required to build you puppy’s or dog’s confidence the right way and resolve the current insecure, anxious reactive behavior.

Puppies and dogs that require psychological rehabilitation training due to Red Zone behavior are within Zone Three of my behavior assessment scale.

Dog Behavior Scale Red Zone

For information on my canine psychological rehabilitation sessions go here

About Karen

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Karen. My family and I adopted two Full(not dessexed) Pure bread blue staffy’s one Female Mia and Ceaser our male and where not made aware of there fighting which occurs over food, whilst on walks if another dog barks at them through the gate, the dog next to our house will bark and sometimes it will get heated between Mia and Ceaser, over kids and our attention and much more. Mia has shown very high anxiety issues with her behavior here at home and when we have taken her way with us, she would not sleep at all and was trying to climb inside me the whole time. Mia can not be left alone at all as she makes very very loud noises (crying). You can not pat Mia without Ceaser coming over to nibble your hand, Is that jealousy from Ceaser? Mia also stops still randomly, stares into space for 2-5 mins looking gone then all of a sudden comes back to earth, is that normal? She has a beautiful soul and Ceaser is a pleasure but we really need help with them fighting and Mia’s anxiety, we need to be able to leave her outside at home when we go out. Please help everyone is telling me to put her down…I want to heal her. I believe Mia was used by the previous owners as a breeding machine and the truama of 2 c sections (surgery’s) and the fighting and damaged Mia. PLEAAAAAAAASSSSEEE HELP US BE ABLE TO HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY WITH NO FIGHTING BETWEEN OUR DOGS.

  2. Laetitia B. Auguste

    Hi,

    I live in Ottawa (Avalon in Orleans) and have an 8 year old Pomeranian, Bubba, who I think needs a behaviorist (maybe just a trainer, but I’m not 100% sure). I got Bubba from an ex-boyfriend (who had him for a couple years before I took him in full-time).

    My mother, father, sister, my 3 year old daughter and I all live in the same home where Bubba lives. My brother often comes over (with one, or all three of his Dobermen: he has a 9 year old, a 1 1/2 year old and a 11 month old doberman). Bubba does not get along with them at all (or any dog for that matter). Bubba has been living with me full-time for 3 1/2 years now. His behavior stems from the time he was with my ex. Here are some examples:

    1) While he listens to commands, mostly coming from me, (sit, stay, he comes when called, etc.), he exhibits aggressive tendencies towards some strangers and my now 3 year old daughter (although he has been around her since her birth). He growls (low ears, tail between legs, hunched, etc.) and shows his teeth.

    2) He also has a marking problem. Although he is constantly let out, he still pees in the house, especially on strangers things (i.e. shoes, bags, jackets hung on stair rail, etc.).

    3) To add to the problem, I moved away for school and will be away for the next 2 years. I am the only person he listens to (Alpha). Therefore, I fear that the behavior will escalate now that I’m not there; my mom babies him and my dad doesn’t really have as much control on him as I do. I think they could benefit from someone coming to the house to work with both my parents, my daughter and of course Bubba in order to work on his behavior.

    4) He also whines and howls when he is crated (I can’t let him roam free during the day because he will pee in the house). Because he is literally obsessed with my mom, if he is crated and doesn’t see her (and knows that she is home) he will howl, whine and yelp.

    I want to nip his behavior in the bud because I don’t want him to hurt my daughter, and have to make a decision to get rid of him and whatnot. He has come a LONG way since I’ve had him full-time, and I know I might not end up with the friendliest family dog that I wish to have (because some of this behavior might be learned at this point) but I just don’t want to have to worry when I’m not there, especially with my daughter and when people come to my house when I’m away.

    Please let me know if this is something you can help me with, or if you can’t, if you can refer me to someone.

    Thank you,

    Laetitia

    • Your Pomeranian’s behaviour is repairable if you learn how to properly communicate with him and put the simple structures in-place that he requires. And yes I can teach you how to do this should you decide to do a session with me after which you will need to implement what I teach you. FYI, your dog knows that you are thinking of ‘getting rid of him’ as you noted above – and this exacerbates your dog’s state of anxiety. Dogs are no different than humans in that they require good structure and support in order to function as normal happy individuals.

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