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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Canine Psychological Rehabilitation


Canine Psychological Rehabilitation

Canine 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

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