Post # 1
Has anyone ever done Behavioral Therapy for their dog or cat? As in, someone comes to your home and does an evaluation and helps you work through issues you are having with your pet?
Our dog is having serious trouble and we have an appointment for someone to come to the house in 2 weeks. He has been biting, peeing out of spite, and is now on medication for separation anxiety, amoung other issues. This is the only alternative aside from giving him away. We can’t do that because he has been in the family for a long time and noone else can take him…so we are having a therapist come out. I would go into more detail about the trouble we are having with him, but I could literally write a novel. He is very high anxiety and is becoming more and more difficult to control.
What should I expect? Has anyone ever had success with this? I heard it is a lot of work and you have to be consistent…which we will be. I am just scared for him because I do not want him to have to go to another home (and there really is not another option as far as another home goes…so we need to get him straightened out!!)
Post # 3
it can be SO helpful! in many ways, the training is more for you than the dog…it’s so important for you to stay consistent and give the proper cues. it takes a lot of time and patience on your part, but as long as you stick with it, you should get results.
Post # 4
@soyjoy222:Hi there! Our dog is currently going through a 6 week “dog camp” course. It touches every aspect. It’s mainly for obedience, but the one thing to obedience is over coming the anxiety and stress (our dog had a lot of that, consistently winey all the time). It took a good couple of weeks for him to get over it, it was really hard on him and really hard on us as he was staying at this place and out of the home. But once he over came that, everything else just falls in place. I know it’s not much information, but I would be happy to answer any questions and give you some tips on what we have gone through. It’s been 5 weeks and there has been so much improvement in him. We can’t wait for him to come home!! I wouldn’t give up, there is defiantly alternatives than having to give him up.
Post # 5
Thanks, guys! I’m glad to hear positive experiences. I am just a little nervous because he is so special to us, but has been having a hard time. I will let you know if I have questions after they come and see him. I worry about him and just want the best…oh the perils of being a dog mom.
Post # 6
I’m glad that you are looking into behavioral therapy for your dog and are willing to work with your dog to get things figured out. Usually a good trainer can give you things to work on and with practice you can help make your dog more confident. I’m not sure where you are located in PA but Leslie McDevitt is the author of a book called Control Unleashed. It is a program for working with dogs that have a lot of anxiety or are easily distracted. I worked with a trainer who taught Leslie’s program and had great success with my dog that was very high anxiety. Leslie lives outside Philly and does consults, so she might be worth looking into if you are close to that area.
Post # 7
That’s awesome! We are near Philly. I will look into this…the book would be useful to have!