Google– and your well-intentioned friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers– will tell you 1,000 ways to fix your dog’s behavior problems.
Learn the foundation skills you need to start fixing your dog’s behavior today.
The behaviors that have you shaking your head, pulling out your hair from frustration and exclaiming “WHY!?”
The behaviors that have you afraid of your dog or what might happen next.
You could better predict your dog’s behavior.
You could stop problems before they start.
You could trust your dog again and stop living in dread of the chaos.
This Beginning Behavior Modification course can help you do all of this and more.
We hear this from a majority of our clients, but what we’ve noticed is that most people are really trying to say:
I have no idea what to do.
I don’t know where to start.
Is my dog broken or strange or weird?
Can my dog’s behavior even be fixed?
We’ve worked with thousands of dogs and there’s nothing we haven’t seen. You’re not alone, and hope is here.
Overwhelming. Embarrassing. Scary. Annoying. Heartbreaking.
There are a lot of emotions that come with our dog’s behavior problems.
But after clients learn these foundation skills, they often tell us that they feel…
Hope. Encouraged. Confident. Relief.
It’s time for you to feel that way, too.
We hear this from a majority of our clients, too.
While there are a thousand suggestions out there, there’s only a handful that will actually work, and putting them into practice often requires professional help.
The devil’s in the details and blog posts don’t provide the details.
At the end of the day, “everything” to you is not “everything” to us, and oftentimes what’s lacking is the foundation skills covered in this course.
It doesn’t matter if your dog is lying down in the vet parking lot and won’t budge or is frantically pulling at the end of their leash when they see another dog or trying to bite everyone who comes in your house.
The foundation skills you need to know are all the same, and that’s what this course will teach you. These are all of the same skills we teach each of our clients at the beginning of their behavior modification plan.
Collectively we have over 70 years of experience working with dozens of species. We’ve been there, done that, and seen it all when it comes to behavior.
Our LIMA-friendly (or positive reinforcement, force-free, fear-free, whatever you’d like to call us) team includes:
This is one of the most common myths of behavior modification and the answer is:
This isn’t like when your car makes a funny noise but, of course, stops making that noise when it’s in front of a mechanic so they tell you they can’t fix it.
There’s only a handful of reasons why your dog is behaving the way they do and these foundation skills will help them all.
While the foundation skills are the same for all behavior issues, you’re right that each case is unique because our dogs are individuals.
That’s why we’ve set up this course to help you figure out the individual details for your unique dog.
Each lesson includes an actionable item that helps you apply what you’re learning to your specific situation.
So, no matter what’s going on, these foundation skills have you covered.
And that’s okay! You don’t have to be.
I’ll let you in on another secret…
A lot of animal behavior modification is educating the human and only a little of it is about actual dog training.
That means that you absolutely do not need to be a skilled trainer to see results.
The training exercises we’ve included are all simple and the majority of people can get started on them before working with a professional.
Allie Bender is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, and a Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.
While in the animal sheltering industry, Allie realized that her passion lied in helping pets with maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, she wanted to help prevent animals with rehabilitatable problems from being euthanized. She loves working with dogs and cats displaying stranger danger, resource guarding, and leash reactivity. Her favorite thing about working with pets and their people is seeing relationships grow and seeing harmonious households develop.
Ellen Yoakum is a Separation Anxiety Pro Trainer, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a Certified Professional Bird Trainer- Knowledge Assessed. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2009 and professionally training since 2015. She is a behavior consultant with Pet Harmony.
Ellen originally worked in exotic animal care and wildlife rehab. When she adopted one of her dogs, Griffey (pictured), she made the transition to domestic animals and pet behavior. She cites being able to help Griffey work through a myriad of maladaptive behaviors and successfully integrate into their household as one of her most rewarding experiences. She now gets to help others do the same as a behavior consultant and lives for seeing people have those “lightbulb” moments. Ellen loves working with separation anxiety, in addition to other behaviors.
Emily Strong is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 1990 and professionally training since 2009. She is the co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.
Emily started working with animals at a young age and struggled with the notion that you have to hurt, scare, or intimidate animals to help them. When she discovered the behavior sciences and learned that it wasn’t necessary to do so– that we can care for emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously– she plunged headfirst into animal behavior. Emily loves helping prospective animal behavior professionals learn how to become behavior consultants and working with pet parents through our in-depth services. She enjoys working with all species.
MaryKaye Kendrick is an Accredited Dog Trainer and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2011 and professionally training since 2017. She is a behavior consultant with Pet Harmony.
Before working with pets, MaryKaye started out working in the human mental health fields and teaching kids. She’s since made the transition to working with pet behavior after volunteering over 1200 hours with her local animal shelter. She loves the human and animal side of behavior consulting and meeting all learners where they are in their educational journeys. MaryKaye enjoys working with adolescent dogs, leash reactivity, and households with children.