Behaviour Transformation With Life-Long Results
All behaviour serves a purpose to access something pleasant or to avoid/escape something that they don’t like.
Your dog’s behaviour informs you of their emotional state in that particular environment. You need to learn how to interpret the behaviour and work with your dog to help them overcome their emotional issues.
We share the same emotional networks when experiencing negative emotions such as fear. Think of a time when you experienced fear. How did it make you feel? How did you react?
We create expectations of what normal behaviour is this is unfair to our dogs as they have limited problem solving capabilities.
We asked dogs to share our lives and then expect them to fit in with what we expect.
It is important to understand how our dogs communicate their feelings and desires.
Behaviour problems escalate when communication has failed and the dog desperately tries to tell us they are unhappy with the situation.
Emotions physiologically occur in the body. When the dog is faced with a situation that it can’t deal with a behavioural response happen.
Feelings are the experience of emotions and are learned. Feelings are used to talk about emotions. Dogs cannot express feelings as we can so to help them we need to look at their body language and communication to understand their emotions. and take action.
Have you found yourself saying ‘It came from nowhere, or my dog’s behaviour is unpredictable? Do you describe your dogs as reactive?
Reactive behaviour occurs when negative events cause emotions to raise.
This is the avoid/escape instinct. The dog has experienced a negative experience and therefore cannot cope with the situation and the brain springs into survival mode and you see behaviours such as barking and lunging.
Emotions are an individual experience, therefore every dog must be treated depending on its own unique set of circumstances.
This is where the behavioural assessment is vital.
The assessment looks at all aspects of the dog’s life to determine the function of the behaviour, and the underlying emotional issues that are driving the need for the behaviour.
When emotions are dealt with, there will be no need for the dog to display that behaviour.
Changing emotions is a process that takes time, effort and understanding.
When you give your dogs space and create calmness they will be less likely to react and optimism grows.
If you have the time to put my plan into place then please make contact. You don’t need hours, minutes of training every day will make all the difference.
To get to know you and your dog and help explain how we can help you, we invite you to join us on an informal, free 10-minute discovery call.
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