This video below is from a lovely lady in California that has offered me this video of her dogs. She has 22 years experience of working with dogs, including evaluating dogs and owning 5 dogs herself. So she has a lot of experience with our canine friends. She had tried training her reactive dog herself and found nothing was helping. With my experience and knowledge I could look at this video, and see what was happening and why. She felt her dog was being aggressive, but I could see what was really happening and how she was reinforcing the behaviour that was occurring. This is a perfect example of how we can not evaluate our own handling of dogs in the same way as an outsider can.
Another reason for employing a behaviour consultant to help, is that although YouTube and television shows are doing a great job of spreading the word about force free training and handling, they are not tailored to your individual dog’s issues. Their general advice could be doing more harm than good, if no one has fully assessed your dog and their issues.
Employing a behaviour consultant also ensures that you have a comprehensive treatment plan. This is based on the science of how dogs learn and behave. You can avoid costly mistakes, caused by lack of true understanding, which could leave your dog more confused than they were to start with.
What’s the difference between a trainer and someone that deals with behaviour?
A trainer works with owners to teach their dog’s skills for everyday life, either in a class or on a 1-2-1 basis. Someone that works as a behaviourist uses science based theories and studies, to help them understand why dogs behave the way they do, and can develop treatment plans to help them learn new ways, that will make the dogs and their owners happier.