Each session allows for personalized coaching as you learn how to teach your dog. We will address your specific challenges as stated in your bespoke protocol. Sessions are ideally spaced at twice per week.
1 initial consultation (1 hour)
12 sessions (30 minutes each)
We begin with a 1-hour initial consultation in order to share critical information that you will need in order to set yourself and your dog up for success. During this initial consultation, you will receive education on
how to read your dog's body language,
understand the underlying mechanism for serious behavior issues,
and a protocol for helping your dog change his underlying emotional response from scared/threatened to relaxed and confident.
After the initial consultation, a custom protocol plan will be developed based on your dog's situation and needs. You will have access to a daily log to track your pup's progress, and have regular feedback from us on the logs.
Follow-up consultations are 30 minutes long . These follow-up sessions ensure that progress is being made with your dog's issues. You get a 30 minute virtual session of our trainer's undivided attention where you will be coached through the protocols established and where we'll help determine when your dog is ready for the next steps in said protocols.
Behavior issues mean different things to different people. For some, these may include things such as getting help with housetraining a dog or puppy, or getting them to stop jumping on people, or chewing on the furniture, or, um, well, showing amorous behavior to any object that crosses their path.
While these are behavioral issues, they are the type that can be addressed in either the Little WaggersSM or the Waggers MannersSM programs.
The Behavior Modification sessions that Waggers Dog Works℠ offers addresses the issues that pertain to dogs who are having issues of reactivity. - Yeah, I just got all fancy on you, didn't I? Reactivity is simply where a dog will react to situations in a way that is exaggerated by human standards. To quote the movie The Princess Bride: "let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up." (simply because it's too long to post on the website):
If you have a dog that you consider "aggressive" or "fearful", where they pretty much go nuts when they see another dog, or when people approach it (or you), you may have a reactive dog. These dogs can be helped to where you can keep them calm in this situation. How calm will depend on two factors:
The dog's predisposition and innate temperament, and
How much you, as the dog's person, are willing to work with your dog.
This service begins with an initial consultation, needed to help determine the best course of action to take. From the findings from this consultation, a behavior modification protocol will be developed and established.
No program can guarantee your dog will be "cured" of its behavior issue(s). It is imperative that the owner understands that a dog with these types of issues will in all likelihood require a long-term commitment (in some cases for the life of their dog) in order to help the dog out. This program will give the owner a good sense of what will be needed for this.