How We Help
My primary work is focused on behavior modification, with a focus on reactive and aggressive behaviors, and anxiety disorders.
Although properly supporting behavioral health and implementing modification require a deep understanding of scientific principles, there is no regulation in the industry. This can make it difficult for pet parents to find ethical, science-based support.
Even if your concerns are not within my focus, please feel free to reach out for referrals to other modern, ethical, science-based professionals who can assist with your needs.
Aggressive and Reactive Behaviors
I frequently work with dogs who are displaying aggressive or reactive behaviors. These behaviors often bring high levels of stress for dogs and their people. I frequently work with clients living with dogs who display owner-directed aggression; intra-household dog-dog aggression; possessive aggression; aggression or reactivity towards children, strangers, or other dogs.
In such situations, where safety is paramount, and the well-being of everyone involved must be carefully balanced, it is crucial to work with a professional who understands the science of canine behavior and behavior modification and so uses force free, humane methods of training.
Fear and Anxiety Disorders
Whether due to genetics, lack of socialization, or trauma some dogs experience atypical levels of chronic stress or anxiety. Some dogs may be able to relax in some situations, and others may be on high-alert all the time. These dogs may often find themselves in fight, flight, or freeze mode. They may be sensitive to noises, movements, or novelty.
Other dogs have more sporadic or less generalized fears or anxieties, such as a distress in on car rides, during handling or grooming, loud noises, or men.
Regardless of the fear, anxiety should be treated with compassion. Seeking help with the science of changing emotion through counterconditioning and desensitization can build your dog's confidence and reduce their fears.
Hyper-activity and Impulsivity
Some dogs need help learning to calm. This is true of many adolescent dogs, and many adult dogs too! By ensuring your dog's needs are being satiated, and teaching them the coping skills they need for life, we can succeed in bringing your dog back down to earth!