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Learn to Properly Address
FEAR AND AGGRESSION
At B.R.A.V.E. Pet Services LLC, we understand that fear and aggression is often heartbreaking and exhausting for the owner. That is why we act quickly to help you develop a step-by-step behavior modification plan designed to meet your individual needs. Through private in person or online classes, we will show you how to implement effective management strategies, change the way your dog feels about their triggers, and develop healthy coping skills so that your dog can continue to be a cherished member of your family.
B.R.A.V.E. strongly believes in the importance of developing a comprehensive and collaborative care team for your dog. We work in conjunction with your veterinarian, board certified veterinary behaviorists, and other pet care professionals to ensure your pet receives the highest quality care in all areas. We recognize the vital role that each of us can play in your dog's rehabilitation and strive to facilitate connection and communication between all parties.
WE CAN HELP YOU ADDRESS
Fear or aggression toward strangers
Fear or aggression toward family members
Fear or aggression at the vet or groomer
Fear or aggression toward other animals
Guarding coveted food, objects, or trash
Lounging and barking on leash
Fighting along fence lines
Barking out doors or windows
Growling, snapping, or biting
Let's Examine Some Common
MYTHS ABOUT FEAR AND AGGRESSION
MYTH: Dogs who exhibit aggressive behaviors are showing dominance. In order to correct the behavior, you must maintain dominance over your dog.
FACT: According to America's leading experts on animal psychology, behavior, and training, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), aggression is related to rank in very few cases. More often, aggression is the result of fear or anxiety. When pet owners attempt to gain dominance over their dog through the use of punishment or aversives, they tend to "suppress aggression without addressing the underlying problem" and may even "directly exacerbate the problem by increasing the animal's fear or anxiety" (AVSAB 2008).
MYTH: Prong, choke, and electric collars are safe and effective tools for modifying fear and aggression.
FACT: Several research studies have proven this to be false. According to AVSAB, the use of correction collars and other forms of punishment can lead to the "inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interacting with animals" (2007). In fact, punishment has been shown to suppress behaviors leading up to a bite, thus removing warning signs that the dog may lash out. Furthermore, the use of punishment has been repeatedly linked to increases in aggression directed at the owner (Herron et al. 2009; Blackwell et al. 2008; Rooney and Cowen 2011; Schilder and Van der Borg 2004).
It All Started With
THE FIRST B.R.A.V.E. DOG
B.R.A.V.E. Pet Services LLC would not be in existence if it weren't for one very anxious, bossy, and bitey Australian Kelpie/Border Collie mix named Noél. Wyatt, the founder of B.R.A.V.E., got Noél when she was four months old from a rescue as an incredibly fearful puppy. While she was very sweet with family members, she was afraid of most new people, places, and things. She had terrible separation anxiety and would release her entire bladder when she went to the vet. As she grew older, this anxiety turned into reactivity and aggression. Noél began growling and snapping at strangers and other dogs and taking her to the vet became nearly impossible.
Wyatt originally tried more forceful methods, correcting her each time she behaved aggressively as he was instructed by professional trainers, but this only made her more fearful and aggressive. Wyatt hated seeing his dog so upset and stressed. He new there had to be a kinder way. And so, Wyatt's journey into the force-free dog training world began. He hungrily sought after information, soaking it up like a sponge. In the process, he fell in love with dog training and it became his life.
With force-free training, Noél began to gain confidence. She started allowing more people into her circle of trusted friends, began to train happily in new environments, and learned protocols that worked in tough situations. She excelled in obedience and trick training, started dabbling in dog sports, and became a huge asset to B.R.A.V.E. In fact, she improved so much that she now helps Wyatt rehabilitate other aggression cases by serving as a neutral dog. Because of the behavior modification Noél received, she is now able to enjoy much more of what the world has to offer.
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