“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”
Martin Luther King
Depending on your situation, an Initial Consultation may be available $125.00 for one hour.
All dogs MUST start out with a minimum of 6 privates with me. You will receive a 35 page handout. During those 6 weeks you will:
- Learn to read your dog,
- Learn to implement management strategies,
- Build your relationship based on positive methods,
- Teach many incompatible behaviors to the reactivity or aggression.
Privates are NOT for desensitization with other dogs or people (other than me of course). The owner will be expected to carry out the plan at home.
The first week is without your dog, the remaining 5 weeks are with your dog.
Cost: $500.00, paid in full on the first week.
Refund Policy: There are no refunds once your lessons start. (This includes the first lesson) If you are unsure if positive training is right for you, please come and observe a class first. You have up to one calendar year to use the lessons.
Growl Class – Six Week Increments
Class for aggressive or reactive dogs. 6 week increments, all classes with the dogs. Morning sessions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m on Tuesdays & Sundays. Prerequisite: minimum of 6 privates with me. See above.
There are no more than five dogs in a class. In the beginning there are no more than one or two dogs out at a time. We will rotate dogs in small, short, successful sessions, always gradually building their tolerance and acceptance of their fearful object(s). We will help each other to be successful and glory in the successes of others.
To better understand the process, read the form below titled “print this” (“Reactive/Aggressive Dog Protocol”) before signing up for privates.
AGGRESSION IS JUST A BEHAVIOR AND BEHAVIOR IS MODIFIABLE.
This is NOT about muzzling the dogs, throwing them into a room together to “let them work it out.” Classes are set up so that the dogs do NOT “pop” off, do NOT aggress, do not bite. Everyone is as safe as humanly possible, everyone is calm. If your dog’s initial threshold for remaining calm is being 10 acres away, so be it! That is where we will start!
This program is all about setting the dog up to be successful, calm and focused on the handler. It is all about desensitizing and counter conditioning your dog to their own personal “provoking stimuli.”
NOTE for Growl Privates: Print this AggressiveReactiveDogProtocol – along with your registration form (click RegistrationForm) – and bring it with you to the first private lesson. On a separate piece of paper, preferably typed, bring a list of all of your dog’s issues, what you’ve tried to do to rectify the problems, what’s worked and what hasn’t. That way it will coalesce it in your own mind and I won’t miss anything.
To hear Pam on DogCast radio, talking about aggression, click here
Here’s another radio show, in 2016. Click here to listen!
Pam on the PPG World Services radio show (with Drayton Michaels – I’m the 2nd speaker) – click here