“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”
Martin Luther King
Or another way to look at it: “Using aversives to “fix” aggression or reactivity is like trying to put out a fire with a bucket of gas.”
Depending on your situation, an Initial Consultation may be available $150.00 for one hour. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book your appointment.
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: $650.00, paid in full on the first week. If after the 6 weeks, we both decide that you and your dog need more training, the cost for the following 6 weeks will be $600.00 (all with your dog).
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 six months to use the lessons.
R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone (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 (Tuesdays only when available) & 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 R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone (Growl class) Privates: Print these 3 forms:
1. AggressiveReactiveDogProtocol form, then
2. PMDTRegistrationForm (please be sure to read all 3 pages and sign and initial where indicated in red), and
3. ChecklistAggression:reactivity – and bring all three with you to the first private lesson.
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