Important Information for behavior and aggression cases:
There is approx. 900 Mil. dogs in the world! 750 Mil. of those dogs are “streeties” or free-range dogs. Their days consist of scavenging for food, working the crowds, resting in the sun, playing with their friends, adventuring throughout their territory, scavenging some more, searching for water, finally finding a comfy spot to rest for the night. Streeties very rarely fight with other dogs, they communicate beautifully and subtly. They grow up learning how to socialize and not only survive but thrive in their environment and they have total agency over their lives and bodies.
The remaining 150 Mil. Dogs are what we would consider “owned or in-home domesticated dogs”. Plenty of these dogs are reactive, aggressive, and very loud with their signals. Does it come down to the constraints we put on them (Leash/kennel/fence/house/etc.) where they have little to no agency over their own life? Typically, it's a combination of that and other things like; over breeding and bad genes (breeding aggressive dogs), lack of proper socialization and a lack of agency & volition. Dogs have become a product for humans (ex. social media showing a 2-minute clip of an expertly trained dog), etc. Why is this important to think about? Having a dog is a lifestyle! Why are “Domesticated” dogs so reactive? It's because we need to think about how we can allow our dogs more agency and volition into their daily lives, more enrichment, more socialization, more time spent with US! Once we do these things, our dogs will become less stressed, more relaxed, more “obedient”, less reactive, and willing to participate in our crazy human world.
Our behavioral program incorporates the L.E.G.S method by Kim Brophey:
Learning (Experience and education)
Environment (External conditions)
Genetics (Inside and out/ what was your dog bred to do?)
Self (Internal conditions/medical)
Using this method, we take a look at the WHOLE dog and incorporate things to aid in their overall life. If you would like more information about the LEGS approach and would like to schedule an evaluation for your dog, email us at email@example.com with a detailed description of the problems you are experiencing with your dog, and we will contact you to set up an evaluation.