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Focusing on Aggressive Behavior

Aggression issues plague many dog households. Often aggression falls heavily on communication issues. Dogs get confused about what is expected of them and take it upon themselves to interpret their response to situations and interactions.

Thus when dogs fall back on instinctual drives behaviors such as resource guarding, object obsession, being protective, aggressive, and possessive can all work their way to the surface and become a safety issue.

Any dog with an aggressive past or bite history should NEVER be off-leash in a public setting. The ends never justify the means and you must protect other people from getting bitten by your dog. It is always your responsibility to have positive control over your dog at all times. Never assume the dog is rehabilitated, it is still a living creature and thinks for itself. Always set your dog up for success. Manage your dog and manipulate the environment for the betterment of your dog.

Behavior Modification Packages/ Pricing

Three to Four-Week Aggression Control Rehabilitation Packages (5 months and over)

Two weeks are a good start to fundamentals, but for rehabilitation most dogs need 3-4 weeks depending on the severity of issues.This package is for dogs that have aggression, reactivity, and severe anxiety issues.  The same obedience commands in package A are included in this package, as well as training to manage anxiety and/or aggression issues. It’s important to note that not all dogs have the ability to be socially sound, and may need consistent management in order to successfully navigate life. Any additional time needed to accomplish our goals is included in the price. We are available for follow up as needed. This is an E collar training course. You will receive progress updates every 2-3 days directly from your trainer so you are in the know at all times. At the end of the training you will have an official “go home” lesson. This is around 2-3 hours spent with your dog and trainer to  train you to work effectively and efficiently with your dog post training to ensure your best results. 


No matter if the aggression is offensive with active, forward dominance, or be it defensive, fear-based, reactive or otherwise, NO FORM OF TRAINING CAN COMPLETELY EXTINGUISH IT!!!

This applies to human and animal aggression. If other trainers are telling you a different story, they’re trying to give you false hope and trying to take your money. 

A horse kicks, a cat scratches, and a dog bites! They all can and will if pushed. A dog attempts to solve conflict with its teeth and skin always loses over teeth, every time! 

Once a dog is empowered and finds their advantage with this violent form of conflict resolution, it becomes its go-to move, faster and faster.

Well-balanced dog training can only give you the tools and knowledge to mitigate and manage aggression. It NEVER goes away, it’s always lurking, waiting to rear its ugly head and so very, very few people have the skill set, coordination and wherewithal to deal with it. I can educate a dog fairly quickly that I am not on “the menu” and those around me aren’t as well. 

However; this is not a transferable skill and the dog will not automatically respond to the owner with the same respect just because they are “mom or dad “ and paid for dog training. Especially because the dog must go back into the environment, amongst the same pack, where the issues manifested in the first place.

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Reactivity vs. Aggression

Many dogs that are tagged as “aggressive” actually belong squarely in the “reactive” category, an important distinction as improperly classifying dogs as aggressive can earn them injurious labels like “dangerous” when intent to harm is actually absent.

For dogs, these cues in body language are communicative, serving as warning signals that they are not comfortable in the current situation. It is not until these signs of stress are ignored or overlooked that a dog will change costumes and escalate its behavior in order to reduce its stress.