Detour Doggie Delinquents

Have you stopped inviting family & friends to your home because your dog is so nervous or downright unfriendly? 

Wish other people could see how sweet your dog is? 

Wondering why he has no doggie friends outside of his housemates? 

Private sessions & small group sessions are available for Detouring Doggie Delinquents pets at our Osteen home base.  Programs are geared to your family’s & dog’s individual needs. 

Detour Doggie Delinquents has answers & help for dogs that are

  • extremely shy
  • nervous
  • bossy
  • dominant
  • possessive
  • protective
  • territorial
  • aggressive

Feb. small-group series for busy schedules

  • Mondays 7 p.m. 
  • $150
  • Includes free makeup arrangements available for pre-scheduled events, trips or emergencies through March


  • $85 DDD orientation private or semi-private sessionrequired  at a different time/day from the rest of your  series. One is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 21, Osteen. 
  • All attendees must first attend a DDD orientation, or have already attended a Best Paw Forward private DDD class/workshop focusing on social issues

We are positive, not permissive, & want to help you & your pet have a safe, happy life together. With our help, the science-based positive motivation program can immediately start the healing process  & lead to relationships based on trust & respect. 

Discover gentle ways to find your way back to more fun with your dog.

 Build more confidence as you stop or decrease reactive responses in dogs with social issues.  For more than 40 years our innovative, gentle, intuitive methods have worked wonders for these special dogs that come to us from all over the state.

You will start seeing improvement within days with simple logical tweaks in household management.

This program is in Osteen to provide the best environment for these special dogs. Getting off their home territory improves their social skills quickly. 

Every loud or scary reaction they have gives them an adrenaline high that takes 30-40 hours to subside. So every scary walk or overly-stimulating encounter with a stranger or other dogs can delay your progress. Start now to make  your lives better.

Private sessions for our DDD dogs are $85 per hour. 

 Periodically we also offer workshops & continuing education sessions for our Detouring Doggie Delinquents teams.  


Contributing factors that affect your dog's issues - avoid these mistakes to prevent problems with dogs in the future:

We find the following situations/habits in place for an overwhelming number of dogs that exhibit aggressive or nervous symptoms. This has held true for more than 40 years of working with dogs with social issues:

1. Dog did not attend a well-run positive puppy program beginning 8-16 weeks old.

2. Dog fed generic or big-name low-to-medium quality dog food.

3. Dog sleeps on owner’s bed while a puppy or teenager (not a significant issue for socially adept, well raised adult dog, as far as we can ascertain, so ours get to do this as long as they are behaving well the rest of the day).

4. Dog was raised in a household that focused on punishment, sometimes painful training equipment and intimidation rather than reinforcement training.

5. Dog ran loose in all or part of the house during the formative first two years of life – no dog crate nor other safe confinement was used.

6. Dog slept in a room away from owners during the formative first two years of life.

7. Dog was praised for acting protective, especially during formative first two years of life.

8. Food left out all the time, now or during formative months.

9. Dog has or has had unrestricted access to the yard, usually through a doggie door.

10. Dog has had unsupervised access to yard with no physical, visible fence for safety.

11. Dog has been inappropriately trained using a prong or shock collar.

A fearful dog can easily turn into an aggressive dog by following bad advice from well-meaning people. 

You may have been told to punish a dog that growls, for instance, and to punish him harder if the growling continues. The consequence is that we punish warning signs, inadvertently teaching the dog that he can no longer let us know when he’s afraid. Now, for far too many dogs, his only choice is to snap or bite.

More than 40 years ago when we started training dogs, we too punished dogs (a lot) and got away with it, but better methods are available today with far fewer dangerous side effects.