Best Paw Forward Inc.: Gentle, effective, experienced dog training

Detour Doggie Delinquents - positive, not permissive

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, or maybe not even them? 


Private sessions & small group sessions available for Detouring Doggie Delinquents pets

Programs 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

 

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


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 luckily got away with it, but better methods are available today with far fewer dangerous side effects.  


Advance submission of behavioral questionnaire required to maximize class time spent on solutions, not paperwork 


Private sessions for DDD dogs are $85 per hour.  


Occasional month-long small-group series for busy schedules: $195

  • All attendees must first attend a DDD orientation, or have already attended a Best Paw Forward private DDD class or our DDD workshop focusing on social issues


We are positive, not permissive, & want to help you and 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.


Help your dog feel & act safer, calmer, friendlier than ever.


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


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


Only offered in Osteen to provide the best environment for these special dogs. Getting off home territory improves social skills faster 


Every loud or scary reaction gives 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 progress. Start today to make  your lives better.


We find the following situations/habits in place for an overwhelming majority of dogs that exhibit aggressive or nervous symptoms. 


Some of these choices are not a problem for socially adept, well-raised adult dogs, as far as we can ascertain, so ours get to sleep on our bed, for instance, as long as they are behaving well the rest of the day.  


A dog with social issues, in many cases:

  1. Did not attend a well-run positive puppy program beginning at  8-16 weeks old "because he was such a good puppy" (many shy pups don't get into much trouble at first but benefit greatly from A LOT of early socialization)
  2. Was fed generic or big-name low-to-medium quality dog food
  3. Slept on owner’s bed while a puppy or teenager
  4. Has food left out all the time, now or during formative months
  5. Has or has had unrestricted access to the yard, usually through a doggie door or an open door
  6. Was raised in a household that focused on punishment, and even sometimes painful training equipment (inappropriately applied prong or shock collars) and intimidation rather than reinforcement training
  7. 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 or used very long
  8. Slept in a room away from owners during the formative first two years of life
  9. Was praised for acting protective, especially during formative first two years of life
  10. May have shy, nervous or aggressive doggie relative in his pedigree
  11. Has had unsupervised access to yard with no physical nor visible fence for safety
  12. Was kept outside, away from the family and visitors



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