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For shy, nervous, dominant, possessive, territorial, protective, or aggressive dogs:
Getting off the home territory improves social skills faster.
Start today to make your lives better.
Every loud or scary reaction gives an adrenaline high that can take days to subside. Scary walks or overly stimulating encounters with a stranger or other dogs can delay progress so keep them safe while you make that call to Best Paw Forward Inc.
Occasional 4-week small-group series for extended training: $395 (includes more than $45 of gentle training equipment)
All attendees must first attend a special DDD orientation, or have already attended a Best Paw Forward private DDD class, or DDD workshop focusing on social issues, or trained previous dogs in any of our programs
Young children may not attend DDD group sessions. Youngsters may come to private DDD sessions with a completed DDD form submitted with payment at least 1 week in advance and with permission from your instructor, and only with at least two attending adults completely responsible for the safety of attending family & friends.
Private sessions for DDD dogs - first 2 hours $270, intensive personalized program
Free training equipment package included if completed behavior form & payment submitted at least 1 week in advance (handcrafted leather leash & safe, gentle, easy-control training collar, $45-$50 value)
Advance submission of behavior form (online is fastest) required so we can create a personalized plan for your and your dog. You get what you most need right away!
Extensive questions from that behavior form will be covered first during that initial training session
Subsequent private sessions available as needed for $99 per hour - no need to sign up for expensive packages (1-hour private sessions only only available after completing initial 2-hour session)
An overwhelming majority of dogs that exhibit aggressive, shy, anxious, protective, possessive and territorial traits can be helped even when there are genetic effects. When you are selecting a reputable breeder avoid dogs that may have shy, nervous or aggressive close doggie relatives.
Of course our beloved rescue dogs rarely come with that information, so call us as soon as you adopt to prevent problems from surfacing. A well-structured positive training class can prevent those issues from growing or surfacing.
Socially adept, well-raised adult dogs can manage stress in a reasonable manner (especially raised in our PuppyLove programs that pups start when 8-17 weeks old). Some dogs get to sleep on the owners' beds (our own, for instance, after the age of 2), as long as owners want that & the dogs are behaving well the rest of the day.
A dog with social issues, in many cases:
Did not attend a well-run positive puppy program beginning at 8-17 weeks old, often "because he was such a good puppy." That quiet pup that has not gotten into much trouble might have been too afraid to venture into scary situations at first but could benefit greatly from A LOT of early socialization. Vaccines have improved -- join our safe puppy programs
Especially for puppies, avoid feeding generic or big-name low-to-medium quality dog food
Pups should sleep in safe confinement in the the owner’s bedroom at least through adolescence (until 2 years old). Dogs that sleep away from owners (or, even worse, outside) during the formative first two years of life may become nervous and over-protective.
Feed meals for no more than 10 minutes at a time, 2 times a day, rather than leaving food out all the time and creating poor eating habits. Even better is to feed for fun training games when you are with your new dog.
Pups must only have supervised access to the yard, and that access is limited to on-leash unless it is fully safely fenced. We have often seen serious social skills issues in dogs that have access to a doggie door or an open door.
A punishment-based upbringing creates sneaky dogs who learn how to avoid getting caught, especially if it includes painful training equipment (particularly prong or shock collars) and intimidation rather than reinforcement training.
Never praise a dog for acting protective, especially during the formative first two years of life.
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?
Shy or anxious children are often fine in your household but need extra protection when venturing out in life. The same is true of dogs - they can be lovely with the family and still have serious issues with other people or animals.
DETOUR DOGGIE DELINQUENTS - Dogs 19 weeks (early teenagers) or older with social issues
Must come to Osteen site - no in-home sessions available for fastest progress for your dog
Private classes & occasional special 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
A fearful dog can easily turn into an aggressive dog by following bad advice from well-meaning people or online.
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 45 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
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 methods to find your way back to more fun with your dog.
Help your dog feel & act safer, calmer, friendlier than ever.
Build more confidence (in both you and your dog) as you decrease or stop 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. Students usually start seeing improvement within days with simple logical tweaks in household management as well as beginning or changing training techniques.