I know...life can be overwhelming, and adding a dog or puppy doesn't lighten the load. Like needy toddlers, dogs often don't understand what you expect from them. Without direction, they respond in ways that can be hard to understand. Some get hyper, others shy, loud or reactive. A dog's behavior can shake up a household like a snow globe!
So don't feel embarrassed if you're at your wit's end: hiring a professional to help you can make a difference. Solutions are often easier than you think. The good news? All dogs want to fit in. They do. As a certified trainer and applied behavior consultant, affiliated with internationally respected training organizations, I've listed their sites to help you locate a professional in your area. If you would like my help, I do work digitally using Skype or phone as well as individually in Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
So, no matter what you're experiencing—from the extremes of aggression, leash lunging and separation anxiety to the more commonplace frustrations such as jumping, nipping, chewing, barking and house-soiling—a positive approach works quickly and effectively. Dog training doesn't need to involve time or money or electronic shock collars. A proactive, upbeat approach works faster and lasts a lifetime.