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What Does a Behavior Plan Look Like?

  1. Manage your pet’s world to prevent or reduce practice of the unwanted feelings and behaviors.
  2. Teach your pet their Training and Behavior Games (Like the Mat Game and Tell Touch Treat) at home, with no guests present. Most pets need 2+ weeks of practice doing these without triggers before we go to the next step. Your consultant will teach you which games are the best choice for your dog or cat.
  3. Practice your pet’s Training and Behavior Games in real life contexts with increasing intensity as they are successful. You’ll be using your Management and Behavior Games, which is why you both need to get good at them first, before doing them around triggers.

While you’re training, it’s also important to:

  • Address any health concerns that might be affecting your pet’s behaviors.
  • Talk to your vet about behavior medications or supplements if you think that your dog or cat might benefit from these.
  • Meet your pet’s daily needs through enrichment and exercise.
  • Remember, your dog needs to go to Middle and High School before he can do College level work. (Check out our short article on Training Steps!)

 

What Does Success Look Like?

Clear improvement in your pet’s comfort and calmness during situations where they currently struggle, and way less stress for you both! This can mean:

  • Your pet is able to stay calmer more often. (Reactions become the exception, rather than the usual!)
  • Your pet can have more interactions or experiences without a negative reaction.
  • Your pet recovers faster and easier when they do need something that would previously have stressed them out.
  • You feel more confident about reading your pet’s body language and what to do when things go right, as well as how to help when it’s too much for them.

If you haven’t already, please check out these two short articles that can help you better understand what to expect:

Behavior Program Expectations

How much will my dog improve?

 

What Do I Need to Do?

We’ll give you the tools and know-how to help your pet. Your role for your dog or cat is:
  1. To carry out the behavior plan. While we wish we could wave a magic wand and help your pet just within our sessions, behavior change takes time and practice. Your pet’s behaviors won’t change unless your behaviors do. And they won’t be consistent unless you are. We’ll help you find ways to maximize your success and fit training into your lifestyle.
  2. To let us know if you have questions, concerns, or struggles. We want more joy and less stress for both you and your pet! Email us so we can help you both out ASAP 🙂 Timely, honest communication helps us do our best for you.
We’re here to help you succeed, and we’re always rooting for you and your dog!