Effectively Addressing different Forms of Anxiety & Aggression Through Behavior Modification
Our “Trouble Child” Training Camp is an advanced behavior modification program. Aside from teaching confidence and manageability through reliable obedience, this program has a strong focus on addressing disruptive and potentially dangerous behavioral issues surfacing as different forms of anxiety or aggression – whether based in fear, different forms of anxiety, dominance, possessiveness and the like – regardless of whether they are learned or inbred. The “Trouble Child” includes the same reliable off-leash obedience covered in our “Advanced Companion” Camp:
- walking/heeling on leash
- sit & stay
- down & stay
- not jumping on people or furniture
- not biting or nipping
- no excessive barking
- a reliable off-leash recall under distraction,
- heeling off-leash
- waiting at thresholds
- and a place command.
Our “Trouble Child” Behavior Modification Camp is suitable for dogs six months and older.
A Well Socialized Dog, Is a (Mentally) Relaxed Dog
Often underestimated, proper socialization is one of the key factors in a dog’s development. And so throughout the training camp, we will modify your dog’s responses to everyday situations and stimuli that are not appropriate – causing you, but more importantly your dog a lot of unnecessary stress. Lack of confidence or bad experiences in the past all too often result in anxiety and defensive aggression. Similarly, a dog that has no behavioral guideline will feel the need to “police” and control every situation based on instinct or desire, more often than not leading to unacceptable choices. Training and Behavior Modification should always be the answer, before considering medication or other “masking” measures, which will not address the root cause!
Obedience Builds Confidence
Judging certain situations as threats that are none, can be corrected in most cases – managed in nearly all. Desensitization and teaching obedience will give your dog the confidence of knowing how to respond appropriately, rather than reacting defensive or corrective. Instead, your dog will be looking to you for the decision, if something needs to be worried about or not.
How Long is the “Trouble Child” Training Camp and What Happens After?
“Trouble Child” Behavior Modification Training Camp is approximately six weeks long. Depending on age, breed and any issues your dog may be dealing with, some dogs will require more time. We will grant what’s needed to ensure your furry kid is coming home with the behaviors and foundation we expect our Camp Graduates to have. It’s part of our Camp Guarantee – no extra charge.
For the duration of our Training Camps, your dog will live with us 24/7. Predicting that your next question will be visitation, let’s address it: While we, of course, won’t hold your dog hostage and are happy to schedule a visit with you, in most cases we DO NOT recommend it for the dog’s sake! As tempting as it is for us to want to visit, not wanting to stress our dogs unnecessarily should be the priority. After all, Camp is about our dogs and visiting tends to be for selfish reasons. Especially for dogs that take more time to acclimate, a visit can also have the effect of a set-back in the training-process. That will add additional days to Camp, achieving the opposite of what you are wanting. We will gladly go over our recommendation for your specific situation.
Once your dog has successfully completed Camp, it’s time to show you the ropes. We will schedule a minimum of four private lessons with you, in which we will teach you how to handle your pup and maintain the newly learned behaviors. No worries, we are there for any questions and more sessions, if you should not feel 100% confident in how to respond to your sweet rascal in a rebellious moment or when presented with a new challenge in daily life.
Dog Training Camp or Private Lessons?
Being away from your Dog for a stretch of time is an unbearable thought for most of us. So how about One-on-One Training Lessons instead of Camp? While you can absolutely also achieve great results in Private Lessons, a Training Camp will always be the fastest and most effective way to achieve lasting results – and give you a little break, time to take that vacation, get your carpets cleaned or do that remodel you’ve been wanting to tackle!
You should base your decision for either on the kind and severity of your pup’s issues, the time you (realistically!) have available for training & homework, as well as on your personal preference. Most of us don’t have the time to train our dogs. Not everyone would like to be a part of the training process. The choice is personal and entirely yours. However, there are a few cases of significant behavioral issues, where we will make Training Camp mandatory for safety & effectiveness.
Keep in Mind: We are Training Living Beings, Not Engineering Robots!
Dog Training Camp is a great way to quickly & properly train any dog. In the hands of the right, experienced trainers (do your research before entrusting anyone with your pup!), it will be a fun and transforming experience for your and your dog, regardless of the issues you were dealing with beforehand. However, you will not have to worry that your dog’s goofy character or fun spirit will be changed or broken. We don’t turn dogs into robots, we merely make them understand your expectations. We teach them the rules to abide by in this world. So they can enjoy a life of many freedoms that untrained dogs are not able to be granted.
Every dog, without fail, will test their boundaries with those around them. Like kids knowing how far they can go at their Grandparent’s house versus at home, or that they can get away with certain things with dad, but not with mom. Dogs are no different. They will try to get their way. Training Camp (or any other form of training for that matter), will teach them the needed obedience, however, they will listen only to those who are diligent in following through. The more black & white you are about your standards and expectations, the faster Pooches will take listening as a given, not as an option. That doesn’t mean you can’t let your dog be a dog, it just means the times you do give a command, your pup will comply the first time around – for your dog’s safety. Our Follow-Up Lessons are there to show you how to fly that new helicopter we built you. Without follow-up guidance, it would be of little use to you.
Lastly, the question we also get quite often: “Will our dog remember us?” – The answer is always a loud and sounding YES! You don’t have to worry, your dog will not forget you. And as much fun as Camp is, you will also not have to worry about your pup not wanting to come back home. We like to compare it to us going on a really nice vacation – no matter how much you may enjoy yourself, home will always be home!
Still have Questions? Take Advantage of our Free Consultation and Come Meet Us in Person!
Not sure which camp to pick? Click here for our Dog Training Camp Comparison Chart or get in touch with us to schedule your Personal Consultation. We want to make sure you have all the information you need and help you chose the path that’s best suited to reach your goals, so we will gladly take the time and our evaluation is always free of charge.