Our team is committed to making man’s best friend better. Not only is a well-trained dog one of our goals, but perhaps more importantly, our team strives to address behavioral problems. Sometimes an issue can be relatively small – but then blossom into something very serious. Every breed (and mix of breeds) has their own quirks – not to mention some of the problems seen in dogs with unknown or abusive pasts – and the following is a list of some of the more common problems we see – and solve – at Shelly’s:
When an owner calls and tells us about these problems, the first step in the process is to schedule an evaluation. From there, our Trainer will evaluate the dog personally, and discuss the issues seen in the home. Underlying causes are identified, and options for addressing rehabilitation are discussed with the family. A personalized plan for treatment is developed – because Shelly takes a “whole dog” approach to eliminating problem behavior, an integrated schedule of both obedience training and behavioral modification is designed just for that specific dog. Because of the “holistic” nature of the program, even things like diet and veterinary care may be brought in to play – behavioral problems can often be symptoms of a larger problem, so every angle is examined to treat the total dog.
Every dog, like every person, is an individual - and every situation is unique. Some dogs live in a multi-person family, others are just a “pack of two.” Breed-specific characteristics can cause problems, as can an abusive or neglectful past. Regardless of the problem – or if you have had other people trying to help you fix it unsuccessfully – we are there to help. We specialize in difficult cases - dogs the rest of the world has given up on. Our philosophy is quite simple: we address the whole dog and gain control through kindness, kindness, and more kindness.