Good Dog Behaviour consulting
We know that you have a Good Dog, even if he has a few problems! We have been offering professional behaviour consulting services in Guelph for over 20 years, and the thing we hear over and over again is "I have a Good Dog". If you need help for your Good Dog, please read the whole page for details on the type of behaviour problems we help with, how our program works and the fees associated. Once you have read through the page, if you have any questions at all, we are happy to answer all of them by email only. Due to the time it takes to consult by phone, if you wish to speak to our behaviour consultant before meeting, there is a fee.
What is a behaviour problem?
Generally speaking a behaviour is a problem when it interferes with the dog or the dog's family's well being. If the problem is that the dog doesn't know a skill such as lying down and staying, then Group Classes are the best place to address that. If the problem runs a little deeper though, then you want to address that in a behaviour program.
In the Good Dog program, we address a wide variety of behaviour problems. We have helped dogs who cannot stay at home alone, who have aggression towards people or dogs, and who are not toilet trained. We have also helped dogs who eat things that are not food, who guard their space or toys, and who have profound fears such as thunderstorm phobia. We have over 20 years experience helping dogs with a wide variety of behaviour problems.
From time to time, we cannot help you. When this happens, we want you to know that we have a plan to get you the help you need. In this uncommon event, we will refer you back to your veterinarian, or to a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviourist. We are proud of the relationships we have built within the veterinary community.
What qualifications does the Dogs in the Park behaviour consultant have?
Sue Alexander CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC has many years of experience as well as three industry designations that prove her ability to help. Sue was one of the first people in Canada to earn her Certificate of Professional Dog Training, and was in the second cohort of people to earn the Certificate of Behaviour Consulting Canine, both from the Counsel for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers. You can learn more about them at www.ccpdt.org. Sue was grandfathered into the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants as a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant as an inaugural member. You can learn about the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants at www.iaabc.org.
Dogs in the Park is deeply committed to continuing education to support the work they do with their clients. To this end, Sue participates in webinars, seminars and keeps up with industry publications to earn continuing education credits that support her designations.
From a practical perspective, Sue has trained and titled 5 dogs in Obedience, and trained several dozen service dogs. Sue has shared her life with over twenty dogs, many of whom came to her with behaviour problems. Sue has helped over 3500 dogs with behaviour problems over the course of her career to date.
What happens in the good dog program?
Once you have decided to work with us at Dogs in the Park, we will set up a tentative appointment to meet with you for an intake. We will confirm that appointment upon receipt of payment, and then we will send you out an intake questionnaire. You will send us back the questionnaire at least 24 hours before your first appointment. Your first appointment is an Intake Appointment, and takes approximately 2 ours. During this appointment, we will observe your dog while we ask you questions about your dog, your lifestyle, activities you do with your dog, and your dog's health and training history. Then we will do some training with you and your dog. Once we have done that, we will send your homework via email.
In the first week of the program you will work at home with your dog, and you will come without your dog to our group class. It is important that you come without your dog to the first group class for two reasons. Dogs who are starting in the Good Dog program need that first week to settle into the new training regime before they start in our group class. You need to be able to focus on meeting the staff and other students and learning the material needed to be successful in class. Once you have attended a group class without your dog, you will be able to bring your dog to class unless we determine that there might be a reason to not have your dog in class.
We are a community based program. Good Dog students support one another and work together to address behaviour problems. Once you are part of the community you will have other Good Dog students to walk your dog with (even if your dog is not yet good at meeting other dogs!), and people who can meet with you to assist your efforts in helping your dog. It is not uncommon to have one Good Dog student visit the home of another student for coffee or a meal to broaden the dog's ability to cope with new people. Likewise, when you need someone to visit your home or to provide a new experience for your dog, there will be a whole community there to help.
We meet weekly for the first four appointments (one intake and three follow up appointments), and you attend our group class each week, right from the start. At the end of four weeks, we will provide a veterinary report for you to take to your veterinarian, and make plans going forward. If you need to continue with the program we typically meet for a one on one appointment every two to three weeks, but you continue in the group class each week there after. If after four weeks we feel there is an underlying medical problem, we will work with you and your veterinarian to address your dog's behaviour as any medical issues are resolved.
CLASSES AND WALKS
Each week, we run a group class and a group off leash dog walk for all eligible Good Dogs. These activities are a part of your enrolment fee, and are accessible to you for as long as you are enrolled in the Good Dog program. Once you have completed your enrolment these activities are no longer available to you. Enrolments are based on the package of private meetings you have purchased.
How Long will it take to address my dog's issues?
This is one of the most difficult questions to answer! Every dog is different and every dog has arrived at Good Dog from a different point and every problem is unique, and thus each dog's time in the program is going to be a little different from every other dog! Generally, the sooner you seek help, the faster it will be to resolve the problem, however this is not always true. What you can count on is that you will have a strong team working with you to address your dog's needs.
how do I get started?
Now that you have decided that you would like to get help with your dog's behaviour problem, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org use the form below and tell us all about your dog. No email is too long! We love to hear the details of your dog and his problems. We will likely ask you to tell us more when we meet, but never feel that you are giving us too much information! If you have questions, please email those to us too; we will answer as many questions about the program as you wish to send us. We do not discuss what training solutions we will offer you until we have met your dog, but we are happy to discuss the program as much as you like via email. If you wish to speak with our behaviour consultant in person or by phone, there is a fee associated with that. Please email to discuss.
Once you have told us about your dog, we will set up a tentative intake appointment with you. Once you have paid for your program we will send you the intake questionnaire and then we will meet!
fees and attendance
The Good Dog Program is sold as a package of 4 lessons where you meet with our behaviour consultant or the most appropriate Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Typically you would meet with your behaviour consultant once a week for the first four weeks, and then every other week there after. While in program, you have full access to the group classes and off leash walks. Once you have completed your enrolment, you no longer have access to the group classes or off leash walks. At the end of the first four meetings, we will provide you with a written behaviour report to share with your veterinarian at no extra charge.