Dog Behavior Expert Successfully Eliminating Behavior Problems in Dogs for over 17 years
Having a dog with a behavior problem or problems is extremely stressful, disappointing, disheartening and often sad. Behavior problems can also create serious real-life problems such as eviction threats and genuinely dangerous situations.
Countless times my clients have found me after trying one, two or 3 dog trainers who have failed them. This must be changed in order to provide effective treatment to your dog immediately and most quickly alleviate the very serious distress experienced by both you and your dog as well as real-life problems (eviction threats, dangerous situations) behavior problems can cause. Further, after exhausting financial resources and faith in prior methods that have failed them, the reality is many, many dogs are then given up and most frequently euthanized. My mission is to continue to keep dogs and owners happily together and prevent dogs from being given up and euthanized due to behavior problems that could have been successfully treated.
Problem Behaviors vs. Behavior Problems
There is a vast difference between training dogs and treating behavior problems in dogs as there is a vast difference between behavior problems and problem behaviors in dogs. Problem behaviors in dogs are those caused by poor manners/poor obedience such as counter surfing, mouthing or jumping to greet guests and are effectively addressed by training alone, most effectively using positive behavior modification proven techniques. Behavior problems, on the other hand, are created and caused by negative emotions- aggression, fear, or a combination of both. If the emotion was not there, the behavior problem would not be there. So the difference between training and the successful treatment of behavior problems in dogs is the ability to change the emotions producing the behavior problem, as well as the behavior itself.
My Total Harmony Dog Transformation® System
The most effective way to truly and permanently eliminate a behavior problem is to transform the negative emotion producing the behavior into its very opposite = enjoyment. I have developed techniques for creating positive emotions in each and every dog in every circumstance. It is not enough for a people aggressive dog to simply walk past people without attacking, he must be happily wagging his tail when people are encountered to ensure that the behavior problem is truly and permanently gone, the negative emotion producing it successfully transformed into positive.
Christina’s Calming CommandsSM – The Three C’s, calming the most agitated dogs.
Traditional obedience commands fail dogs with behavior problems as they are simply too stressed, frightened, agitated or aggressive to respond to them. I’ve developed a series of what I call Calming Commands (SM) which physiologically calm dogs as well as focus the dog on the handler so they can effectively perform them in any and all circumstances.
The third element of my transformation system is effectively utilizing body language to communicate successfully with dogs. Dogs do not speak English or any language, and they don’t communicate by barking back and forth on a constant basis so primarily, like us, they’re communicating through body language. Understanding and utilizing dogs’ body language can prevent a dog from being aggressive, can change a dog from being fearful, can literally move a dog and can both prevent and treat behavior problems in and of itself.
My Total Harmony Dog Transformation® is based on scientifically proven behavior modification practices that are time tested and consistently successful. Only positive, humane, reward-based approaches are used, never punishment or physical interventions. I work as closely with the owner as with the dog to ensure that the skills are well developed on both ends of the leash.
• I’ve used my Total Harmony Dog Transformation® successfully for over 17 years in the most extremely triggering and stressful environment for dogs – the urban environment of New York City.
• It is effective for treating multiple triggers simultaneously – working on the busy streets of NYC my typical leash aggression case is a dog that is aggressive on leash not only to dogs but also to people, skateboards, scooters, bicyclists and being flooded by all.
• Successful in treating the most extreme forms of fear and aggression, including biting dogs
• Effective in treating all behavior problems in dogs – stranger aggression, separation anxiety, resource guarding, or fear on walks to name a few
• Succeeds where other methods have failed
• You achieve the ultimate level of communication and harmony between you and your dog!
Expert, Effective and Enduring Positive Dog Training
As a Named APDT Top Trainer, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers the largest and most respected dog training association worldwide, the dog training techniques I use are based on proven, humane methods from the science of behavior modification and how dogs effectively learn. Training is off leash, positive and reward based, reinforcers are used to encourage desirable behavior and the methods of extinction and reinforcement of incompatible behaviors and are used to eliminate undesirable behavior. Training is an active learning process on the part of the dog as well as the client. Physical prompting and punishers such as e-collars are NEVER used.
As a Dog Behavior Expert, I have included in every Obedience Program valuable tools for preventing behavior problems from developing in your dog (behavior problems can occur at any age) clients are taught how to “speak dog” in order to correctly read and understand their dogs behavior in all situations, and the optimal set up of your home for meeting your dog’s natural requirements for exercise and mental stimulation is created.