Behavior Consults

Helping Dogs and People Communicate

Understand Your Dog
Dog Culture clashes with Human Culture.  Dogs aren’t born understanding that peeing on the floor is a no-no, that eating roast chicken off a counter is naughty, or that digging up your garden is a cardinal sin. 
Dog's are not trying to take over and dominate humans.  They are simply another species, and it is up to
us to help them live harmoniously in the human world.  We decode dogs, and get to the underlying issue.

Understand the Science
Behavior is governed by scientific laws, not magic or myth. This means we can predict what situations
will drive behaviors, and how to change the behaviors through training and changing the environment.
We will help you navigate the waters of canine cognition, communication and applied learning theory.

Understand Your Needs
We focus on meeting your goals with the dog's perspective in mind. Whether you want to safely hike               the trails, stroll thru the local festival or walk your neighborhood together, we’ll develop a customized
plan to meet your needs.  We will help you Cultivate a trusting relationship with your dog.

Customized Approach
We develop effective behavior plans based on the science of applied behavior analysis, your needs,
the dog, and the environment.  We will provide you with solutions and strategies for your situation to 
overcome the behavior issue. 

Positive, Not Permissive
It’s a myth that trainers and behavior consultants that use positive reinforcement training using food are permissive. Quite the contrary, we understand how to get behaviors in a way that dogs enjoy doing the behaviors we want, and remove reinforcement for those behaviors we don’t want. We institute boundaries and structure. What we gain are dogs that joyfully comply with our wishes, instead of a battle of wills.

Focused on Progress
We measure whether the plan we develop is working or not. We’ll constantly assess what is working, what is not, and work to continuously improve results and to continuously make it easier to include the training and plans into your day-to-day life.                                                   
Getting Started - Evaluation
First, you will complete a detailed Behavior Questionnaire.  We will review and schedule 
an appointment with you and your dog at our facility or your home to thoroughly evaluate          Laura Bussing, CPDT-KA, CCFT, FP-MT
the dog.  We will discover exactly what is occurring, why and how to change it.  We will
prescribe a detailed treatment plan that will start the process of changing behavior. 
Certified Professional Dog Trainer Laura Bussing, CPDT-KA, CCFT, FP-MT has over
30 years of experience in solving canine behavior issues.

Cost: $80 Evaluation Fee, payable in advance.  Submission of Behavior Questionnaire
is mandatory.  The severity of the behavior issue will determine how much training is 
needed & we will present options for training, time-tables and costs.

What is Unwanted Behavior?
  • Aggressiveness or Reactivity on Leash
  • Biting
  • Jumping
  • No Self-Control
  • Pulling on leash
  • Refuses to come
  • Doesn’t listen
  • Too scared - Shyness, Fearfullness
  • Chewing
  • Barking excessively
  • Digging
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Submissive Peeing
  • Chasing Cars or Wildlife
“I was in desperate need of help with two dogs that always got along and were suddenly getting into fights. Gone to the dogs came out in a matter of hours to help. I was amazed with Laura’s calm approach and her compassion with helping my animals and myself. She spent a great deal of time in my home and taught me techniques and setting boundaries that were almost instantly effective. I would recommend gone to the dogs any day for assistance with tackling unwanted dog behaviors and understanding your pets better. She was nothing less than wonderful! Thank you!” Tammy            Read More Testimonials
Approaches Backed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) are the behavior specialists of the animal world — similar to a psychiatrist in human terms. AVSAB has developed position papers on several important topics.
Dominance Position Statement
One of the most pervasive, and also most damaging, myths of dog behavior is that their misbehavior is based on dominance. This brings about often abusive and dangerous approaches to dog training in an effort to “reduce the rank” of the dog.
Punishment Position Statement
There is no need to hurt a dog physically to get them to behave. And contrary to what some may try to tell you, choke, shock and prong collars, to be effective, must be aversive enough that the dog never ever wants to feel that again. Additionally, punishment is difficult to perform correctly compared to positive reinforcement and has some serious, known potential adverse effects.
Puppy Socialization Position Statement
Puppies have a very small “socialization” window in which to learn that new things, people, and other dogs are great and not things to be afraid of. Once that window is closed at 10 – 12 weeks old, then that puppy is more likely to grow into behavior problems.
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