Teaching obedience commands alone will not address all behavioral problems. The SPCA offers training for you and your pet using a comprehensive, four-step approach to treating behavioral problems:
A detailed history is combined with observation to arrive at an accurate diagnosis of the problem(s).
Possible reasons for your dog’s actions are identified and realistic goals are established for appropriate behavior and successful treatment.
A management strategy incorporating medical conditions, diet, exercise, socialization and training is developed to assist in changing your dog’s behavior.
Finally, a custom-tailored program is designed to help increase your dog’s desire to engage in appropriate behaviors. There are no quick fixes. Behavior rarely changes overnight. A loving and systematic approach that addresses the cause of unwanted behaviors, and not just the symptoms, is the key to a fulfilling long-term relationship with your pet.