For the longest time I have resisted offering group classes as I was never really happy with how they turned out. I looked at many models and tried many approaches. I got A LOT of clients who have been through big box store group classes and their dog was still a nightmare to live with. That's why our group classes are different.
Does your dog feel insecure, look nervous or bark out of fear? Is your dog afraid of loud noises? Or when seeing strangers? Or just scared of everything? Or does your dog lose it when you leave the home? Or ...? Fear and anxiety in dogs come in many forms. Fear can be related to people, things, sounds, sights, places, and so on. Anxiety from separation is another form, often found in rescued dogs. In response to fear, some dogs sniff the ground nervously, some run or hide, some dogs shake or cower, some pee and poop, some roll over and shut down, and some dogs become very aggressive or even attack and bite—all out of fear.
If Your Dog Could Talk helps you understand your dog like never before!
Ralf Weber is a certified dog trainer (IACP CDT, CDTA) and behaviorist. A professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and an AKC evaluator for Puppy S.T.A.R., Canine Good Citizen, and Community Canine certifications.