Pulling on the leash makes walking your dog not fun.  No one gets a dog anticipating problems.

It can be  very frustrating dealing with behavioral issues that try your patience and cost you more and more money all the time! Whether your dog is destroying your possessions (chewing on rugs, furniture, drywall), not coming when called, struggling with socialization, aggression, reactivity, or anxiety we can help!

All dog owners communicate with their dogs every day, but that doesn’t mean their dogs clearly understand them. We can unintentionally give their dog mixed signals that set them up for failure, which at first glance can look like the dog’s just choosing not to pay attention. All of these problem behaviors and miscommunication can be managed or completely eliminated, and we can teach you how!

We want to give you back that loveable pet who used to make you smile all the time, before they started driving you crazy!  Whether is is pulling on the leash of bigger problems, The Dog Wizard Orlando can help.  Watch this video on a pulling on the leash training transformation. 

Raising Your Puppy

It is very frustrating dealing with behavior problems that try your patience and cost you money!

Puppy training is the best gift you can give a puppy.  It is critical that we do right by our puppies in the most influential period of their lives.

Are you thinking about making a puppy the next new addition to your family but are concerned about the stress it will put on your family going through the puppy stages? Are you wondering if the puppy is the right one for your family? Have you previously owned a dog that required a lot of management and want to ensure you have a happy, healthy and sociable pup this time around?

Don’t fret, you are not alone! You are not the only person, couple or family struggling to find answers to all these questions. We are here to help!

With our help, we can stop bad behavior before it becomes a problem. It can be stressful, messy and sometimes painful when going through those early puppy growing stages! Behaviors like chewing, digging, and anxiety can more easily be prevented during the early stages of life. We can get ahead of so many of the behavioral problems that develop in older dogs. We are all aware that most adult dogs that experience significant problems have had some kind of bad experience or lack of structure early on in life.  Experiences from the time they are born until 16 weeks will last a lifetime and it is important that we get it right! Prevention and ensuring positive upbringing is crucial and we are here to help you do just that!

Watch this informative video of our The Dog Wizard Orlando trainer showing the entire learning process of a puppy…

Let us teach you and your puppy to socialize and interact with other dogs, while engaging in activities that will cover safety, obedience, commands, health, and games in our Puppy Training Programs!

Watch this funny video on housebreaking from the puppy’s perspective…

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Problem Solving

All dogs are designed to be productive and task oriented

“Stop my dog from barking” is one of the top issues clients call us about.   Problem-solving for owners is simply behavioral modification for dogs. If your dog is exhibiting behaviors  you don’t like, such as chewing, barking, digging, jumping to name a few, there is generally a reason why. Allow us to help you uncover why, teach your dog the path to good things and show you how to turn that bad behavior into a positive one.

Here at The Dog Wizard Orlando we understand the issues that people deal with when their dog exhibits behavioral problems. The emotional cost can take a toll when your canine is acting up. All dogs are designed to be productive and task oriented, or, in other words, they need a “job” in order to feel whole. By engaging our dogs mentally and teaching them to process information, perform desired behaviors, and use some impulse control, we are able to give them an incredibly valuable outlet to channel their energy in a constructive and positive way. 

Our problem-solving approach combines teaching obedience behaviors such as sit, come and place but more importantly creating a calm state of mind and teaching your dog how to relax! When your dog understands how to make better choices and how to listen to us instead of their impulses we form a bond of trust and communication. When both parties know what to do, the results can be truly spectacular! 

To improve your relationship, your dog needs structure. This doesn’t mean we need to dull their personality or force them into a military-style regimen. Quite the opposite, actually: a dog who is reliable gets more freedom because you can trust them in more situations. All of this contributes to more freedom, happiness, mental stimulation, and opportunities to release energy – for you and your pet! You will enjoy a more relaxed dog at home and have more options when you do decide to venture out together.

The whole family wins. So no matter if you are trying to “stop my dog from barking” or bigger issues, we can help.  Call us today!  Watch this video on a Dog Wizard graduate that had some problem solving to resolve.

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Socialization

Socialization is the key component to having a balanced dog

Aggressive dog training is something that is misunderstood in the world of dog training, but socialization plats such and important role important.  In short, socialization is a key component to having a balanced dog.  Also, important to understand that socialization is not just for aggressive dog training.  Every single dog alive needs proper socialization to stay balanced.  

All dogs by nature have social desires that need to be met but not all socialization is beneficial, we still need to be able to offer guidance. Whether it is proper socialization at a young age, or your dog needing to learn appropriate social skills to be in a pack, or teaching coping skills for a dog with social anxieties or fear of other dogs we can help!

Socialization is a fundamental part of what we do to help you and your dog on the way to a fulfilling life. Dogs need plenty of physical exercise as well as mental exercise in order to feel balanced and productive. It is so important for young dogs to learn the skills to understand that they should respect the space of other dogs. Learning how to have good social manners with ALL kinds of temperaments may save your dog from harm in the real world. 

Our “recipe for success” includes combining meeting social needs and understanding that all dogs are designed to be productive and task oriented. In other words, they need a “job” in order to feel content.  By engaging our dogs mentally and teaching them to process information, perform desired behaviors, control their natural impulses, and teach proper and successful social interaction we are able to build a relaxed, well behaved dog that will be a joy to live with!

You will be amazed at how much happier your dogs will be when they are using their brains and their needs are being met!

Owners, in turn, feel happier when they have a reliable dog who is fun to be around.  Who wouldn’t rather include their dog in their lives instead of being forced to leave them home or locked away because they are unmanageable?  We can help you have the dog you have always wanted, one who is polite to your guests, can be calm in a hectic environment, and knows that with obedience comes more freedom!  Here is dog that benefited from socialization from our programs.

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Aggression Rehab

In all cases of aggression, we begin by assessing “why” your dog is behaving aggressively.

Aggression dog training can be misunderstood my many clients.  Aggression can be just as stressful for dogs as it is for dog owners! Since dogs have the same goal as humans- to get through each day with as little stress as possible- we owe it to them and to ourselves to help them resolve these issues. Aggression is not a natural state of mind for a dog, but rather the result of negative experiences, frustration, fear, or lack of socialization. Most commonly it is a combination of these things, creating an even more complex issue. In all cases of aggression, we begin by assessing “why” your dog is behaving aggressively, which is often a blanket term used to describe a variety of behaviors.  Aggression dog training is something we are passionate about and love educating clients on.  Watch this video on giving an aggressive dog a treat.

Below we have outlined several types of aggression that we deal with regularly and can work towards resolving. In all aggression cases, we require that the owners actively commit to following our guidelines and instructions and adhering to our training program. There are some forms of aggression, “predatory aggression” for example, that you cannot “solve” because it is directly linked to instincts. You can however, be very successful in managing these instincts by teaching your dog impulse control and allowing appropriate outlets to use their prey drive.

Types of Aggression in Dogs

The most common forms of aggression we deal with are Fear Aggression (includes People and Children Aggression), Dog Aggression, and Predatory Aggression. Owners often misinterpret aggression and use incorrect labels when explaining it like, “my dog hates children” or “my dog hates other dogs”. Dogs do not react because they “hate” so much as they are responding from fear, possessiveness, or territorial instincts. In these situations it is important that we effectively reassign the leadership role to the humans (instead of the dog) so that the dog does not carry the burden of making such stressful decisions, it’s often too much pressure for them.  It is amazing how significantly strong leadership can alter a dog’s need to be reactive in stressful situations. When a dog understands that its human is advocating for him and will manage high stress situations, we begin to see the dog making better choices and feeling calmer all on his own.

Type Symptoms Cause Common
Fear Reacts when backed into a corner, reacts when people do something unpredictable, does not like it when people move fast or are loud, likes to sneak behind people to bite Poor socialization, lack of socialization Very common
Prey Fixates on animals (usually small), becomes very still when fixating, may drool when fixating Instincts, lack of mental stimulation Common
Territorial Possessive of areas where they spend a lot of time Instincts, long periods of time in one area, lack of mental stimulation Common
Dog Acts aggressively toward dogs that seem to pose zero threat Poor socialization, lack of socialization Very common
Children Acts aggressively toward smaller individuals Poor socialization, lack of socialization Common
Human Acts aggressively toward strangers Poor socialization, lack of socialization Common
Possessive Reacts unpredictably toward certain people or dogs that approach a specific owner Improper sense of entitlement, lack of leadership, lack of mental stimulation Common
Food or Toy Dog becomes very still and stiff when someone or another dog approaches with certain objects Instincts, history with food, lack of leadership Less common
Maternal Mother dog will become aggressive toward anyone or anything approaching her babies Instincts Very common
Pain Dog may bite when faced with pain, dog may act aggressive as a result of bad thyroid or bladder infection Medical issue Very common
Punishment Acts aggressively when expecting punishment Improper punishment from human Less common

Dog Aggression Is Common

Dog aggression is a very common behavioral issue that owners seek help for.  A lot of dogs will react toward a dog that has seemingly posed zero threat. This does not necessarily mean your dog is “dog aggressive”.  In most cases the dog does not have social skills, which is a lot easier to work through than a truly dominant aggressive dog.. Since aggression is not a natural state of mind for a dog, nor are dogs born aggressive, something else has caused this behavior.  It’s almost always related to either a lack of socialization or poor socialization which resulted in a dog making a “generalization” or an “overall negative association” with something due to one or two bad experiences.

An example of this type of aggression would be a puppy that was attacked by an adult dog at an early age (say 12 weeks) and this just happened to be the third dog it had met. Because of this “scary attack” the owners started “sheltering the puppy” keeping it away from other dogs for fear that he would be attacked again, creating a negative feedback loop. So, what happened was the puppy had only met three dogs in his life and one attacked him.  The puppy grows up thinking: “there is a very good chance when I meet another dog I could be attacked”. This puppy has a very high probability of being dog aggressive when he is older, but this will not show until he is about a year and a half old. Through no fault of their own the owner has unknowingly created fear aggression by simply trying to be a responsible dog owner. What we should actually do is go overboard finding as many friendly dogs as possible to introduce to their puppy to “outweigh” that one negative experience with the dog that attacked. If this puppy met 100 friendly dogs after that one bad experience, he would likely have forgotten about that negative one long ago and not develop an “anxiety” around other dogs.

Many dog owners don’t realize that social skills are something most dogs need to continue practicing throughout their life, they are indeed perishable.  You really can never stop socializing your dog in order to keep their skills sharp. We hear a lot of owners say their dog used to get along great with other dogs, and for some reason they hate other dogs now, this is typically a case of a dog whose social skills have not stayed “current” or “fresh”.  For some dogs, social skills have to be practiced very frequently in order to be good with other dogs. Keep in mind that, social skills are necessary to communicate with “strange” dogs, not dogs they know or see all the time. If you are simply getting your dog around the same dogs all the time, that is not practicing effective social skills.

Because of lack of or poor social skills, most aggression is fear based (even though it can look like the exact opposite). Even if your dog is the “initiator”, it’s likely that he is still reacting out of fear or uncertainty. A great deal of aggressive dogs go on offense before they have to be defensive, and because it works for them, they continue reacting this way to solve the problem of “feeling uncomfortable”. What we must do is find a different way to solve your dog’s perceived problem and make them more comfortable in the situation from the start.  No dog wants to feel this way – they are looking for a way out – and we can offer them one.

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Separation Anxiety

One of the most common issues we see in dogs and it is one that will rarely solve itself.

Separation anxiety is also one of the most common issues owners seek help with and one that will rarely resolve itself. As pack animals by nature, when a member of the pack goes “missing” a dog feels extreme anxiety. In order to cope with separation anxiety, a dog often turns to destructive or high-stress habits. At The Dog Wizard Orlando , we have the skills and knowledge to help your dog gain the self-confidence to be alone and feel secure. Here is a great video on a dog before and after learning to be calm in the crate.

Typical Signs of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

  • Paces or pants constantly while you are out of sight
  • Destroys things when you’re gone
  • Whines or barks when left alone
  • Escapes or attempts to escape when left alone sometimes resulting in bodily harm
  • Urinates or defecates in the house while you’re away
  • Follows you from room to room when you are home

Typical Causes of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

  • Left alone for very long periods of time consistently
  • Taken away from the mother too soon (less than 7 weeks)
  • Mother died at birth and puppy was raised by humans
  • Very abrupt schedule changes in the owner’s life
  • Dog has spent a lot of time alone in his life then becomes rescued and it gets consistent attention from owners that it is not used to
  • Over held as a puppy so it never learned independence
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