Dog Behavioral Counseling

Sometimes bad behaviors are more than just bad manners. Sometimes things are more serious than polishing up rusty training. When a pet exhibits aggression, fear, or anxiety, it puts a strain on your relationship. You feel helpless and frustrated. Eventually without help, behaviors worsen and people or other animals could get hurt. But things don't have to get that bad, and even if they have, we can help.

Kindred Companions® - Dog Behavioral Counseling works in two ways:

First we address the human side of the situation. One of the hardest things to overcome for both pet and owner is broken trust and lost confidence. As the owner it is hard to trust a pet after it has acted out. You feel lost, helpless, and hurt. Perhaps even angry. We will help you to understand what is causing the behavior in your pet and give you the support you need to work through the situation.

The second way that we address the problem is through the pet. By implementing positive, motivating, and confidence-building methods, problem behaviors are corrected. We use a large range of methods including Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT),  Systematic Desensitization, Counter Conditioning, and Operant Conditioning.

We work hard, teaching and motivating both pet and owner to feel safe and confident again.

Using positive, motivating, and confidence-building methods, problem behaviors are corrected.

Why choose us to help you with your dog's behavioral problems?
Molly Sumner, owner and head trainer of Kindred Companions is a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI) and a Certified Dog Behavioral Counselor (CDBC)! She is one of the most highly certified and vetted behavioral counselors in the region. Molly is here to teach you and your dog the skills to bring relief from the behavioral problems you are facing.


If your pet is exhibiting any form of the behavior problems listed here, contact us immediately for help!

  • Human Directed Aggression
  • Dog Directed Aggression
  • Reactivity
  • Bullying
  • Frustrated Greeting
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fear / Nervousness
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Resource Guarding
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Private Counseling Sessions

Behavior Counseling requires a commitment of both time and dedication. Results don't happen overnight. Practice is required between sessions. If problems occur, the pet's owner should contact us immediately.

Training starts with a consultation at the owners home. The consultation is usually 90 to 120 minutes. Following the consultation we may recommend additional training sessions. Training sessions will average 60 minutes and usually take place once or twice a week. Schedules are developed on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Behavioral Counseling rates are as follows:
$250 consultation
$150 per session following the consultation

*These rates are ala carte. Packages available for follow up sessions bought in bulk. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation!
 

Growly Dog Class

Growly Dog Class is our class for dogs with mild aggression, reactivity, shyness, or are over-exuberant or frustrated greeters. To join Growly Dog Class you must first have a consultation with one of our trainers to make sure the class is appropriate for your dog and also to teach you the methods that will be practiced in the class. For some dogs, a few sessions will be recommended before you join the class, others might be able to jump right in.

If you have had a consultation and would like to register for Growly Dog Class, please visit our classes page for easy registration.

 

Empowered Pups

Empowered Pups Class is our class for dogs who are nervous, anxious or shy. This class helps to replace the exposure period that most dogs miss when they spend their puppy months in shelters and rescues. This class is not for dogs who are already reacting aggressively to surroundings and triggers, but rather for dogs what are avoidant of people, places, and other dogs.

If you have had a consultation and would like to register for Empowered Pups, please visit our classes page for easy registration.