Solutions for Aggression, Reactivity, Fear, and Anxiety in Dogs

Expert Help for Aggression, Reactivity, Fear, and Separation Anxiety in Edmonton & Surrounding Areas: Customized Training Programs Available

Feeling overwhelmed with your dog’s challenging behavior?

You’re not alone! We’re here to help you with aggressive dog training and to help you with reactivity, fear, and anxiety training too. Many dog owners come to us feeling stressed and at their wit’s end, grappling with issues like aggression, fear, separation anxiety, or resource guarding. If you’ve tried other trainers without success, we understand your frustration.   That’s why we specialize in helping dogs with the toughest behavioral challenges, offering various customizable programs to suit what you need help with most. 

Our compassionate and effective approach has made us the go-to choice for families facing these difficult situations. When you work with us, you’re not just getting a trainer—you’re getting a partner who is dedicated to restoring peace and harmony to your home. 

For the Love of Paws Pet Service (FLOPPS), is dedicated partner in transforming the lives of aggressive, reactive, and fearful dogs. Our area of expertise in understanding the intricate reasons behind these behaviors, recognizing that each dog is unique. Our certified professional trainers bring a wealth of experience to address the diverse triggers that can lead to aggression, reactivity, or fear in your beloved companion.

Our commitment to positive reinforcement and force-free techniques sets us apart, ensuring a compassionate and effective approach to training. We take pride in offering private and fully customizable training programs tailored to your dog’s specific needs. No matter the root cause, our trainers are equipped to guide you and your furry friend toward a more balanced and confident life.

Embrace the journey of transformation with us, where understanding, empathy, and expertise converge to create lasting positive changes for your dog. Choose FLOPPS for a training experience that goes beyond behavior modification – it’s a path to building a stronger, happier bond with your canine companion.

Take the first step toward a brighter future for you and your dog by reaching out to us today.

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Testimonials

Fantastic results!!!! , our dog had resource guarding issues and with the training we received from Flopps we were able to not only resolve his resource guarding but we learned to identify when our dog was anxious, his triggers, read his body language and how to better deal with unwanted behaviours. Truly a great learning experience not only for our dog but for us too as dog owners.
Peter Ricioppo

After unexpectedly taking in an amazing dog who sadly has severe seperation anxiety, I tried everything I could think of, find, or was suggested (within reason) and we made some real progress, and then we hit a wall. just when I thought I was getting somewhere, we weren’t and all the different info was getting confusing, I didn’t know what was and wasn’t working. I was feeling defeated and desperate to find a solution to get my dog comfortable home alone. That’s when I contacted flopps. I now have a direction and understanding on how to continue adding time while keeping my dog feeling calm and safe. Highly recommend Joe, she helps you understand what you’re doing and set realistic expectations for everyone while also understanding that not everyone has unlimited time and resources to commit. Learning from Joe is an investment in your KnowledgeBase as well as an investment in your dog.
Amanda

Certifications & Course Completion

The professional education that we have that gives you expert training in Edmonton for aggressive dog behavior, dog reactivity, canine fear, dog anxiety and guarding issues.

Master Course – Aggression in Dogs – Micheal Shikashio, CDBC

Assessing Aggression and Dogs Sue Sternberg

Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine, Dr Karen Karen Overall, Animal Behavior Society (ABS) as an Applied Animal Behaviorist

Resource Guarding Case Studies Course – Diane Garrod

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Our Training Programs

Group Training
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FAQ’s

Q: What is a “Reactive dog”?

A reactive dog is a term used to describe a dog that overreacts or tends to show strong and often aggressive behaviors in response to certain stimuli. Reactivity in dogs is a common behavior problem and can manifest in various situations. Reactive response can include barking, growling, lunging, and/or even aggressive behaviors such as snapping or biting. For the Love of Paws Pet Service (FLOPPS) wants to remind you that a reactive dog can turn aggressive very quickly, so no matter what level you are at dog handling, you should always approach an unknown dog with caution.

Q: Can a fearful dog become a “Reactive dog”?

The short answer is yes, a fearful dog may become reactive. This is on a case by case basis and would require an assessment by our certified professional trainer to get a definitive answer on this.

Q: What is a “Fearful Dog”?

A fearful dog is one that experiences excessive apprehension or anxiety in response to various stimuli, such as people, other animals, objects, or specific situations. Fearful behavior in dogs can manifest through trembling, cowering, hiding, barking, growling, or even aggressive reactions if left unchecked. It’s essential to address fear in dogs through appropriate training and positive reinforcement to help them build confidence and reduce anxiety. Understanding the specific triggers and employing patience and gentle techniques can contribute to the overall well-being of a fearful dog.

Q. What is separation anxiety?

A. Separation anxiety in dogs refers to a condition where dogs feel distressed or anxious when they are separated from their owners or from the people they are bonded to. This anxiety can manifest in various behaviors such as excessive barking, destructive chewing, or house soiling when left alone.

Q. How to help a dog with separation anxiety?

A. It’s essential to address separation anxiety through proper training techniques and behavior modification to help the dog feel more comfortable and secure when alone. To help a dog with separation anxiety, it can be complex, but to start, it’s essential to implement gradual desensitization and counterconditioning techniques. Start by making departures and arrivals low-key to avoid heightening the dog’s anxiety. Provide enough mental and physical exercise to help alleviate stress. Establish a consistent routine to create a sense of security.

Managing separation anxiety and fear in dogs requires a thoughtful approach, as it involves several steps that must be tailored to your dog’s pace. Proceeding out of sequence or timing can exacerbate the issue. If you’re encountering challenges, it’s crucial to seek assistance from a professional dog trainer. FLOPPS Dog Training can offer customized advice and support, ensuring you navigate the process effectively and provide your dog with the help they require.

Q. What is Resource Guarding?

A. Resource Guarding, also called “resource aggression,” happens when dogs get protective over stuff they care about. It could be anything from toys to their favorite spot on the couch. They might growl or snap if someone tries to take it away. This behavior often comes from instincts or past experiences. Training can help manage it and make interactions smoother between dogs and people.

Q. What causes my dog to guard resources?

A. This behavior can stem from various factors, including innate instincts, past experiences, or learned behaviors.

Q. How to help a dog from guarding?

A. Effective training and behavior modification techniques can help address resource guarding tendencies and promote healthier interactions between dogs and their owners or other individuals.

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