What Behaviours does Keystone Training work with?

 Behaviour Consulting is done with clients who require more than basic obedience and manners.

These behaviours may include fear, anxiety, aggression (dog and human), over arousal, reactivity, and biting.

How do the training sessions work?

Keystone Training requires that the first training session be done in the clients home. This allows us to see the dog in an environment they are most comfortable in. Seeing a dog at home helps us set a baseline of what your dogs normal behaviour looks like. 

Remaining lessons may be done in the clients home, in Vermilion, or a combination of both.

Sessions may also take place at various locations based on the specific behaviours being worked on. For example, a dog who is reactive towards other dogs on leash, training sessions may be done at a local park.

How long will training take?

Individual session range from 60 to 120 minutes. 

The overall time frame spent actively working on behaviour issues can vary. Since individual lessons are spread out over a few weeks, the overall time can vary from a month to several months. 

Keystone Training schedules each new session at the end of the current class. Factors such as owners availability to practice with their dog, access to working with triggers, and time of year (we will not work dogs in extreme heat or extreme cold) are considered when scheduling the next training session.

Will my dog be 'fixed' at the end of training?

Dogs with behaviour issues are not 'broken'. There are various factors that contribute to behaviour problems. Past experience, general temperament, health problems, even genetics can be causes of various problems. 

Keystone Training does not guarantee that any behaviour problem will be solved 100%. We do guarantee to work with dog owners by providing education and support. 

Our goal is to help owners understand WHY their dog is acting the way they do, decrease stress and anxiety for the dog and owner, and teach owners ways to keep everyone safe and as happy as possible.

Will Keystone Training work with my Veterinarian or other dog professional?

Absolutely. Dog owners are not the only ones providing care to their pets. A dogs mental and physical health is a joint effort between owners, family and friends, their Veterinarian, holistic practitioners, and their trainer.

Keystone Training will often make recommendations for thorough Veterinarian checks and topics to discuss with your Vet.

Keystone Training does require Vet exams before training can begin. This is especially true for behaviour problems that begin suddenly. 

Severe behaviour problems may also require the help of a Certified Dog Behaviourist. 

What else do I need to know?

There are no 'quick fixes' for behaviour problems.

The training process requires a long-term commitment from owners and Keystone Training.

Owners of dogs with behaviour problems find that there are good days and bad days. Keystone Training is available via phone or email to help get owners through the process.

Keystone Training is responsible for teaching owners the skills required to train and safely manage their dogs.

Owners are responsible for practising and strengthening the skills required.


How do behaviour modification packages work?

All behaviour modification packages start with a de-stressing program.

This program is designed to reduce a dogs overall stress and anxiety over a specific time period, which varies from dog to dog. Reducing stress allows a dogs stress hormones (adrenaline, cortisol, etc) to return to baseline.

Daily stress, even mild, can have an accumulative affect. This accumulation will alter how a dog responds to the world around them. By allowing them to return to a natural baseline, we can get a better idea of which events and triggers need the most attention.

De-stressing programs include:

  • reducing and managing a dogs exposure to events and stimuli known to cause a negative reaction
  • appropriate exercise
  • mental stimulation and enrichment
  • self-soothing techniques for dogs
  • handouts and worksheets

De-stressing is an important part of behaviour modification because the brain has a reduced ability to learn and retain information in the presence of adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can also lead to other health and behaviour problems.

Behaviour modification packages employ the use of counter-conditioning and desensitization to change the underlying emotional response to triggers.

Basic obedience cues are taught using positive reinforcement. Reliable cues help us teach our dogs how to cope with triggers they encounter. These cues maybe a recall, a sit, down, u-turn, leave it, etc.

For more information on our behaviour modification packages and de-stressing progam Contact Us.