All dogs, no matter their background, can develop behavior problems that result in the need for professional help.
The reasons for behavior problems are typically multifaceted, and solutions require more than obedience training. If you are reading this, it is likely that you are experiencing behavior problems with your dog; please continue to read the following before inquiring for help:
Commitment and understanding is an integral part of any behavior modification program. Training takes time and patience. Even more importantly, consistency and understanding from all family members is crucial to a program’s success.
Through a detailed history and observation, a behavior consultant makes an assessment of the causes and contributing factors of the problem behaviors, designs a behavior modification program, and then coaches the family on how to effectively implement the program.
Laurie Lawless is a Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the CCPDT, which means that she been tested thoroughly on her knowledge base and behavior consulting skill set. To learn more about Laurie, please visit the About Page.
If you are experiencing behavior problems with your dog and are ready to make a commitment to improving their life and yours, please take a look at our behavior program options below!
Problem Solving Program – In Home
*In-home Programs are offered in a limited capacity based on Laurie’s availability*
This program includes:
- Consultation (2 hours)
- Getting to know you and your dog
- Owner education, canine learning basics, dog body language 101
- Foundational training exercises
- Written Follow Up Plan (within 48 hours)
- Diagnoses of the main concerning behavior and establishes training goals
- Establishes an agenda for moving forward
- Bi-monthly Follow-up sessions (within 90 days of consultation)
- Moving forward with training goals & agenda
Stand Alone Consultation Fee: $150
Consultation Fee w/ written Follow Up: $175
Program Cost (includes consultation, written Follow Up and three sessions*): $495
* Sessions must be used within six months of Program purchase
Reactive Dog Class
Reactive is a term coined by dog trainers and pet parents who own dogs that overreact to certain stimuli. It might be the sight of other dogs, people, kids, loud noises and chaos. The dog’s reaction to these stimuli is usually a bark and lunge type of behavior. Reactivity can be incredibly difficult to manage and can be scary for both the person or dog being barked at and the person holding the leash. Reactivity may be part of the dogs genetic make up or developed from life experiences. Most reactivity is based from a fear response to a stimulus, but can also be caused by frustration and over-excitement.
The Reactive Dog Class is for dogs and their owners who are experiencing reactivity on their daily walks. The class is designed using the most up-to-date science based protocols and procedures for dealing with reactive dogs, and limits the number of dogs to 5. With two trainers in the class, each students gets individualize attention to work with their dog in the space. We do not use any type of fear or punishment to achieve results and each dog is allowed to work at their own pace. The first week is a mandatory 90 minute, no-dog orientation, and the course requires daily homework to achieve maximum results. This is class is not for aggressive dogs, all those looking to register will have to fill out a prerequisite form to see if you and your dog qualify.
Dates/times: Oct 15th-Nov 12th, Sundays from 3-4 & 4:30-5:30
Contact the Vermont Dog Club at (802) 355- 2285 for information about Reactive Dog Classes hosted by Dogs Rock! Vermont!
Our primary concern is for you and your pet. Our goal at Dogs Rock! Vermont is to make sure you are as informed about the dog training industry as possible and to keep you up to date on what matters in this incredibly broad field! Trainers conducting behavior consulting for aggression should have years of experience working with various types of dogs, on top of hours of education in classical and operant conditioning and animal behavior, not to mention tons of practice performing practical skills with results. When dealing with aggression, be sure to research the trainer prior to working with them. Laurie Lawless of Dogs Rock! Vermont is experienced and knowledgeable in working aggression cases, but will refer out to other trainers when necessary. The best way to find out if she is a good match for your dog is to inquire with her directly.