Dog Behavior Problems | Aggression | Scared | Potty Training

Behavior Counseling

IF YOUR DOG'S BEHAVIOR CONCERNS YOU, put pupstart's experience
and education to work for you.

POOR MANNERS: Incomplete housetraining or house soiling; jumping up; countersurfing; chewing and other types of destructiveness; "hyper" or naughty behavior indoors; excessive barking; doesn't get along with other animals.

DIFFICULTY WITH EXERCISE: Lunging, pulling, darting and otherwise acting like a maniac on a leash; doesn't know how to play or plays too roughly; not interested in toys or rips toys to pieces. (Leash walking training will not be conducted when the temperature is above 80º F or below 20º F.)

ANXIETY: Nervous around strangers; unsure in new situations or when seeing new objects in the environment; unable to be left alone; sound sensitivity; grooming difficulties.


  • Show threatening behavior that makes you, family members, visitors, or other pets uncomfortable;

    • Not "let you" or others restrain, handle her body, touch her, pet her when she's tired, groom her, bathe her;

    • Act possessive (“protective”) of people when they approach you or another family member;

    • Remain nervous, “spooky” or agitated for extended periods around visitors whether they are strangers, family members or children, making you worry that he/she may snap or bite; or,

    • Stiffen, hunker over, show teeth, growl or  snap around:

      • The food bowl,

      • Dropped food,

      • Bones or toys,

      • Locations (stair landing, furniture, bed, doorways),

      • A person trying to remove the dog after it has run under furniture with a forbidden or stolen object, or,

      • A person attempting to remove any object from the dog;

  • Duck away, cringe, back up, lay on the ground and expose belly or run away when reached toward to pet or pick up;

  • Snap without teeth contacting skin;

  • Bite causing scratches, cuts, punctures, tears or bruising;

  • Fought with other dogs - housemates or not - causing mild injury to injury requiring vet care;

  • Kill or seriously injure wildlife;

  • Chase after, growl, snarl, nip or bit at visitors to your home, especially when leaving your home or your property.

If your dog has shown any of the aggressive or anxious behaviors above, please discuss them with your veterinarian before contacting Pupstart. Your dog's behavior is a result of many factors: genetics, early learning, training history, environment, and health status. Your vet is your first point of contact for this.

Cases in which dogs show threatening behavior, have bitten people, or dogs with a history of injuring other pets may be accepted on a limited basis with a referral from your veterinarian.

These dog bite cases are not accepted: law enforcement has intervened; a lawsuit is pending; a human or animal victim required emergency medical care such as stitches or surgery; or, a human or animal has died as a result of a dog bite or attack.

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