Strategies for Shelter Staff
Canine Behaviour Modification Strategies
I Hold the Resources: Any dog would benefit from this program; however, dogs that feel they need to control resources in the home and guard them from humans do quite well. Other behaviours such as body slamming, shoulder rubbing, and body blocking indicate a dog that would benefit from this program. The basis of the program is that the dog must do something, such as “sit,” before he receives anything of value to him.
Food Guarding Program: The goal is to have the dog learn to be relaxed around the food bowl, lifting his head and even backing up from the bowl when you approach.
Inappropriate Play: The goal of this program is for the dog to play in a less physical and more appropriate manner with humans, such as body slamming, or moderate mouthing with pressure.
Over-Arousal (Tug and Drop): The goal is to teach self-control to easily over-aroused dogs.
Fearful Behaviour: Please note this protocol is not without risk. The dogs that benefit most from this protocol are those who cannot be taken out of the cage or run for Canine Behaviour Assessments due to their present state. This protocol should only be used with dogs that are cowering in the back of the cage but are not showing signs of fear aggression. (Conflicted dogs showing signs of fear aggression could choose to bite the moment you turn your back to them.) It is vital that the handler conducting this protocol has a solid understanding of canine behaviour.
Touch Sensitivity: The goal is to decrease reactivity to touch.
Reactivity to Other Dogs: The goal of this program is to manage the dog’s reactive behaviour by teaching him to look at the person holding the leash when in the presence of other dogs.
Aggression Behind the Kennel Door: The goal of this program is to decrease aggression behind the kennel door.