Every dog has a threshold. Once the dog exceeds it, it fails to perform. There is always a breaking point. That can mean distractions are too intense for a dog to follow obedience commands still. It can be that a fearful dog is too stressed and shuts down or blows up. It can be that an aggressive dog acts upon its triggers. When the stress is too high, the dog fails.
The Layered Stress Model describes the different stress layers. For example, a dog not feeling well can react toward a stimulus one way, although it would handle things differently if it were feeling better. Or a dog with too much pent-up energy can’t focus on a task until some of that energy has been drained.
By focusing only on triggers upon which a dog reacts, we make it much harder on ourselves and our dog to better deal with its environment. This model describes the different stress layers we should address before working on any behavioral challenges. This model was developed by Chad Mackin.
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We can help you, regardless of your dog's challenges or training goals. Being a professional dog trainer means having experience, knowledge, and skill. Further, we developed a highly effective training program to specifically help fearful dogs gain more confidence and become the best possible version of themselves. Building Confidence is our second most popular training program.
Last but not least, we are experts in dealing with all types of aggression in dogs and are often the trainers of last resort after many other programs have failed. Most of our aggressive dog clients previously spent significant money on half-baked solutions without much improvement. This is different from us. We will give you an honest assessment of what goals are realistic for your dog. We will tell you what can be resolved reliably and what likely needs to be managed before we start.