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Behavioural Issues

Experiencing the following problems?

Most dog owners will usually experience one, if not a myriad of problem behaviours with their dogs. Firstly, do not feel bad, or hard on yourself.   Secondly, most owners will call for help with a behavioural problem when it seems to be at it’s worst and they no longer can tolerate the said ‘bad’ behaviour.  Usually the ‘bad’ behaviour has escalated from several little, if sometimes subtle, other small behavioural issues that have been overlooked.  This is generally through lack of knowledge, and sometimes these behaviours have in fact been rewarded unconsciously, which in turn triggers the ‘bad’ behaviour they feel their dog is exhibiting.  Once owners learn to understand their dogs, their body language, psychology, and how they communicate as a pack animal it usually makes perfect sense as to how and why their dogs have behavioural issues.  

A consult one-on-one can usually achieve amazing results simply because the owner/s become enlightened and aware of what their dogs are really trying to communicate. Also owners will become aware that sometimes how they react, or do not react, can actually cause, or at least escalate, the unwanted behaviour their dog(s) are exhibiting.  By having a consult  I can observe how you, the owner, interact with your dog and explain the behaviours which are normal and acceptable and those which are definitely not, and could escalate to even worse behaviour if not addressed appropriately.   Everytime you interact with your dog you are constantly communicating with them, even if you are unaware of what you are actually conveying to them.   Therefore, it is extremely important to learn how to shape and reward appropriate behaviour in order to instil good manners in your dog and diminish the bad behaviour. 

For a private consult to discuss your issues please call  0438 730 428 or email - to make an appointment. 


Below are the thoughts of one of ALL 4 PAWS clients - 

We first met Sonia when our Maltese/Shihtzu (Molly) was 8 mths old.  I wish I had of known about Sonia earlier.  Molly was a very anxious girl.  We had already attended several puppy classes at a local vet with no improvement in Molly's anxiety, it was actually getting worse.  If we tried to take Molly for a walk she would become extremely anxious after only two houses, stop and fight to get home.  She was visibly distressed.  We were also having trouble managing Molly's behavior at home, she had the run of the house which I was not comfortable with, which meant she was spending most of her time outside.  This resulted in Molly not joining our family unit as we had hoped.

After our behavioral consult with Sonia things immediately improved, starting from that evening.  She taught us how to be a pack leader, what was exacerbating Molly's anxiety, and provided us with the knowledge of how routine will calm Molly's behavior.

From night one Molly was stationing on a mat with the kids playing around her.  She could now be involved as part of the family.  We can now go on walks around the entire block with Molly walking on the lead beside us, no pulling or fighting to get home.  

Sonia was available after the consult to contact with any queries to make sure we were continuing on the right path, or fine tune any of our skills.  She taught us the techniques we needed to have a happy, calm dog who can now participate in our family life.

Thank you Sonia

Wandana Heights





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