Problem Behaviors

You love your dog, but that doesn’t always mean you love the choices that they make. Dogs who struggle with fear, aggression, or anxiety based behavioral problems present unique challenges that go far beyond teaching basic obedience commands and manners training. Have you stopped having guests over or must lock your dog away when company arrives? Are walks an embarrassing nightmare because your dog reacts to every dog, person, or bike in sight? Is taking your dog out of the house a stressful experience? Are you worried that your dog’s problem behaviors are affecting their ability to live a happy dog life? Has your dog attacked or threatened neighbors, friends, other dogs, or even you?

At Tug Dogs we know that training a dog is not just about getting dogs to follow commands. Great dog training is about creating positive habit changes, building better communication, and teaching your dog the skills that will help them overcome their problem behaviors. Our training focuses on what is happening in your dog’s mind instead of just what their body is doing. After all, how your dog behaves on the outside is simply a reflection of their thoughts and feelings on the inside. Using our groundbreaking Tug Dogs Training System, we have helped thousands of dogs overcome challenging problem behaviors and assisted owners in learning the handling skills needed to ensure those changes last. The Tug Dogs Training System has been used with the 30+ canine rescue organizations we work with, is taught internationally to dog training students, and is the focus of our lesson plans at Northern California animals shelters as part of our community outreach program.

Our training system starts with foundation skills that prepare your dog to overcome their fears, get in the habit of controlling impulses, learn how to find calmness, build social confidence, and look to humans for guidance. With these key elements in place, we have been able to help thousands of dogs change their behavior and make life easier for them and for you.

We know that if you can invite visitors into your home without worrying about how your dog will react, go for a neighborhood walk without being stressed and embarrassed by your dog’s behavior, let your dog socialize with other friendly dogs without panicking about what will happen, and teach your dog to be a more well-behaved companion that life will be better not just for you but also for your dog.

As trainers who specialize in helping dogs with problem behaviors, we know that dogs who are barking, lunging, acting fearfully, and aggressively are dogs who are not living their happiest lives. The most rewarding part of our job is getting to help so many dogs transform from out of control, worried, and stressed to relaxed, capable, and well-behaved. And we can help your dog too!

If your dog is struggling with fearful, aggressive, or anxious behavior, they are asking for help in the only way they can. Sign up today for our free phone consultation where one of our professional trainers will learn more about who your dog is and what problems you’re experiencing as well as share more information about how Tug Dogs training can help you and your dog live better together.

Ultimate Program

The Ultimate Program offers the ultimate training solutions for dogs struggling with problem behaviors and dogs working on advanced training skills. Program options include 6 months of individually customized training, direct coaching for you and your dog to keep you on track as your dog develops positive habit changes, rapid results board and training in a home environment, controlled experiences to change how your dog feels and behaves in challenging situations, training field trips to add tough distractions, socialization opportunities with specially trained role model dogs, and so much more. Whether it's board and training which lets our trainers take on the heavy lifting of teaching your dog or our 6 month coaching program that gives you unparalleled support during every step of your dog's treatment, the Ultimate Program provides our most intensive and effective training available.

Behavior Modification Focus: You don't have to live with the stress, guilt, frustration and embarrassment that can come with having a behaviorally challenged dog. Tug Dogs specializes in treating canine behavior problems and our unique approach to training provides highly effective results that have helped transformed the lives of thousands of dogs and their families. Our team of trainers emphasize changing your dog's point of view so they learn how to be better decision makers and stay calm, non aggressive and cooperative at home and on the go. Whether your training goals include separation anxiety, resource guarding, aggression towards other people or dogs, fearfulness, or generalized anxiety we can help. Don't wait to get in touch to learn how we can get you and your dog living better together.

Advanced Training Focus: Want your dog working on advanced training skills like off leash training, handling difficult distractions, canine sports, or therapy dog foundation training? During the Ultimate Program your dog will learn how to be cooperative, focused, follow obedience commands, and ignore tough distractions all customized to meet your training goals. As part of the program, we'll be coaching you on to how to successfully handle your dog so that their training lasts long after your program is complete. Ready to have a dog that's even more fun to live, travel, and adventure with? Get in touch today to reserve your dog's free phone consultation to get started.

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Essentials Program

The Essentials Program provides your dog or puppy with the foundation training skills they need to be a good family companion at home and out in the world. This program covers topics like teaching your dog how to follow obedience commands, walk nicely on a leash, and greet other people and dogs with good manners. In addition, our Essentials Program emphasizes positive socialization and problem behavior prevention for all dogs and especially puppies so that you can avoid stressful and problematic behavior in the future like separation anxiety, destructive chewing, resource guarding and fearfulness. This program emphasizes teaching you how to train your dog using fun and effective training exercises. Ready to be our next success story? Click on the get started button below today to schedule your free phone consultation.

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* Please Note: Tug Dogs is unable to provide re-homing services or requests for training outside of Northern California.