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Learn how to use research-based techniques to improve your dog’s bad behavior.

Contact Stacy Hulen for help with improving your dog’s behavior. If you want a better behaved dog, take action and contact me to discuss your situation.

Changing Voluntary Behavior in Dogs.

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PhilosophyIn addition to my certification in obedience through Penn Foster University, an accredited institution, I also keep abreast of the current science and research behind dog behavior through reputable sources by well-known Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists. As a professional, I regularly participate in quality professional development through BEN (Behavior Education Network) with Dr. Suzanne Hetts and Dr. Dan Estep (see Professional Development page for more information).

 Dr. Hetts and Dr. Estep are well respected Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists with more than 25 years experience each. Through their program, I am presented with tried-and-true methods as well as new techniques for behavior modification, such as Response Prevention Training (RPT), Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT), and Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) just to name a few. They regularly present information with other professionals such as Nancy Williams, Dr. John Wright, and Dr. Patricia McConnell along with many others. With a clear understanding of Classical and Operant Conditioning, I have many tools with which to work to help change voluntary behaviors in your dog.

Using positive reinforcement and proven methods have allowed me to help improve the relationship between owners and their dogs. Using harsh, dominance-based methods can be dangerous and damage dogs’ behavioral health, as well as compromise the relationship between humans and dogs. These types of methods come from misinterpretation of dog behavior and are not scientifically supported. The information and methods I present are based in research and are scientifically supported which can lead to an improvement in your dog’s behavioral health and deepen the bond you have with your pet.

Dogs can be helped!!

I know it can be scary when your dog presents with threatening and aggressive behavior. Before assuming your dog is beyond hope, ask yourself what you have done to try to improve this behavior. If you haven’t done much, or don’t know if what you’ve done is/was the right thing to do, then it may be unfair to both of you to assume the situation is hopeless, especially if there’s been no professional intervention. You may be surprised at how much progress can be made with the proper behavior modification techniques!

  • Don’t destroy your dog or give your dog away.
  • There is hope in dog rehabilitation.
  • Regardless of dog breed, a dog can be helped with behavior modification techniques