The Behaviour Modification Programme is a 3 week residential training course for dogs whose behaviour challenges can not be resolved by teaching the dog life skills and basic obedience skills alone. Fear, anxiety, over-arousal and predatory instinct are common sources of many canine behaviour problems, such as aggression, cowering and car-chasing. This is also the course that you would need to book if your dog is reactive to other dogs or humans.
In this video of Aleksandra Borowaska explains about anxious dogs and how the Behaviour Modification Course will help.
Changing the emotional responses and emotional states that cause the behaviour is a key element of the Behaviour Modification Programme. This is complemented by training appropriate behaviours as well as a range of coping skills such as disengaging from triggers, impulse control, settling down as well as building confidence.
Your dog will be allocated a specific trainer who will contact you at the beginning of the course to discuss your expectations, and they will keep you updated on your dog’s training progress during the 21 days. You will be invited to join our special Facebook Group where regular training updates will be added. This is a bespoke private Facebook Group that has been created exclusively for the purpose of updating parents on the progress of their dogs throughout the training process. You will be provided with details on how to access this group on check in.
The first few days of the course is an assessment period, where the trainer and your dog will get to know each other and start to form a bond. It is really important that this process is not rushed so if you do not see many pictures during the first few days do not be alarmed as this is quite normal. The middle week of the training will mainly be onsite at Royvon. The training of your dog will need to have reached a set standard in a lower distraction environment before progressing back into real life situation. During the third week the training should progress to public places but each dog is different and this process is not set in stone. The trainer will always do what's best for your dog and in some cases rushing the process will cause more harm and set back the training.
Your trainer will update you regularly on progress and any setbacks so that you know what results can be expected and achieved.
In this video of Aleksandra Borowaska explains about reactive dogs and how the Behaviour Modification Course will help.
On the day of collection your trainer will run through everything with you and then you will meet back up with your dog, and you will start your handler training lesson. The lesson will usually last between 60 and 90 minutes, but as the aim of the lesson is to teach you how to handle your dog in the way that he has been trained then it could be longer. We want to send you away with the skills you need to handle your dog in the same way as the trainer. So in short, we teach your dog the new rules, we teach you the new rules and then you go home and both obey the new rules. Sometimes, when a dog meets back up with their parents after three weeks the excitement is too much and they find it very difficult to concentrate. If this happens then it may be detrimental to the training to have a lesson that is too long. Your trainer will be able to advise you on the next steps and then invite you back for a follow up lesson within a few days.
As your dog has had 3 weeks training and you have only had a few hours, we would encourage you to attend as many aftercare sessions as you can. The aftercare period is included as part of the course and lasts for 3 months following departure. Aftercare sessions may be individual one to one sessions with your dogs and the trainer initially, progressing to group follow up sessions, when the Trainer feels you are both ready.