Behavioral Counseling


“Dan has a way of explaining, while demonstrating with you and your pet, behaviors required to achieve a great relationship. It became clear to me as soon as we began our work together, that I wanted to commit totally to this man’s phenomenal expertise.” Read more >>

When your dog exhibits significant, challenging or dangerous behavior, it can cause turmoil in your home and limit what you can do together. Cavalletto Canine’s Behavioral Counseling addresses issues at different ages, training levels and relationship points with your dog.

Our approach focuses on the core of the problem, and we use a variety of training techniques including classical and operant conditioning, as well as desensitization strategies to achieve positive and lasting results. Identifying the source of your dog’s fear, anxiety, aggression or other behavioral challenges is a critical first step in helping him lead a happier, healthier and safer life.

At Cavalletto Canine, we are experienced in dealing with a series of conditions at varying severities, including common behavioral issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Dog reactivity and dog-to-dog aggression
  • Aggression toward people
  • Resource guarding
  • Separation anxiety
  • Running away
  • Obsessive and compulsive challenges

Sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Behavioral Consultation

Consultation is a critical first step because behavioral issues are complicated and can range in severity, be influenced by breed or caused by one or a combination of provoking stimuli such as fear, anxiety, experience, environment, among others. Cavalletto Canine will meet with you and your dog to assess the problem behaviors, identify why they occur and recommend the counseling needed to achieve the desired result. We specialize in helping people with difficult dogs, and we work to create a customized training program based on the individual needs of each client. Some cases can be resolved in the consultation phase while others may need additional training.

Duration: One, two-hour session

Cost: $400.

Behavioral Counseling

After determining the cause of your dog’s behavioral issues, Cavalletto Canine will work to desensitize his response to the provoking stimuli and condition him with positive rewards. We will teach you the key
techniques and training skills to provide the environment and consistent conditioning your dog will need to maintain his new safe and healthy behavior.

Duration: Contingent on behavior modification needs to be identified in consultation

Cost: $250 per hour