Mon-Fri 8 to 5:30
Sat. by appointment only
31310 Woodhaven Trail
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
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651-222-0885 Twin Cities
Is your dog driving you crazy?
Each week, we receive dozens
of calls from dog owners that are experiencing various
behavior issues and want to resolve their problems. Many
would like to know when the next obedience class is and how
to sign up. Obedience training is an important factor in
raising a well mannered family dog; however it does not cure
every behavioral problem.
Depending on the problem;
many dogs should be enrolled in a Behavior Modification
Program to identify, analyze, and resolve their behavioral
issues. We also address the underlying cause of their
We encourage owners to fill out the
Canine Behavior History Form and fax, mail, or email it
to CVS. We evaluate your information and situation, as well
as determine the treatment plan to modify your dog’s
behavior. Weekly sessions are personalized and scheduled
specifically with each individual owners busy schedule and
needs in mind. It caters to your knowledge, the problems you
are experiencing, as well as your dog’s age, sex, breed,
personality, and temperament.
The vast majority of behavior problems are the result of
inappropriate communication, over-permissiveness (spoiling)
and/or anthropomorphism (treating the dog as if it were a
human). Most problems can be resolved by teaching each owner
how to train their dog to accommodate their lifestyle.
Dogs are genetically predisposed to behave in certain ways.
Some breeds have higher propensities to be aggressive,
fearful, dominate, subordinate, etc. The level at which
these behaviors present themselves, depends on many factors:
the breed, age, sex, the owners knowledge of dogs, their
living conditions, and amount of training time. These
factors also have a huge impact on how a dog develops and
what behaviors become problematic.
There are many considerations we evaluate when dealing with
First we make sure the dog is healthy because we want to
rule out medical problems which may cause the change in
their behavior. We recommend performing a complete physical
exam, CBC, and a
chemistry panel prior to the first behavior
Second, we look at the dog’s
environment to rule out environmental factors. For example,
we evaluate the relationship between the dog and all family
It is never too late to train
a dog, or to work on their behavior problems. Bad habits can
be broken, good habits can be taught. Most importantly, with
some effort and love, you can make sure your dog is a happy
family member. When your dog exhibits a behavior because of
their genetic heritage, it is important to channel that
behavior into a similar satisfying outlet to satisfy their
instinctive urge. Dogs need clear and consistent leadership
to feel safe and happy within their pack or human family.
An educated owner is a dog’s best friend!