Pack Cohesion Therapy Program

Utilizing our incredible Pack Dynamic Training Method, we can help your dogs obtain peace and balance in their relationships!

Pack Cohesion Therapy Program

This unique Program is specifically designed for multi-dog homes

easily our greatest strength is creating strong & safe relationships between dogs!

You won't find another Program like this ANYWHERE !!

Our Pack Cohesion Therapy Program is specifically designed to treat cases where there are 2 or more dogs in the same household who are exhibiting Behavioral Issues and/or Aggression Incidents between or involving each other. 

Depending on the severity of the issue, we offer 2 Program Level options.

Utilizing our years of Canine Social Behavior Training experience as well as our proprietary Pack Dynamic Training Method, we have a proven track record of excelling at creating a cohesive bond between 2 or more dogs, often where other training efforts have failed. 

This is right in our “wheel-house” and where we excel above all others.

In short, the Pack Cohesion Therapy Program involves either one or both of your dogs enrolling into our In-Patient Behavioral Rehab & Training Program.

While receiving all of the incredible benefits of that Program, we will utilize our scientifically sound Pack Dynamic Training Method to create a positive & productive “team-mate” like relationship between the two dogs that were previously either fighting with each other in the home or wreaking havoc together towards other dogs or humans!

Our Pack Cohesion Therapy Program will promote a mutually beneficial working bond between the affected dogs in the same household who may have run astray of their foundational understanding of what it means to be part of a cohesive Pack!

Finally…a place you can turn with a proven track-record of establishing peace, harmony and Behavioral Balance!


Pack Cohesion Program Highlights

PCT1:  Pack Cohesion Therapy Program – Level 1

This program level is assigned when 1 dog is the primary aggressor or problem dog

    • Dog 1 is clearly the source of the behavior problem between the 2 dogs.
      • Dog 1 spends 35 days in our Canine Behavior Training Program
      • Dog 2 spends 14 days in Pack Cohesion Training alongside Dog 1

    • Dog 2 has no real issues and does not require any focused behavior training

PCT2:  Pack Cohesion Therapy Program – Level 2

This program level is assigned when both dogs are equally “at fault” 

  • Both Dogs display Unacceptable or Undesirable Behaviors (including Aggression*)  
      • towards each other, other dogs or humans
      • or display imbalanced behaviors at inappropriate times and contexts

  • Both Dogs clearly would benefit from focused one-on-one Training
      • followed by our exclusive Pack Cohesion training process

  • Both Dogs will spend 35 days in training, consecutively then…
      • Both will train together, side-by-side, for another 21 days
      • The final 21 days allow us to help forge a lasting, team-mate-like bond

*Cases involving ANY level of Aggression will be evaluated and accepted on a case-by-case basis and
CBS INC. reserves the right to decline acceptance of any case without the requirement
to provide reason or explanation as to why the case was declined.

PCT1:  Dog 1 is the Primary Aggressor or Behavior Problem

  • Board & Train: Dog 1 begins 35 Days iof Canine Behavior Training 
    • At 21-days in, Dog 2 will join Dog 1 to begin Pack Cohesion Training
    • This training will work to create “team-mates” rather than adversaries

  • Re-Home Session: both Dogs are brought back to your home for Human Training
    • The Re-Home Session, At-Your-Home, will last up to 3 hours.
    • All direct family members must attend this Session

  • Follow-Up SleepOver (1): both Dogs come back for a minimum 3-day stay
    • This allows us to identify & mitigate potential regression
    • Provides us the ability to facilitate more forward progress

  • Follow-Up Session (1): At-Your-Home or location of your choosing
    • Follow-Up Sessions generally last up to 2 hours
    • To mitigate regression and facilitate forward progress
    • Addressing any remaining questions or concerns

  both Dogs are equally “at fault” and will benefit from focused training

  • Board & Train: each dog spends 35 days in comprehensive Training, consecutively

    • Dog 1 spends 35 days in our Canine Behavior Training – Level 2 (CBT2)
      • Dog 1’s Board & Train is completed with  Re-Home Session #1 (up to 3 hrs)
    • Dog 2 then spends 35 days in our Canine Behavior Training – Level 2 (CBT2)
      • After the 35 days of Behavior Training, Dog 2 is joined by Dog 1 
      • Both Dogs then receive up to 21 days of Pack Cohesion Training

  • Re-Home Session #2: both Dogs are brought back home for Human Training
    • The Re-Home Session, At-Your-Home, will last up to 3 hours.
    • All direct family members must attend this Session

  • Follow-Up SleepOvers (up to 2): both dogs will come for a 3-day min. stay
    • Allowing us to mitigate regression and facilitate forward progress
    • Providing top-notch social enrichment & emotional fulfillment

  • Follow-Up Sessions (up to 2): At-Your-Home or location of your choosing
    • To mitigate regression and facilitate positive forward progress
    • Addressing any remaining questions or concerns you may have

In short, Pack Cohesion, as it directly relates to what we do here, is when you have 2 or more dogs (constituting your Pack) living or working together and their relationship is “tight & balanced”, so to speak.  

It’s like 2 “jobbers” who have been working together for years and accomplish their work each day relying upon each other without even having to speak verbally to each other. 

A “look” here, a ‘wink’ there or even a ‘nod’…it’s that unspoken, non-verbal communication, the understanding that they work together as a “team” or in our case, a Pack

They work in unison, tightly together, or with Cohesion.

In much the same respect, our Pack Cohesion Therapy Program promotes a tight, mutually beneficial working bond between two dogs who previously may have run astray of their foundational understanding of what it means to be in a Pack!

  • All PCT Rates are assessed by Service Area (owner home location)
    • All Training Rates for each specific Training Program, can be found on each 
      Program webpage, under that tab that reads “Exact Rates by Service Area”

Research Report

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Results pertain to Conspecific Aggression between two or more dogs living in the same household

Research has shown that nearly one-third of the typical North American dog loving homes contain two or more dogs. In a multi-dog-household, arguably the MOST disturbing scenario occurs when there is an aggressive incident between the dogs living together in the same house.  We call this, Intra-Household Conspecific Aggression.  Whatever you call it…it’s no laughing matter!

These unfortunate incidents are not only disturbing for the peace and harmony of the humans living in the home…but they can be seriously dangerous for the dogs and the owners who try to intervene and break up the fight.  A scientific report published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association was commissioned to specifically assess the characteristics of the dogs involved in these aggression cases.

Researchers Kathryn Wrubel, Nicholas Dodman and others recruited thirty-eight pairs of dogs that came to the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA, specifically because there were aggressive incidents between the housemate dogs.  The research team then conducted in-depth interviews and questionnaires to determine the characteristics of the dogs involved in these incidents.

Here are some statistics that many dog owners might find surprising, but those of us who have been working with these types of Aggression cases know these facts all too well. 

Click on a heading below for more details on the study’s findings

  • Female dogs are more often involved in these aggressive fights than male dogs
  • Only 32% of these incidents involve males while the remaining 62% show females as the aggressor
  • When females get into these fights, injuries tend to be more severe and fights tend to last longer

While Gender is clearly a determining factor in the likelihood of aggressive incidents in the home, it’s also highly predictive of the likelihood of success with Behavioral Training.  Here are some statistics:

  • In Male-Male aggression cases, conflict was reduced in 72% of the cases
  • In Male-Female pairs, conflict reduction occurred in 75% of the cases
  • In Female-Female pairs, while conflict reduction was only 57%…this is still worth making the effort
  • 70% of the time, the instigator of the aggression is the dog most recently brought into the home
  • In 74% of these cases, it ends up being the younger dog that actually starts the fight
  • In 39% of the cases, owners claim surprise stating “they usually get along most of the time!”
  • Some conflicts can be quite serious with 50% resulting in one or both dogs requiring Vet care
  • Overall, 10% of the time the owner is actually injured to the point of requiring medical attention
  • Regardless of past training, dogs were successfully separated using Commands only 8% of the time
  • In 46% of the incidents, it’s the actions of the owner, like paying attention to one dog over the other
  • 31% of the incidents were triggered by simple over-excitement such as an owners arrival at home
  • Resource Guarding was involved in 46% when involving food/treats and 26% when involving toys
  • 41% of involved households had at least 1 dog who had lived in multiple households prior to this
  • When one of the dog in the pair was adopted at 12 weeks or older – fights occurred 39% of the time
  • Dogs adopted from Shelters were involved in 33% of the incidents and 16% for dogs from Pet Store
  • 40% of these dogs will or have shown aggression towards other dogs
  • 27% will or have shown aggression toward humans living in the household
  • 27% will or have shown aggression towards human strangers
  • 20% will or have shown aggression towards their owner(s)
  • 50% of the pairs of dogs involved has at least one member with noticeable Separation Anxiety
  • 30% suffered from and/or exhibited Phobia’s, Fearfulness and other forms of Anxiety

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Which Program Level is right for your specific case?

PCT Program - Level 1

Does your case qualify for Level 1 Program?
I have 2 or more dogs living together in my home. Only one of those dogs (Dog #1) is clearly more behaviorally imbalanced than the other(s). Over time, there has been one or more altercations or fights but it is clear that only Dog #1 is initiating these fights. The other dog, or dogs, never instigate or start the fights and is always the receiver of the Aggression from Dog #1

PCT Level 1 - How does it work?

PCT Program - Level 2

Does your case qualify for Level 2 Program
I have 2 or more dogs living together in my home. Both dogs have had altercations/fights and/or will display Aggression with/towards each other, other dogs & or humans, which over time have increased in frequency & severity to a point where we must keep the dogs separate (some, most or all of the time). It is clear that both/all dogs are equally Aggressive

PCT Level 2 - How does it work?

Pack Cohesion Therapy Success Stories - Client Testimonials

Pack Cohesion Therapy - Facebook Page Reviews

Kim walecka - dartmouth ma
Kim Walecka - Dartmouth MA
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I have been using CBS for over 5 years! I originally sent one of my dogs for in-patient therapy after she began to show increasing aggression to my oldest female after I added a third dog to my pack. She came back a changed dog. Both she and I learned so much! Since then, I have sent ALL of my dogs for some type of training. One for Canine Manners Camp and most recently I sent my newest addition to the Puppy Workshop. I also frequently (5-7 times per year) send my dogs back to CBS when I travel. I trust Brian and his staff completely and know that when my dogs are there, they are not only getting well taken care of they are getting the structure they need. And best of all, they offer transport services back and forth each time. I can't possibly recommend CBS enough for all of your dog needs!
Elizabeth moseley jehourian
Elizabeth Moseley Jehourian
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Our American Bulldog Frankie started in the In-patient program at CBS when he was about 8 months old, he was showing signs of aggression towards visitors, as well as our older dog Lexi. Frankie spent several weeks with Brian and his team and he came back to us much improved. With their guidance, we continued to work with him once he returned home. We have sent Frankie back at least once a month for socialization. He always returns to us a more balanced dog every time! Frankie is almost 4 years old now and still loves his visits to CBS. He can’t contain himself as soon as we approach the driveway.
Kim oparil
Kim Oparil
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This review is long overdue. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Brian and his pack. Molly Jane attended the in-patient rehabilitation program in June – July 2017. Prior to sending her to Canine Behavioral Services, she had escalating anxiety and dog aggression. We knew that we were reinforcing her behavior towards other dogs as well as her anxiety but were unsure how to break the cycle. Brian and his pack were a life saver. Molly J returned home a more balanced, calm, happy dog and we had a long list of our own behaviors to change. I still smile every time we go on a walk and her tail is up and wagging in excitement again! The other day another dog came bolting up to her off leash and she merely tucked her tail and walked away. I never thought I’d see the day! She even tried to play with a puppy on a hike! Each time we pull onto the street to go for a sleepover, Molly starts whining and crying in excitement. If that is not a testament to what an incredible place Brian runs, I do not know what is. Our friends and family constantly ask what kind of “voodoo” magic Brian and his team practice because of all the pleasant changes they’ve seen in Molly J. She is certainly a new, more balanced, happier dog. Brian saved our relationship with our dog.