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Pack Cohesion Therapy Program - 2 Dogs
Our Pack Cohesion Therapy Program is specifically designed to treat cases where there are 2 or more dogs in the same household who are involved in Behavioral Issues and/or Aggression Incidents with each other. Depending on the severity of the issue, there are two 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. This is right in our “wheel-house” and where we excel above all else.
In short, the Pack Cohesion Therapy Program involves either one or both of your dogs enrolling into our In-Patient Behavioral Rehab & Training Program and while receiving all of the incredible benefits of that Program, we will utilize our scientifically sound Pack Dynamic Training Method to create a team-mate like relationship between the two dogs that were previously fighting with each other in the home!
Finally…peace, harmony and Behavioral Balance!
Research Report from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Results pertaining 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.
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- 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
Which Program Level is right for your specific case?
Pack Cohesion Program - Level 1
Pack Cohesion Therapy – Level 1 Program is custom designed to treat cases where 1 dog is clearly the Primary Aggressor (Dog #1) requiring more intensive Behavioral Training than the 2nd dog (Dog #2) in the at-home relationship.
Enrolling in Program Level 1 would indicate that Dog #2 has no need for any Behavioral Training and is never the Aggressor when fights occur between the two dogs.
Pack Cohesion Program - Level 2
Pack Cohesion Therapy – Level 2 Program is custom designed to treat cases where either and/or both dogs (Dog #1 and/or Dog #2) can be the Primary Aggressor and both dogs require or could greatly benefit from intensive Behavioral Training, as well the need to improve their relationship.
Enrolling in Program Level 2 would indicate that both dogs need to spend time learning to obtain and maintain Behavioral Balance in their daily lives as well as the need to improve the relationship within the household dynamic.