Is your dog’s behavior stressing you out? Does he bark incessantly? Does she snap when someone gets too close?
“Reactivity stems from an emotional root, and the behavior is a symptom,” said Piper Stultz, trainer and owner of Two Dogs Diverged. “Your dog is trying to communicate in the only way it knows how. Therefore, we focus on relationship and communication to break through that realm of frustration you both feel. We aren’t trying to fix dogs but instead bring two sides of the same dog together so owners and their canine companions can coexist peacefully.”
Stultz, a U. S. Navy veteran, is well versed in animal behavior and opened Two Dogs specifically to help reactive dogs and their owners. Three reverse board and train program levels are tailored to each dog’s specific needs.
Level one — five days: This level is geared toward young dogs that display nuisance behaviors. Stultz meets you at your house or a public park, working with you and your dog for as long as 90 minutes per session. You learn how to read your dog’s body language and communicate through leash manners and markers, which are a sound, signal, or word used to praise your dog or let him know to start or stop something.
Level two — 10 days: This intermediate level is for dogs with emerging behavioral problems that need intervention but not a drill sergeant, Stultz said.
Level three — 21 days: This more intensive program addresses long-term, ingrained behaviors, such as those you might discover in a rescue dog.
Two Dogs offers a free one-hour consultation and maintenance classes for those who complete the program. As Stultz noted, “We’re available to clients for the life of their dogs.”
Two Dogs Diverged serves the Oklahoma City area 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Veterans, active-duty military personnel, and Department of Defense employees receive a 10 percent discount.
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