Behavior modification stems from B.F. Skinner’s concept of operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is very similar to instrumental conditioning, which is our training platform. It also takes advantage of behavioral modeling or mirroring and biofeedback. Behavior modification works to reduce a variety of problems and is used to shape behavior.
The goal of behavior modification is to change how a dog responds to a specific stimuli. These problems range from some forms of aggression and to improperly socialized dogs to separation anxiety, sensitivity to noise and more. In contrast to training, we are changing the mind set of the dog. Using behavior modification, we can increase and decrease specific behaviors to create the perfect companion for you!
What’s the difference between a canine behaviorist and a dog trainer? Imagine the difference between a drill sergeant and a therapist. They can both change people, but in very different ways, using very different methods. Ask yourself what problems your dog is having, and then decide if you need a trainer or behaviorist!