Changing Emotions

changing emotions“He’s such a sweet dog but he gets really emotional when …”
Tiffany adopted Jake when he was a year old. Tiffany was concerned because there were times when Jake would get really emotional.  For some dogs this happens when:

  • the owner leaves the house
  • while meeting new dogs
  • when meeting new people
  • they hear loud noises
  • going into public places
  • they have something special, like a bone

The thing they have in common is the dog is getting really emotional which diminishes options and quality of life for the dog and owner.

The good news is the dog’s emotions can change and as it changes both the dog and the owner

  • gain social freedom at home and in public
  • have less stress
  • are happier and more relaxed
  • have an improved quality of life

Keep in mind socialization is what happens to keep this problem from occurring. Once this problem is established, then desensitization, counter conditioning and classical conditioning is necessary to change a dog’s emotions. This expert, specialty training is offered in our Changing Emotions Program.  Owners have 6 options to consider when they have a dog with emotion based issues. As you consider your options it is important that you can prevent your dogs problems from getting worse. You can do this by avoiding putting your dog in situations that cause it to get upset.


This training starts with a private consultation to evaluate your dog and determine which training plan would best meet your dog’s needs.  All  training is extremely controlled exposure to ensure your dog can relax.  My job is to set you up for success.  

Changing Emotions Stage 1 – Evaluation  & Skills Necessary  for Success – $126.00
1 private consultation with your dog – at The Well-Mannered Dog unless you make special arrangements.

  • better leash walking skills
  • identifying and preventing situations that cause problems
  • stress reduction strategies
  • reading body language
  • How play affects behavior

Changing Emotions Stage 2 – Training
Stage 2 is the training process.  We offer a number of options to pin-point your maximize success for each type of training challenge.

Sensitive Dog Class – $280.00 –  8 classes – a group class with 2 or more dogs working on fear of people or dogs.  These dogs need to be able to relax when they are 50 feet from other dogs and people.

Big Scary World – $420.00 – 6 private consultations – for dogs that get upset with dogs and people even though they are a greater distance than 50 feet away.

Precious – It’s Mine – $300.00 – 6 private consultations that are 30 minutes each for the purpose of working on resource guarding issues.

Don’t Leave Me – $500.00 – 2 private 1 hour consultations, then 6 appointments that are 30 minutes each for the purpose of working on Separation Anxiety issues.

Days and Times of the training
Private training or Your Evaluation – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturday afternoons
Sensitive Dog Class  –  Saturdays  @ 2:00pm 

Take these steps to register for training.

  1. Sign up and pay for your evaluation.  –,. – Click Private training on the top left of the this page. 
  2. You will be e-mailed a link to a forms that help me better understand your dog’s issues.  These forms need to be completed and turned in as soon as possible.

For success expect to:

  • Have a controlled training environment so the training is safe and your dog will be comparatively calm
  •  Make changes to what you are presently doing
  • Make changes to what you are presently doing
  • Do about 30 minutes of training a day
  • Have a dog that can be happy and relaxed as you make the necessary changes and progress through the training

Improving quality of life for both the owner and the dog by making it so the dog can be happy and relaxed under all circumstances is the goal of this training. You will not only learn how to instill the emotions of happiness and relaxation instead of fear, anxiety, etc, you will also learn how to reduce your dog’s overall stress and how to better understand what your dog is communicating. The training will emphasize your learning process and your skills as you can have a tremendous influence over your dog’s behavior. This will make it so you are less dependent upon a trainer resulting in greater success.

Our training makes dogs more sociable

dexter“Dexter visited Albertsons today – He did awesome as people entered and exited the store and with dogs in the parking lot. No barking! He was slightly excited but still no barking. Yay dexter! & thank you Debbie!!” Jenn Templin, Springfield Oregon



Chloe“I just wanted to stop and take the time to thank you for all your help. I am certainly aware that I have put in a lot of work, but without your guidance, I know Dave and I just wouldn’t have the same wonderful dog that we have now. Even her behavior in the comfort of her own home is changing remarkably… she’s quieter, more relaxed… and more likely to spend all day sleeping on her bed! 🙂 In general, it’s fantastic to see the shift in her personality that demonstrates how much she has benefited from this special training. None of this would have been possible without your help.” Jennifer Smith, Eugene Oregon


“Remember Chester, with his dog and people challenges? We’ve continued working with him since we took your class, and we are so pleased! We had a visit from my Dad, who Chester tried to bite last time he visited. By the end of the week Chester was snuggling and kissing his nose! I am so proud I just had to tell you.” Ann Eugene Oregon


Contact us today to learn more about Dog Aggression, Dog anxiety, Dog fear.

It is my sincere goal is to increase your quality of your life while changing your dog’s emotions. Will you let me help you? Call 541-603-6868 if you have questions.