Changing Emotions

Ok, so it sounds like your dog gets a bit emotional at times.  I can help you with that.

Keep in mind, emotional responses override learned behavior.  

Even though you have a great dog and there are things your dog knows, when your dog gets upset, it can’t follow commands.  

This mean for sucess we have to address your dog’s emotion based issue before we can address things like come, nice leash walking etc.  I bet you have already seen some of this.

Some dogs get upset 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.


We offer a number of training options to ensure your top priorities are being addressed while minimizing the cost.  Everyone starts with private training because emotional dogs have a tendency to bark and we want you to be able to hear instructions to ensure your success.  Training takes place at The Well-Mannered Dog unless you make special arrangements for a different location.  All options include:

  • A thorough evaluation of your dog’s behavior
  • Identifying and preventing situations that cause problems
  • Stress reduction strategies (for you and your dog)
  • Games and play techniques that relax your dog so it forms positive, happy, relaxed feelings with the things that presently upset it.
  • You video taping your homework and me reviewing the videos – this increases owner success greatly.

Big Scary World – $450.00 – 6 private consultations + review of homework videos you send in – for dogs that get upset or are overstimulated by dogs and people.

Precious – It’s Mine – $350.00 – For dogs with Resource guarding issues –  A 1 hour consultation followed by 6 consultations that are 30 minutes each  + review of homework videos you send in.

Don’t Leave Me – $400.00 – 2 private 1 hour consultations, then 6 appointments that are 30 minutes each + review of homework videos you send in – for the purpose of working on Separation Anxiety issues.

Sensitive Dog Class – $280.00 –  8 classes – a group class how have completed Big Scary World training and can work 50 feet from other dogs and people.

All  training is extremely controlled  to ensure your dog can relax.  You will be video taping your homework and sending it in so I can ensure you have maximum success.

Days and Times of the training
Private training or Your Evaluation – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturday afternoons

Sensitive Dog Class  –  Saturdays  @ 2:00pm 

Click this link to register for training  or call Call 541-603-6868 to discuss your issues.

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
  • 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.