You’ve come to the right place if you are looking for advice on:
- house training,
- excessive/attention barking,
- leash walking,
- common puppy issues (mouthing, chewing, etc),
- coming when called,
- yard escaping,
- destructive behaviors (excluding separation anxiety),
- polite greetings,
- mild anxiety,
- mild to moderate reactivity, or
- animal introductions
Our trainer can help at no charge with advice, links to videos, and recommendations.
*Please note: the behavior helpline cannot assist with aggression or severe anxiety (including separation anxiety). These behaviors need one-on-one assistance from a certified trainer and/or veterinary behaviorist. See list below for recommendations.
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Behavior & Training Philosophy
Greenhill Humane Society follows the recommendations of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) regarding the training we provide for the animals in our care, the training instruction we provide our staff and volunteers, and the trainers we recommend to the public. AVSAB recommends trainers that follow the scientifically based principles of positive reinforcement, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, desensitization, and counter conditioning. AVSAB does not endorse dominance hierarchy theory or the use of punishment to modify behavior as this involves the use of adversives, force, coercion, and physical corrections. In addition to the risk of physical harm to the animal, punishment can also have unintended consequences such as strengthening the undesired behavior, causing aggression, and creating extreme fear in the animal. Our focus is on lowering the stress associated with the shelter environment, providing enrichment activities, making learning new skills easy and fun, reinforcing desirable behaviors, and preventing the rehearsal of undesirable behavior.
Below you will find a list of animal care professionals that are committed to using safe & effective training techniques recommended by AVSAB.
Animal Behavior Clinic – Portland, OR
Dr. Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC
Dr. Elizabeth Gray, MS, DVM
Dr. Paige Pierce, MS, DVM
Behavioral consultations and modification
Rockstar Dog Training, LLC
Micaela Frank, CPDT-KA
Surf City Dog Training – Florence, OR
Dina Pavlis, ABCDT