Suzanne Dubnicka’s three-part behavior modification program leads to lasting solutions to behavior challenges while strengthening your relationship with your dog.
Suzanne Dubnicka’s three part behavior modification program leads to lasting solutions to behavior challenges while strengthening your relationship with your dog.
Three-Part Canine Behavior Modification Strategy
Reduce fear & anxiety, regulate over-excitement, curb aggression
Regardless of the challenge, Suzanne will identify the underlying reasons for your dog’s undesirable behavior and then formulate and implement a plan for lasting results. Each plan will include elements of behavioral wellness, prevention & management, and remedial adaptation.
In a nutshell, meet your dog’s needs. Behavioral wellness requires exercise, nutrition, enrichment, communication, and more. Quality is at least as important as quantity. We tailor the behavioral wellness plan to meet the unique needs of your dog.
Prevention & Management
Prevent the rehearsal of unwanted behaviors and avoid triggers that elicit negative emotions. It’s difficult to create positive associations if we’re forced to revisit the negative ones regularly. And new habits cannot be formed if we continue to practice the old ones.
Provide therapy to help your dog feel better & training to teach them to do better. This is the heart of behavior modification. Changing emotions takes time, consistency, and patience. Find out why I call it Remedial Adaption here.
All The Dogs: The Human
PhD, CPDT-KA, UW-AAB, CPCFT
Suzanne is a self-proclaimed dog nerd. While she may have started her journey with dogs later in life than many trainers, she has immersed herself in the world of dog training, dog sports, behavior consulting, and canine conditioning. She lives by the philosophy:
Learn More and Do Better
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed and a Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer, and she has earned a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington. Suzanne also holds a doctoral degree in statistics from The Pennsylvania State University.
Less formally, Suzanne spends much of her time reading books about dogs and dog behavior, attending seminars and conferences, watching dogs, and discussing dogs with other dog people. Suzanne strives to keep up with the current research on dog training and behavior and to always be open to new ways to address the behavioral needs of dogs.
We had the pleasure of working with Suzanne as our trainer for our dog Posey. She was very knowledgeable about canine behavior and provided positive training methods to help us work with our new puppy. Through the use of these strategies, and Suzanne’s support, Posey is a becoming a well-behaved and socialized dog. We are very appreciative of the confidence that Suzanne instilled in us that is aiding in our continual training of Posey.
Suzanne was one of the trainers in the class we started when Cinder was 10 weeks old. She was very patient with Cinder and us. Over several months we worked through lots of challenges and ended up with a wonderful lab that is frequently complimented on her behavior. We miss her and River since they moved.