The DogSmith® Dog Training & Dog Behavior Counseling Philosophy


The DogSmith Dog Training and Dog Behavior Counseling, behavior change methods, protocols and philosophies are founded in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of controlling and predicting behavior. * As behavior analysts we reject the use of hypothetical constructs and focus on the observable relationship of the dogs behavior to its environment. In scientific theory, particularly Psychology, a hypothetical construct is an explanatory variable which is not directly observable.

For example, the concepts of intelligence and motivation are used to explain phenomena in psychology, but neither is directly observable. A hypothetical construct differs from an intervening variable in that it has properties and implications which have not been demonstrated in empirical research * By functionally assessing the relationship between a problematic behavior and the dogs environment we can effectively and efficiently change unwanted dog behaviors while improving the relationship the owner has with their dog and their joint quality of life.

The DogSmith works with each client to develop a behavior change program that meets the clients goals. The behavior change programs are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have set timelines.

Call us today! let’s get started and positively impact you and your dog’s life. 1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

Articles we recommend you read to help you understand and disregard some of the more common myths about dog behavior and their social communication.

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