Kari Bastyr | MS, CDBC, VSPDT
Dog Behaviorist & Nutrition Specialist
Founder | Wag & Train
Birdie | Assistant Trainer & CTT (Chief Treat Taster)
I don't believe there are actually bad dogs. But, it’s common (and normal!) to get frustrated, sad, desperate, and mad when your dog’s behavior is out of control. It’s not hopeless- there is a lot you can do to help communicate with your dog better, I promise!
Do you need help because your . . .
Puppy’s biting is causing injury and stress?
Puppy is using your living room as her toilet?
Dog is growling, snapping at, or biting people?
Dog is shy or fearful of strangers?
Dog is barking or lunging at other dogs or people on walks?
Puppy’s Witching Hour is making you crazy?
Dog’s diet is contributing to his behavior issues?
There aren't any bad dogs. They're just having a hard time.
If your dog is anxious, fearful, or has a bite history, I can help. Working with dogs who are afraid of people, who are leash reactive, who are terrified of everything, or who can't be left home alone, are my passion. I don't use choke, prong, or shock collars, and I won't ask you to either. I also will help you figure out how your dog is feeling, what is going on in the environment that is stressing your dog out, and if your dog's diet is affecting their gut-brain axis in a way that could be contributing to his or her behavior.