*** BEWARE THE FALLACY OF BEHAVIORAL CHANGE
There is no magic bullet or quick fixes to behavioral problems such as reactivity, barking, chewing, fear, or anxiety. There should be no given guarantees that a pet’s behavior is going to be ‘fixed’ or will match unrealistic expectations. Behavioral modification requires work, consistency, dedication, and effort from YOU. The longer your pet has rehearsed the negative behavior, or the older your pet is at the time you seek professional help, the longer your work and the modification journey is likely to take, but most behavior can usually be improved to some extent. Behavioral modification can take weeks (e.g., barking, leash-pulling, counter surfing, etc.), months (e.g., reactivity), or perhaps even years (e.g., fear and anxiety disorders) to see significant progress. Success rarely is a complete transformation. Rather, success is measured in the small incremental breakthroughs in a positive direction that you can have with your pet.