Welcome to the Anxious Dogs of Australia Group, to ensure that we all stick to one philosophy-related rule for participation here, stick to force free reward-based, positive reinforcement training theories. The purpose of this group is for members to be able to share their good days as well as not so good days! To offer information and advice (see Topics below) while giving support to owners who have dogs with behavioural problems, particularly reactivity (overreactinging to stimuli). Separation anxiety and other anxiety disorders! We welcome all folk interested in canine behavioural problems including professionals in the field, such as behavioural trainers, vets, vet nurses and vet behaviourists .
This group is force free, new posts are moderated needing admin approval before being sent into the group. New members, please post in with a photo along with your intro, questions or stories about your dogs.
Behavioural problems that stem from anxiety and can also be due to particular phobias, such as thunderstorm phobias. Broadly speaking
Behaviour problems are truly abnormal behaviours. These include aggression, fears, phobias and anxiety. Behaviour modification of behaviour problems involves changing how dogs feel about it.
Other topics are TRICKS, BRAIN GAMES, NOSEWORK, EVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT etc .
Dominance training, Balanced training, negative reinforcement, positive punishment based techniques (P+ -R) check chains, prong collars, e.collars, citronella etc). Punishment trainers (Cesar Milan etc). We do not advocate asking for advice that doesn't fit into the Force Free paradigm on this page.
Recommendation of trainers or aversives either on the group or privately is not allowed, please respect this rule when posting as it is not up for debate or discussion. This includes "balanced trainers and training".
The group admins are entitled to deny entry to any member they choose. They are also allowed to unsub members that don’t comply with the house rules. To do so may result in termination of membership!
Recommendations for specific medications, supplements (including ‘natural’ remedies) and doses are not permitted, as what helps one dog may be inappropriate or dangerous for another. Members should see a veterinarian to obtain a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
As a cautionary measure, only over the counter drugs and those prescribed by a vet may be discussed in this group. Some herbs can interact negatively with prescription or over-the-counter medicines such as tryptophan supplements if your dog is on anti anxiety meds.
Cannabidiol oil (CBD oil). Vets cannot prescribe it here, it’s not regulated so you don’t know what you’re getting
Advertising is allowed on this group (seminars, trainers and training classes etc. must be force free). Out of courtesy please first seek approval from Group Owner Pat Robards before posting. Advertising considered inappropriate for this group may be removed at the discretion of the list manager.
blocking of an admin:
No blocking of admins! It is the group's policy that anyone who does so will be banned from the group.
SCREEN SHOTS, no taking of screen shots from here or posting in from another group, thanks.
Behavioural trainers recommended by the Anxious Dog Group are force free, professional members of the Pet Professional Guild of Australia http://ppgaustralia.nft.au/ or the Delta Institute. http://www.deltasociety.com.au/pages/delta-institute.html and the APDT of Australia http://www.apdt.com.au/ Trainers are listed on their website.
Training methods used here:
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) recommends the use of positive reinforcement training methods for dogs as the preferred method of training.
This is a private group. Posts that criticise the group, Admins or another member either publically or privately will be deleted. It deflects from positive dog related topics and the member may be unsubbed. We do not allow the group to be a stage for personal grievances.
A listing of behavioural trainers, veterinary behaviourists, animal behavourists, vets interested in behaviour, fear free vets and other great resources can be found in the Files area.
Broken links checked 24th/3/2018
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