Problem Behavior Assistance


We understand the issues behind the behavior.

There are reasons why dogs behave in problematic ways. Sometimes rescue dogs come with pre-existing problems as a result of delayed socializing, trauma or lack of training. Other dogs simply have a genetic predisposition to behave a certain way. Whether it's excessive barking, difficulty with house training, fear-based reactivity towards people or other dogs or any of the other problems that crop up, we can help you resolve these troublesome problems. We have seen almost everything and have the experience and expertise to help you resolve problems - even ones that have been going on for a while. 


  • excessive barking

  • inappropriate chewing

  • biting (mouth too hard/nipping)

  • excessive jumping up or over fences

  • digging

  • uncontrollable pulling on leash

  • stealing food – counter-surfing

  • reluctance to get off furniture

  • excessive or hyper energy

  • resource (food/toy/owner) guarding

  • fear or aggressive behaviour towards other dogs

  • fear or aggressive behaviour towards people or children

  • separation anxiety

  • submissive urinating

There are very effective methods of dealing with fear and aggression in pet dogs – we can desensitize your dog to what he or she fears and build confidence so he or she will be more comfortable and less aggressive. We can also train your pet to control and inhibit biting, lunging, barking, growling and other anti-social behaviors.


Building confidence will reduce the dog’s fear and his need to act on his instincts to defend himself or others. You can feel safe taking your dog out in public with different kinds of dogs, people and situations. Problem behaviors must be addressed or they escalate. Why not go with the best dog obedience training Tacoma and Seattle has to offer - Good CitiZEN Dog Training.

Your Dog Can Learn to Relax with ZEN

Barking, chewing, digging, and hyperactivity are typical canine behaviors. Dogs that do these things can be trained to behave differently and feel differently, especially if you have an expert to guide you. With our help and guidance we can give you and your dog a new lease on life.

Some dogs get into destructive behavior because they are either bored, not getting enough exercise, or not being stimulated or challenged enough. Because dogs are now living in more domestic and urban environments, they are not always able to be “dogs” in the way were in the past. They are unable to continue their canine careers. In short, they have become unemployed. We help you give your dog a job and channel these instinctive canine behaviors in positive and “socially” acceptable ways.


We can help you understand how to channel the dog’s chewing and digging to allow your dog to “be a dog” without allowing him to destroy your furniture, gardens or other possessions. It is also very possible to counter-condition and remedially socialize a fearful or aggressive dog. We offer the best aggressive dog training Tacoma/Federal Way, and the rest of Pierce County has to offer. We can work with you privately, or you may want to consider our group based and hugely successful Advanced Meet & Greet class.

Important Information: Issues involving aggression require an in-person consultation and assessment of the dog(s) prior to discussion of fees or time/sessions needed. Please contact us for further

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