Is Canine CBT for You?

Canine CBT is scientifically proven to address behaviors associated with anxiety and aggression, as well as ones common with adopted or adolescent dogs, and with adult dogs.

These behaviors include, but are not limited to:  messing in the home, leash reactivity, separation anxiety, fears and phobias, not responding to commands or direction (stubborn or defiant), jumping, nipping, stealing objects, destructive behaviors, resource guarding, dog to human aggression, dog to dog or cat aggression, challenges in integrating an adopted dog into your family and/or bonding, refusal to eat, reactivity to strangers or guests. 


The following statistics are generated from approximately 150 clients per year from 2013-present. We are sharing these stats to help you decide if Canine CBT is for you. 

90% of our clients* are referral from clients, veterinarians, and rescue organizations. Rescue organizations confirm a dramatic decrease in returns when applying the UPWARD Dogology formula.

98% of our clients researched and applied techniques grounded in positive reinforcement training, counter conditioning, and/or balanced training prior to hiring Billie.

85% of our clients have hired one or more accredited, successful, certified positive reinforcement, or non-aversive, conditioning trainer(s) prior to hiring Billie.

73% of our clients felt defeated and considered surrendering or euthanizing their dog before hiring Billie.

70% of our clients were advised by veterinarians, trainers or other experts to surrender or euthanize their dog when methods suggested to them by certified positive reinforcement trainers and balanced trainers were ineffective.

48% of our clients hired a behavioral veterinarian prior to hiring Billie. In accordance with the AVSAB and other bodies governing veterinarians, the behavioral veterinarians recommend positive, reward based methods. All of these clients have their dogs on medication recommended by the veterinarians. We were able to wean off the the meds, and make progress with CCBT to address, in particular, anxiety, and behaviors associated with aggression.

97% of our clients kept their dog when, only shortly prior to working together, were convinced they would have to rehome, surrender or euthanize. 2.8% felt they were making an educated, calm (not frantic) decision to return or rehome in the better interest of the dog and their family. The rehoming was successful because of the work we had done together. Point 2%, in 3 decades, euthanized their dog, believing this was the safest and most responsible thing to do.

*Our clients include:

  • veterinarians and dog experts and other industry professionals, such as groomers and trainers

  • psychologists, child experts, social workers - all of whom are experts in CBT

  • experienced dog owners who are knowledgeable on R+ and dog behavior

  • experienced fosters and rescuers

  • those who are new to having a dog, or may have had a different dog from puppyhood, and are new to adopting an adolescent or older dog.
    Blaming trainers for using incorrect/dated technique, fosters for not being educated, and adopters and dog-owners for not being patient, is not beneficial and is simply masking the problem. There is a real need for a methodology that is proven successful in integrating dogs into new homes, addressing behaviors associated with the adolescent stage, aggression, and anxiety. The solution is CCBT.