If you’re facing more complicated issues such as fear, aggression, or anxiety we recommend an in-depth behavior consultation. This thorough assessment gives you the insight and plan you so desperately need. Serious therapy for your dog. Serious results that make the difference in your life. She's is like family. You want to do everything in your power to take care of her. But you are at your wits end!
Applied Ethologist Kim Brophey (CDBC, BA) is WNC’s nationally certified behavior consultant (IAABC) and is the only available credentialed professional in the region qualified to address behavior problems in dogs that fall outside of the scope of basic obedience.
Whether you were referred by one of the area’s veterinary practices or have found us by personal referral or internet search, you can rest assured that you have come to the right place for serious canine behavior help in Asheville.
What is a Behavior Consultation All About? Here's What To Expect...
Sometimes in life, individuals and families can develop serious imbalances psychologically, emotionally, behaviorally, and in relationships. These imbalances can develop suddenly when changes occur or a health problem manifests, or over time as pressures build and habits of response are created. Nervousness can escalate into phobia, defensiveness can escalate into aggression, and tensions between individuals can escalate into dangerous altercations. Sorting out the full story with its many pieces—the patterns of association and actions (Learning), the facilitating factors in the environment and relationships (Environment), genetic influences (Genetics), and unique conditions of the individual (Self) – is the critical first step to creating the balance you and your dog need. The purpose of the Behavior Consultation is to identify the exact elements which need to be addressed in your dog’s unique circumstances and LEGS so that you may finally understand the sources of imbalance in his behavior and take the appropriate steps towards resolution.
Kim Brophey’s LEGS® approach to interpreting and addressing behavior problems in dogs has been developed over a 15 year career as an Applied Ethologist, well-versed in the full scope of research contributing to a thorough understanding of dog behavior. Applied Ethology, a field sorely under-represented in the United States, provides an unparalleled approach to behavior consulting and training as it considers all of the complex variables affecting the dynamics of behaviors between people and their domestic/captive species counterparts. Kim is passionately committed to making a difference by solving problems between people and dogs in homes and communities with modern science, and considers it an honor to resolve and heal these imbalances in her daily practice.