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Behavioral Issues & Training
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Animal Psychology Center in Philip, South Dakota, provides animal behavioral services. When it comes to behavioral issues of dogs, I train, rehabilitate, and address them. My home base (where the Animal Psychology Center is located) is in Philip (about 75 minutes east of Rapid City). I come to Rapid City often to work with clients and their pets. I make house calls (much like Ceasar Milar on the Nat GEO channel) and teach both individual and group classes.

Katherine has practiced natural “Dog Pack” behavior techniques for years, well before they became popularized by celebrity trainers like Cesar Millan or Tamar Geller. She is overjoyed to see these humane and effective techniques moving into mainstream pet training practices. So what is “dog pack” training? Simply put, it’s about the dog’s natural desire to subordinate to the pack leader. Your dog’s pack is your family and if YOU have established yourself as the ‘alpha’ of that pack, then things are probably going pretty well. If not, then the dog will challenge your authority, treat you like an equal or, worse yet, consider himself to be the pack member in charge of things. Understanding how your dog views his role in your family pack, and how to establish yourself as the undisputed pack leader, will result in a happier, more secure, and better behaved dog.

• Chewing
• Barking
• Destructive and Aggressive Behavior
• Separation Anxiety
• Marking or Urination
• Food Aggression
• Withdrawal
• Obedience Training
• Problems between Family Pets

• Anxiety or Fear
• Marking or Urination
• Biting or Aggression
• Problems between Family Pets

It is important to train and socialize your puppy the moment your puppy comes into the house. I work with clients to establish rules and boundaries, discourage playful biting, housebreaking, and beginning obedience. We create a schedule for age appropriate training and social skills.

Puppy training will make sure dogs have a healthy and working relationship with other pets, children, and new babies.

For dog having behavioral issues I can do a home evaluation with the dog and everyone in the household present.

Prices range between $450 and $650, and are adjustable to how many dogs and people in the household as well as the amount of work that needs to be done.

This package involves an evaluation of the dog having issues, a diagnosis, a working treatment plan and several other visits.

Our goal here is to have a dog that can be trusted in any social situation. Basic and advanced obedience is also taught in this package.

A Puppy session is training a puppy in manners, leadership, communication, social skills, and more. These are done at the Wilson Park in Rapid City and costs $150.

Various massage treatments and therapies are offered to animals. You can choose from Reiki, holistic healing, and treatment with flower essences. While I am not a veterinarian, I have worked with many vets and can often identify when health issues are contributing to behavioral problems.

Katherine has a limited amount of boarding in Philip for established clients. She also provides grooming services in Philip.

Behavior Issues Success Stories

I rescued The Bug from a dysfunctional household, where she lived behind a couch amid domestic strife and drug trafficking. When dog food was provided it was a standard brand perfectly appropriate for a Great Dane.

For The Bug, every kernel exceeded the span of her tiny teeth and she developed mouth sores and an infection so severe it earned her the name “Stinky” from her owners. I was called on to intervene — and took her home, treated her infections, fed her broth and boiled chicken, and hoped she would survive.

And survive she did – becoming a bright and happy dog that was social, loving and accomplished in tricks and charm. Mad about kittens, fearless with dogs many times her size, and totally accepting of humans despite her early mistreatment, The Bug was a tiny package of everything that makes us love dogs.

“All this horse does is sleep and mope” his owner told me when she called. “What are we doing wrong?” The vet had been out and couldn’t find a physical cause.

I researched his history a little more, and found out that Buckley had been relocated after the death of his previous owner. The new owners had taken a “hands off” approach while they waited for him to adjust to his new surroundings, but that was exactly the opposite of what this horse needed.

Grieving and insecure in new and unfamiliar surroundings, he needed extra attention and interaction to help him bond with his new owners. We developed a schedule for daily grooming and riding, and they followed my advice to include him, as much as they could, in outdoor family activities. In a few weeks, Buckley was a different horse and interacting well in his new situation.

I received a call from Jinx’s owner, Jenny, after he had lunged at her little boy, giving him a black eye. “You need to do something right now” I told her, “the next time he could bite.” And it was was clear from his attitude when I entered the house, that this dog was a danger.

Jenny was pregnant, newly relocated to Rapid City, and her husband was deployed to Iraq. The dog was missing the family member he most respected, disturbed over the move, and a classic example of a dog filled with fear and confusion reacting with mounting hostility and aggression.

Jinx’s reactions were so fear-based and persistent that they suggested a chemical imbalance so I treated him with drops of pear and orange flower essences.

We also had multiple sessions – sometimes difficult at first — reinforcing to the dog that his role was subordinate to that of Jenny and her toddler.

After some training and behavioral work, Jinx became a more secure and relaxed dog, giving up his threatening behavior towards family members and visitors.

Wendy had an experience that’s not all that unusual. When you rescue a stray it can seem docile and gentle at first only to become after while, well, a whole different animal.

In poor physical condition and initially keeping a low profile in his new household, Midnight seemed like he would fit right in. But as his strength increased, so did his attitude. Soon he exhibited an unhappy tendency to unprovoked biting.

We had to teach Midnight the difference between good behavior and bad behavior — praising him lavishly for the former and using a form of kitty “time out” for the latter.

Soon he was a rehabilitated cat and living harmoniously with his new clan.

Katherine Andrews
Katherine Andrews Animal Behaviorist
Animal Psychology Center in Philip, South Dakota, is a pet psychology center owned by animal behaviorist, Katherine Andrews.

My passion is to train and rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. Through my early love for animals, I developed it into a lifetime career and commitment.

Backed with 20 years of animal training experience, I take pride in making life better for people and pets through my animal psychology services.


Certified Trainer, American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen Pet Partners
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