Turning conscious acts into subconscious habits.
— cassian sandeberg


When it comes to our dogs and those little (or big) quirks that make them more of a handful than is desired, we tend simply to look at the behavior itself and find ways to stop it. Your dog barks at the mailman so you yell, “No!” Your dog lunges on the leash, so you yank even harder. While these methods may seem somewhat effective at times, they are only surface-deep and will not bring long-lasting results. These tactics are only treating the symptoms.

At Decoding Dogs we treat the causes and approach them with The S.H.A.R.K. effect, our philosophy for behavior modification, delves more deeply and gets to the root of the problem. 

By tackling the root cause of your dog’s behavioral issues we can stop the problem at its source. Whether your dog is stressed out, insecure, or bored due to a lack of mental or physical stimulation, there is a deeper reason behind his behavior than he simply doesn’t like the mailman or just enjoys chewing on furniture while you’re at work.

The S.H.A.R.K. effect will allow you, the owner, to be the change you wish to see in your dog. More often than not, our dog’s behavior is actually a reaction to us and to their environment. Your dog doesn’t act out for no reason and he doesn’t misbehave because he’s just a bad dog. He is reacting to you and the environment you’ve created for him. Therefore, in order to correct unwanted behaviors, you must first turn the mirror on yourself and begin making the changes needed to ensure you have the right approach, attitude and environment to achieve a well-balanced and content dog.

The S.H.A.R.K Effect

Simple: Take small, simple steps to tackle the challenges, setting you and your dog up for success.

Habits: Because these steps are small and simple, you are more likely to continue them. They will then become habits, part of your routine. The key thus being the consistency.

Affect: As these simple habits affect your daily life, they will compound over time – building upon themselves and thus changing behaviors.

Results: As these habits take root in you and your dogs life you’ll begin to see the lasting results; the longer you practice them, the easier they will be to maintain.

Knowledge: Now that you’ve used the S.H.A.R.K. effect philosophy to train your dog, you now have the knowledge and ability to apply it to improve other areas of your life.