Dogs behaving badly can ruin an otherwise great relationship and at the very least stress us out and make us feel anything but empowered or even capable. But you don’t have to live with it!
Below are reminders from our 6-wk Dog Reactivity class along with FAQ’s, handout’s and video’s. If you’d like additional help or want to practice in a controlled setting (with others going through something similar) check out our Dog Reactive Free Workshop or 6-wk Class and Primer.
Thank you for taking the time to work on your dogs reactivity. It can only get better with practice and that means YOU have to be a part of the solution. Spend a few weeks working diligently and you’ll be able to relax a bit then a bit more then a bit more.
Anyone who has been through the 6-week class, is invited to participate and practice in any future classes (it’s also good for the dogs to have new dogs to work with).
- If you have your dogs back…they don’t need to respond – be sure to always look out for them (even if you’re not going to be around!!)
- Bodies between Dogs
- Take a breath….chances are you’re bringing something to the equation, so be sure to work on relaxing yourself, finding ways to keep it fun and light and to not add stress to the situation
- If you’re going to turn away…Turn into your Dog
- If things are going sideways….Get Distance. If you can’t get enough distance, get your dog up onto something for some height or get down to their height (for support).
- The goal is success; so set yourselves up by bringing along some chicken, liver, cheese or hotdogs – and be generous. We’re trying to overcoming a behavior that has been working incredibly well, so we need something strong to break the pattern.
- Practice Leave it! before you go out for your walks; it’s tough to remember how to do something if you only do it when you’re freaked out. During your walks, continue to practice Leave it! as well as sitting, looking at you, touching your hand, etc
- Don’t let your dog get pressured or cornered
- Understand that this is going to take some time…especially if multiple people walk the dog. Many dogs need between 20 and 200 successful repetitions before they begin to overcome their reactivity.