for Dogs Who Are Reactive On-Leash . . . .
Does your dog bark, howl, growl or lunge at other dogs or people
when out for an on-leash walk?
Learn the Behavior Adjustment Technique (BAT)
Bring your dog to the "calm doggie gym"!
Step 1: First session is one hour long via Zoom. $75. I take your information about what's happening with your dog and what you've been doing so far. Then I will make equipment recommendations, give you management to keep the behaviors in check, and some training exercises to get you started.
Step 2: Second session is live with me outside in Scarborough, Maine in a small parking lot with adjascent field. $90. We will go over the training techniques useful for working a reactive dog to keep them focused and below threshold.
Step 3: Third session is live in an industrial area using my human/ dog decoy team. (Locations vary.) $125. Working at a distance from another person and dog team we will allow your dog to sniff around and "be a dog" at a distance so that we approach the decoy team gradually and obliquely while your dog is comfortable and relaxed. Like the "calm doggie gym".
What is Behavior Adjustment Training? With this technique people practice having their dogs behave calmly in a situation where they would usually be reactive. The rewards for calm behavior are real-life rewards, usually trotting away from another dog (release of social pressure). It gives your dog a chance to choose to be calm instead of being reactive.
Usually your dog barks & growls at another dog or person to make them go away, and it works because you DO leave the area! We will give your dog what he/she wants---increased distance from those "triggers"---for offering calm behaviors instead. Working opposite another dog/handler team at a distance great enough so that your dog will not be reactive, which is called working “under threshold”, your dog gets to practice approaching another dog and person and offering “calming signals” instead of erupting into a barking frenzy.
Goal: To have your dog behave calmly in the presence of other dogs and people.
The Fun Way to Optimize Owner/Pet Relationships!
Raising Canine Maine
Mallory Hattie, CPDT-KA