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 games and exercises to redirect your dog
Step 1: First session is a one hour long Zoom session where I give you some basic training games and we go over management to set your dog up for success.
Step 2: Second session is live with me outdoors in a quiet area in either South Portland, or Gorham, Maine. For the first 30 minutes we will go over the training techniques and fun games useful for working a reactive dog to keep them focused and below threshold. Water break, then I'll bring out my experienced decoy dog and you will practice the techniques you just learned working off of us.
Step 3: Practice, practice, practice! Dogs enjoy this type of work/play. Repeat Step 2 if necessary.
Using some of the principles from Behavior Adjustment Training, as well as Shadow Skills moves from Wag It Games, people practice having their dogs behave calmly in a situation where they would usually be reactive. The dog is rewarded with small, high-value food treats. We work far enough away from the "decoy" dog to give your dog the chance to choose to be calm and work with you 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! 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 on-leash in the presence of other dogs and people.
The Fun Way to Optimize Owner/Pet Relationships!
Raising Canine Maine
Mallory Hattie, CPDT-KA