About this Class:
You are walking your dog down the street when another dog appears. Within an instant you’re struggling to hang on to a leash attached to a snarling, barking, straining, leaping dog acting like Kujo, or as we mundanely say, a reactive dog. You’re embarrassed and afraid that your dog is truly dangerous to other dogs, and you begin to dread taking your dog out in public. You also worry that little can be done to change your dog’s behavior or that it will take a lot of time.
The goal of the Growly Dog class is to develop the skills to walk your dog on leash in public, in proximity to various dogs, without barking and lunging and to reach that goal within four weeks. The class is limited to four dogs and serious owners who are willing to invest sufficient time and energy to effect rapid change in their dogs’ behavior. You will receive copious guided practice in class with a knowledgeable personal coach and a variety of stimulus dogs. You will also receive handouts detailing fail-safe exercises to do at home and in your neighborhood. Students are expected to make time for daily practice.
Students enrolled in this class will receive instructions two weeks before class to condition their dogs to wear halters and muzzles. Students will need to purchase a Snoot Loop halter, a front attach ring harness (unless they have one already), a muzzle, and a six-foot leash with clips at each end. Your Dog’s Friend carries some of this equipment, but you will still need to place some orders online. So, register early.
Training will begin with the first session following a brief orientation. For this session only, dogs will be crated in their enclosures.
Alfhild (Al) Winder (Come When Called Dog Training)
Only 4 dogs per class – lots of personal attention!
Is Reactive Dog Class Right For Your Dog?
We have three different types of reactive dog class. To read about all three, go here. Once you have registered for one of the classes, we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire giving us more specific information about your dog’s reactivity. The questionnaire will help us tell if your dog is in the right class.
More Help for Your Reactive Dog
We have handouts on reactive dogs under behavior issues. We also have a list of positive trainers, divided by location, and veterinary behaviorists.
Our next Growly Dog class is on Friday, March 16 – April 20 from 1:15 – 2:45pm (no class on March 30).
You can register for any of our reactive dog classes here. We use the same wait list for all three types of reactive dog class. You can join the wait list here.