You’re trying to walk your dog, but it’s stressful because every time another dog appears, your dog goes nuts. Barking like mad. Lunging. Growling. You’re holding on for dear life, trying to pull your dog away while shouting apologies at the other dog’s human. Your worst nightmare is meeting up with an off-leash dog when you’re on a walk. In fact, you’ve given consideration to not walking at all because it’s just so difficult to control your dog.
You’re not alone.
What you have is a reactive dog. What we have are expert trainers and dedicated training assistants. Our job is to take your dog from barking and lunging at the sight of another pooch to calmly looking back at you. These are intensive classes that require you do your homework during the week, but they deliver results!
Latte’s mom couldn’t take him for a walk without him making a scene every time he spotted another dog. Here he is on the last day of Reactive Dog Class.
What Is Reactive Dog Class?
These classes give you and your dog the tools to go out and about without the stress you’re experiencing now. You may not have a dog that likes other dogs, but by the end of the class, you should have a dog that looks to you for guidance rather than taking the situation into his own paws.
In our eight-week Reactive Dog Class, students are able to take more time to achieve their goals. However, to succeed, students have to do homework outside of class. Dogs don’t come in for the first three weeks, while students work with their coaches in class and their dogs at home. When the dogs start coming to class, each student/dog team comes in one at a time along with their personal coach. The dogs have two leashes, one held by the coach, and are behind screens. They come out to practice with a neutral dog before working with each other.
We focus on these aspects of on-leash dog-on-dog aggression.
- Changing your dog’s emotional response to other dogs
- Management techniques
- to prevent your dog from practicing the behavior
- to remove your dog quickly and easily from something unexpected
- Distraction and fun on walks to help your dog focus less on the outside world
- Owner confidence -You learn and practice what to do and are less anxious with your dog in public
- Reducing your dog’s overall arousal level
- Equipment that can help keep your dog from pulling (without using choke, prong, or electronic collars)
Instructor: Michelle Mange (Right Start Maryland)
Wed nights, 8:10 – 9:40pm; 8 weeks
Dates: Wed, Aug 14 – Oct 2
Register for the weeknight Reactive Dog Class at https://yourdogsfriend.dogbizpro.com/Public/Registration/Index.aspx
Other Reactive Dog Class Options
We also have a weekday, five week Growly Dog Classes and a six week online 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.
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.