Price: Regular price
Are you constantly hiding behind cars and bushes to avoid an embarrassing encounter on walks every time another dog appears? We can help!
This specialty class is geared toward dogs who become over-the-top excited, bark, whine, cry, growl, or lunge at other dogs while on leash. All dogs in attendance must be comfortable with friendly strangers. Instructors will teach handlers how to effectively manage their dogs’ behavior on leash and teach behaviors that are incompatible to reactivity. The goal is to bring focus away from the other dogs and onto you as the handler making walks much more enjoyable.
Please note: This is not a socialization class. Due to varying degrees of reactivity among our dogs students, the dogs will not be physically interacting and instead we will focus on keeping their attention on you in the context of other dogs.
The classroom is set up to keep stress levels low for handlers and their dogs during instruction; please expect visual separation between structured dog-dog exercises.
- Female dogs must be spayed and all dogs must be up to date on rabies, distemper and parvo vaccinations.
- There are no prerequisites for this course. No prior training? No problem.
- How dogs learn
- How behavior modification works
- Body language
- Using markers - training/mechanics
- Logistics (layout of class, safety, cancellations, etc.)
- Find it
- Stress signals/body language
- Training mechanics
- Focus/attention and name responsiveness
- Hand targeting
- U-turns/let’s go
- Stress signals/body language (compared to last week)
- Enrichment suggestions
- Practice focus/attention, name responsiveness, targeting, u-turns
- *One-by-one individually in middle of room
- Lure walking intro
- *Happy talk
- Situational awareness
- Dog-dog conflict discussion
- U-turns, focus/attention, name responsiveness, targeting, lure walking, etc. w/ distractions
- Passing by distractions (rather than avoiding)
- Setups - with added distractions
- Sharing common space with other dogs
- One by one leash greetings in middle of room (as ready)
- *What do healthy leash greetings look like?
- Functional setups and practice exercises with other dogs in class
- Outdoor Practice (as ready)
- More leash greetings (as ready)
Please note: While we do our best to stick to this schedule, at times, there may be slight variations based on the needs of the class. I also want to note that in addition to each of these topics there is always bonus material in your packets which we aren't able to cover in the class but that are helpful overall to your long term success.
Accepted Record Formats:
We require you to provide a copy of your records to us. This can be a hard copy we may keep on file, or sent via email in a .pdf format.
- We accept records on veterinary letterhead.
- If records are coming from the breeder or rescue group, the stickers from the vaccination vials must be included.
- Handwritten records, or records not on vet letterhead and without stickers are not accepted and we do not make exceptions.
This is to protect our clients to the very best of our ability. While rare, these illnesses are life-threatening and our clients appreciate our diligence in minimizing these risks. Thank you for understanding!
The distemper and parvo vaccinations are part of a combo vaccination given in 3 rounds of boosters at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks to increase immunity. Puppies do not need to have completed the series at start, but must stay up to date and on schedule throughout participation. Rabies is administered between 10 weeks and 6 months depending on veterinarian preferences and existing vaccination schedule.