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Do some of the following sound like your dog?
- The moment you start to walk, he or she scans the neighborhood and acts overly aroused, anxious and stressed.
- When your dog sees another dog, he or she immediately fixates on that dog. While your dog knows basic obedience cues fairly well (e.g., sit, down, stay, come), he or she appears out of control and virtually ignores you around other dogs.
- As you approach another dog, your dog increasingly starts one or all of the following behaviors: stiff or hard body, pulling toward the other dog, whining, barking, growling, lunging, etc. These behaviors get decidedly worse as you get closer to the other dog.
- You no longer enjoy your walks because you are afraid of what your dog is going to do when he or she sees another dog; your dog’s behaviors are embarrassing.
- It is a riddle to you that your dog appears to do satisfactorily in dog parks and at doggy day care but not when he or she sees other dogs while walking on leash.
- You’ve tried numerous tools (e.g., choke collars, prong collars, etc.) and even consulted with dog trainers but the behaviors appear to be getting worse over time.
If the above sounds like your dog, he or she is most likely suffering from what is known as one of the following: dog reactivity, dog-dog aggression, dog fear aggression. As a certified canine behavior specialist, it’s the most common behavior issue I see in dogs.
We offer semi-private group behavior sessions to address this issue.
Please note this class does NOT address intra-household aggression or aggression between two or more dogs living in the same home.
- A maximum of 6 attendees in each group class.
- There are 4 separate one-hour sessions for each class:
a. Sessions are typically scheduled once per week
b. Session 1: Review of Dog-Dog Reactivity, Equipment/Tools, Management, Safety
c. Session 2: Foundational Skills
d. Session 3: Behavior Modification Protocol 1 Classroom and Demonstration
e. Session 4: Behavior Modification Protocol 2 Classroom and Demonstration
- Fee is for one attendee only (i.e., no additional family members, friends etc.). If necessary, someone can attend in place of a student if he or she is not able to attend a particular session.
- No dogs are to be brought to the first session. One dog will be selected during the first session from one student that will be used for demonstration purposes in future sessions (i.e., sessions 2 – 4). While all human attendees will attend all sessions, only this dog will attend sessions 2 – 4.
- If more detailed behavior intervention is needed, a private class can be scheduled (at standard private session rates) outside of the group class.
- Please note this class does NOT address intra-household aggression or aggression between two or more dogs living in the same home.
Who shouldn’t take this class?
Owners with dogs that have any type of human fear or human aggression are NOT eligible to take this class; a private session will need to be scheduled instead (at standard private session rates). If a dog shows any signs of human fear or human aggression during class, the dog will be removed from class for safety purposes.
If your dog is presenting with intra-household aggression or aggression between two or more dogs living in your home, you need to schedule a private session (at standard private session rates) since this class does NOT address this issue.
Enrollment and Questions
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