Doing nothing is still doing something.
If your dog's reactivity it's making your life harder than it needs to be, then why not do something about it?
There are 2 negative things reactive dog owners will often experience without management or training...
1. Nerve-Racking Situations
For most dog-reactive dog owners, there's nothing worse than turning the corner and seeing another dog.
They instantly panic and confuse their dog with their body language making them more nervous and prone to reactivity.
For pram-reactive dog owners, you can imagine the fear they feel when they walk their dog and see a pram in the distance.
2. Lifestyle Sacrifice
For many people, it's would be a dream to be able to sit at a cafe with their dog lying calmly next to them.
For many, it's about being able to go for a walk without having their arms pulled from their sockets every time a car passes.
If there's something you'd like to do, that you can't currently do because of your dog's reactivity, perhaps it's time to weigh up a solution.
Most dog owners will instinctively do the right thing and avoid their dog's reactive triggers.
This involves implementing changes like:
- Taking a different route on your walks so you don't go past the neighbourhood dog your dog doesn't like.
- Restricting your dog's window view so they don't bark to ward off every dog that goes past.
- Creating a dogrun so that your dog can't jump, bark and dig under the fence to get to the neighbour's dog.
These are just a few examples to emphasise the type of thinking it can take to manage the issue.
Management is all about doing everything you can to avoid particular situations that set your dog off.
This is what our advice is if you want to avoid your dog's reactivity.
On the other hand, if you'd like to replace your dog's reactivity with obedience skills that will build your dog's confidence and focus...
We'd like for you to give our reACTive Group Class a try!
3 Ways to Combat Reactivity.
Here are a few strategies that have been proven to help dozens of reactive dogs and their owners.
1. Increase Your Dog's Level of Trust
Problem: Your dog doesn't trust other dogs.
reACTive Solution: By teaching your dog how to work within a safe training environment around other dog's, in time they will come to the conclusion that...
"All dog's aren't that bad."
This will soon turn into, "I'm not fazed."
2. Improve Your Handler Skills
Problem: You're not handling them effectively.
reACTive Solution: By focusing and improving the techniques and body language you use when training your dog, you'll create a dog that Is YOU focused...
Not EVERYTHING ELSE focused.
3. Work on Impulse Control
Problem: Your dog doesn't think before acting.
reACTive Solution: Dramatically improve your dog's obedience by giving them tasks to complete under distraction.
This will teach them that there are better alternatives than BARKING and PULLING.
They can look up to you for guidance, obey your command, and earn a reward!
3 Proactive Objectives!
These are 3 ways you can go about slowly but surely eradicating your dog's reactivity.
And also 3 ways our reACTive Group Class can give you the tools you need to help your dog.
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- Ryan King