Even though there is no universal definition for reactivity, we usually call a dog “reactive” if their reactions are “exaggerated” in certain situations. What most people mean when they say that their dog is reactive is:
- barking at dogs on the street
- barking at people on the street
- pulling on the leash towards the trigger (it can be another dog but can be a specific type of a vehicle)
Reactive dogs are hypervigilant, they react very quickly to visual stimuli and they often vocalize (i.e. bark, whine). They often live under constant stress because everyday each time they go outside they are confronted with things that cause fear, concern or discomfort to them.
Life with a reactive dog can also be very hard on their human companions. With time the owner can become permanently tense during walks because they fear that they’ll end up in a situation where the trigger is unavoidable and their dog has a bad reaction. The more the owner is stressed, the less they can support their dog and we end up in a viscous cycle.
What will we do?
- We will analyze your dog’s behavior so that it becomes more predictable to you.
- I will show you tools that will allow you to handle difficult situations better starting from our first session. This we we can reduce your stress level and your dog will have fewer opportunities to practice unwanted behaviors.
- We will have a look at your everyday life. We will figure out ways to reduce stress for your dog. The better they feel – physically and mentally – the better they can learn.
- We will create a training plan which takes into consideration both your dog’s needs and your availability.
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I’m looking forward to working with you both!