Tag Archives: reactive dogs

Thinking Outside of the Block: Why Your Reactive Dog Needs to be Walked

Posted on: April 9, 2018 - No Comments

It has been something of a thing recently in some corners of the dog training world to suggest that keeping an easily over-stimulated and/or reactive dog in his own home environment for a bit of time, along with enrichment toys, is a better idea than taking said dog out into the world to be walked. Read More

Is Your Dog Optimistic or Pessimistic?

Posted on: February 17, 2017 - No Comments

When presented with something new or slightly unusual, does your dog respond positively, presuming it to be good (optimism), or negatively, presuming it to be a bad thing (pessimism)?

Real-Life Impulse Control For NBN Dogs: “Whip-It” Game!

Posted on: February 14, 2017 - No Comments

The whip-it game involves building real desire and harnessing your dog’s desire to chase, using a horse lunge whip with a toy attachment! We then apply real-life impulse control to it! We show you how to play it in our latest training video.

Tips For Decreasing Reactivity in a Competition Dog

Posted on: November 27, 2016 - No Comments

In the competition sport of agility, there are many variables to manage. When I created a behavior modification program for my own dog, here were some of the things I considered to help set him up for success.

7 Things Reactive Dog Owners Want You to Know

Posted on: April 11, 2016 - 39 Comments

If reactive dog owners come off as crazy, understand it's only because we've got a lot on our minds. Here's what we'd like you to know about reactive dog owners before you meet us.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Have a Reactive Dog (Part 3)

Posted on: February 1, 2016 - No Comments

As promised, I am going to talk about some of the things I did that helped curb her reactivity towards other dogs. These are things I did in addition to handling exercises designed to keep Charlotte’s attention on me AND the behavior modification to help her feel differently about dogs.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Have a Reactive Dog (Part 2)

Posted on: January 18, 2016 - No Comments

It's simple but not easy to be skilled at managing a reactive dog. It takes lots of practice to sharpen your own mechanics while teaching the dog various exercises to help the dog stay focused on you.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Have a Reactive Dog

Posted on: January 5, 2016 - 6 Comments

I did not wear any clothes with my logo on it for the first month after moving to New York City, horrified that people would see this dog trainer with a “bad dog.”

The Importance of Space

Posted on: September 16, 2014 - No Comments

GIVE ME SOME SPACE, PLEASE!!!!!! Who among us hasn’t felt like this at some point in our lives? Well, here is a news flash: sometimes our canine friends could use a little space too.

How Does Your Dog See and Understand the World?

Posted on: September 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

Scenario: A pleasant neighborhood on a sunny day, we observe a human and her dog taking a walk together. All of a sudden, the dog strains on leash, barking and lunging. The human tries to calm the dog down to no avail. She keeps looking around and sees nothing that should make her dog react Read More

Reality Check for Carers/Owners of Dogs with ‘Issues’

Posted on: September 3, 2014 - No Comments

LOSING HEART Why do so many clients with fearful or reactive dogs, who often have started off so well, lose heart? The reason is because they just don’t fully accept the time and work that changing fear-based or guarding behaviors in particular can take. Teaching people is the easy bit. A large part of my Read More

The Yellow Ribbon – Good Idea or Not?!

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - 16 Comments

The Yellow Dog Project is a movement created for dogs that need space. By tying a yellow ribbon or something similar to the dog's leash you are indicating that this dog needs space, for whatever reason (or perhaps the human walking the dog... either way). However, there has been much debate with this whole 'yellow ribbon please ignore us' movement. What do Read More

Teaching A Leash Reactive Dog To Make The Right Choices

Posted on: June 18, 2013 - 31 Comments

When Sadie first came into my life four years ago, she was what I would call a reactive dog, lunging towards and barking viciously at any dog that walked past or came close to her. Fortunately I was able to temper her reaction and teach her a new way to cope and behave in similar situations. The techniques I used meant I could change her behavior without physically punishing or imposing my will upon her in any way. I just gave her choices.