Reactive Dog Recovery Program 2021-06-01T17:19:26-06:00

Reactive Dog Recovery Program Calgary

Reactive Dog Recovery Program is force-free, fear-free, pain-free program to provide owners, Desensitization and Counter Conditioning information and training techniques they need in order to teach their reactive dogs, how to remain calm when exposed to certain things that make them anxious, stressed, fearful, hyper-excited, and over-aroused.  The reactive behaviour can be excessive barking, lunging, whining, growling, nipping, biting, etc.  Your dog’s reactive behaviour may be when someone or another dog approaches yours. It can happen in your own home, or when you’re out in public, walking your dog on leash, or off leash.

Classes are held once a week for 6 weeks at Raising Canine’s Calgary NW location.

Class size is kept small (2 – 3 dogs) so your dog, and you, feel safe while learning.

To register for classes:

  1. Please click on the upcoming class below that best fits your schedule.
  2. Complete and submit the Class Registration Form and make payment. Please click the box that you agree with the e-waiver form.
  3. Once we have received your registration form, you will receive a confirmation/information e-mail.
  4. Then please e-mail a photo from your cell phone, or ask your vet to email, your dog’s updated vaccination records to

Price: $425 +GST.  

A $50.00 admin fee will be retained for cancelled registrations. Class purchases are non-refundable once classes have commenced.

Only persons aged 16 or older may attend the Reactive Dog Recovery Program.

We help reactive dogs in Calgary become like these two happy pups!
Reactive Dog Quick Info
Cost: $425 + GST
Where: Raising Canine in Crowfoot
When: Tuesdays 6:15 - 7:15PM
Length: 6 weeks
Class Size: 2 - 4 dogs only
Important Notice Reactive dogs unable to be in a class setting will be offered private sessions instead.

Register Online for Reactive Dog Recovery Program



September 13, 2021 - October 18, 2021 - 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Reactive Dog Recovery Program (Mondays)(FULL)
September 20, 2021 - October 25, 2021 - 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Reactive Dog Recovery Program (Mondays)(FULL)
September 27, 2021 - November 1, 2021 - 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Reactive Dog Recovery Program (Mondays)(FULL)
October 5, 2021 - November 9, 2021 - 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Reactive Dog Recovery Program (Tuesdays)
October 5, 2021 - November 9, 2021 - 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Reactive Dog Recovery Program (Tuesdays)

Reactive Dog Recovery Program Overview

All dogs and all puppies just want to feel safe!

Reactive behaviour in dogs and puppies, can be excessive, uncontrollable lunging, barking, growling, snarling, whining, air snapping, and/or biting when they see people, things, and/or other dogs.

These behaviours can happen anywhere, anytime, and whether you are in your own home, or out in public (on or off leash).

Your dog’s reactive behaviour makes you feel stressed, anxious, and frustrated.

What most of us don’t realize, is that our dogs’ reactive behaviour stems from their own feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, hyper-excitability and over-arousal.

Most of us also don’t know that our dogs don’t want to have these intense feelings that fuel their reactive behaviours.  They simply don’t know how to change their emotions to calmness, focus, and decision making mode.  When dogs’ feel these type of stable emotions, they don’t ‘react’, but rather, they ‘respond’ in a more appropriate way.

When our dogs’ are continuously put into situations that make them display reactive behaviours, we are letting them ‘practice’ these behaviours, which then become ‘conditioned’. Our dogs’ brains then, have learned, to display reactive behaviour, every time they see certain things, people, and/or other dogs.

The good news is that there is reactive recovery training and treatment for our dogs, that informs us how to protect our dogs from practicing reactive behaviours. It also trains us to teach our dogs how to develop stable emotions.  When we do this, our dogs’ brains can then learn calm behaviour instead, every time they see certain things, people, and/or other dogs.

The Reactive Dog Recovery Program is a six week course that is designed to provide you with:

  • Information and knowledge to help you better understand why your dog displays reactive behaviour and how you can make her feel safe at all times
  • Training techniques you will need to teach your dog calm behaviour. (Positive Reinforcement Training methods, Desensitization and Counter Conditioning techniques, Relaxation Protocols, Enrichment Learning, and Fun Focus Games).
  • Classroom instruction and hands-on learning (You and your dog will be safe in your own training area, that is covered by barriers from the other dogs and people who are in their own covered training areas.
  • A training/treatment plan after each class, that is easy to follow at home (inside and outside) and can fit into your busy schedule.
  • An overall training toolbox (the collective information and learned techniques you will be taught over the 6 week program) that you will need to continue to guide your dog with her reactive recovery, going forward!