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!