This class is not for dogs with human-directed aggression or extreme fear/anxiety.Wacol
The reactive dog class is a very structured environment, tailored to dogs who bark and lunge at other dogs when on-leash. It is not appropriate for dogs with human-directed aggression. Some of these dogs will play well with other dogs off-leash, and some are legitimately anti-social with other dogs. The goal of this class is to improve leash manners, not to address any off-leash behaviours. The class is structured around desensitising the dogs to the presence of other dogs, by keeping them “under threshold” (meaning no barking and lunging) and gradually increasing the exposure as they become more comfortable. The dogs are taught alternatives to barking and lunging, such as eye contact with their handler, using positive reinforcement. Please let us know if you have any further questions to determine if this is the correct class for you and your dog! We look forward to helping you reach you behaviour and training goals.
This course has given me the confidence to walk my dog again. I had given up on taking Zeus out for a walk altogether as he was so unmanageable, we can't thank you enough!
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