Feisty Fido - Reactive dog Program

When out on a walk and you see another dog approaching, do you tense up-knowing that your pup is about to lose it? If barking, lunging, spinning and refusing to acknowledge your existence is your dog’s reaction- you’re not alone! These dogs are reactive. While typically not outright aggressive to all other dogs, on leash anxiety or frustration can cause an uncontrollable situation.

This program is designed you and your dog - you’ll both be students. You’ll learn management skills to get out of difficult situations, and the training skills for long term behavioral change. The dogs will have the opportunity to practice calm responses to other dogs in carefully controlled situations. We will help your dog learn self control, focus and that other dogs predict good things. Dogs will not greet/sniff with each other at anytime, we’re practicing skills for seeing and passing other dogs on leash.

To enroll, we will meet first for a Behavior Evaluation at the training field in Felton. Here we will discuss your dog’s history, learn foundations of behavior theories and learn/practice core skills. You’ll recieve an email with an outline of your dog’s behavior training plan, and summary of homework to practice.

Once you and your dog are comfortable with the skills needed to work calmly at a distance from a neutral dog in our individual sessions at the training field, we’ll meet and work out in the real world together.

For further practice join the Fiesty Fido Advanced training class. This is designed to be a comfortable place to practice your skills, attention and having fun while around other dogs at safe distance.

For long term, success, I highly reccomend a training package of multiple lessons. Training for calm instead of reactivity is like peeling layer of an onion, first working focus, then emotional responses, then obedience/communication, then relaxation. We have to go one step at a time, teaching both your dog what to do and you how to train and handle your dog though these new skills. Skipping or rushing a phase of learning can inhibit real behavior change.

The most effective way to change a behavior problem is to ensure your dog can stay calm and think though how to make better choices on their own. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast!

Reactive Dog Package: $325 (Includes Initial Behavior Consult, 1 folllow up session at our training field with a neutral dog, and 1 session out in the real world)

Reactive Dog Package Extra: $400 (Includes Initial Behavior Consult, 2 sessions at our training field with a neutral dog, and 1 session out in the real world)

Felton Feisty Fido Adv Group Class Next start date TBD Fridays 5pm 6 weeks, $200 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week. This class will be limted to 4 dog/handler teams.

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Ready to meet? Schedule a Behavior Evaluation here!