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 (this session is 1.5 hrs/$150) at the training field in Felton. Here we will discuss your dog’s history, ensure a group class is the correct setting for further training for your dog, learn foundations of behavior theories and practice core skills around a neutral dog. 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 other dogs in our individual sessions, they can join in one of the group Feisty Fido classes.

Class size is limited to 6 dogs.

San Jose location: Fetch Sam 342 Race st San Jose (indoor 7000sq ft agility facility with plenty of space and matted floors. This class is taught by KC, who has helped develop andt each the class from it’s beginning.      

Feisty Fido Beginning Sundays 6pm 6 weeks $240 Start this class anytime your dog is ready to join the group after at least 1 individual lesson.

Feisty Fido Advanced Sundays 7:15pm 6 weeks $240 Start this class anytime! Inquire to confirm there is space.

Felton Field location:     

Felton Feisty Fido Adv (Taught by Heather)

March 31st Fridays 5pm 6 weeks, $200 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week. This class will be limted to 4 dog/handler teams.

This class is for dogs who have been working in individual lessons already, and are ready to integrate to working in a small group of other dogs.  We'll emphasize attention, obedience skills, games, some agility skills, confidence building, etc.