Whatever therapeutic approach you pick for dealing with reactive, fearful, stressed, or aggressive dogs, helping your clients actually avoid rehearsal of those issues is paramount. Most people are working at stopping the display of undesirable behaviors while they’re happening, but the best way to do this is to practice all the skills they’ll need out of context! Reactive dogs need to work cooperatively with their owners to move past triggers and to keep connected when being triggered, and there are foundational skills that every trainer needs to have their clients master.
- Magnet walking, and why that’s not the same as luring
- Speed changes and preparing dogs for keeping up with owners’ movement decisions
- Treasure hunts – a specific kind of find it!
- Send to mat – with quick releases to raise the fun!
- Quick sits, jumping hand touches, and perching!
We will also discuss the importance of practicing with urgency, the skill of feeling where the dog is rather than watching him, knowing when to manage, and which environments support the well-managed dogs and which set owners up to fail!