“What the Bark?” Dealing with a Trouble Dog in Your Group Classes


Your new students all arrive to class and you are beaming. What a great session you’ll all have! You’re so happy to be working with them and to see their team grow. And then your last student enters with their dog. As soon as it sees the other canines, the barking starts. The dog’s hair is high up, the ears are alert, the mouth is tense, she’s lunging at the end of her leash. Your students greets you. “She’s always like this. That’s why we wanted to come to class. To socialize so she sees other dogs!” They smile in their innocence … and you’re not quite sure how to answer.
Imagine instead knowing exactly how to screen trouble dogs when clients enroll in class. Or, if you get surprised by one, knowing how to manage them, how to equip your clients with the best tools and how to help them blossom and gain confidence as the class continues.
In all my years as a teacher, I had some of my most fun, entertaining and rewarding groups with reactive dogs in class. I’ve taught to teen dogs, I’ve taught to anxious dogs, I’ve taught to owners who had no idea what they were getting into and to owners that came fully prepared to do the very best for their dogs. Handling trouble dogs in class is a skill that can be acquired. And I’ll help you fast track that process!


  • Trouble dogs, who are they? What should you allow or not in class?
  • Spotting the trouble dogs during assessment: what your client won’t tell you
  • Preparing the trouble dog for class
  • Oopsie, we’ve got trouble: finding out on the spot you have a trouble dog
  • Management tools for the handler for a trouble dog
  • When and how to kick someone out of class
  • Other questions? Homework and quiz!
  • Goodbye

Section 8: Electives

Scheduled to run

Jan. 12, 2020


Eve Laforest


Approved IAABC CEUs


Approved CCPDT CEUs