Reactive and Aggressive Behaviour
Living with a reactive or aggressive dog is really hard. It can be exhausting and depressing to just think of going for a walk or having guests at home. You have to plan your every move, it feels like a military operation to exercise your dog properly. With reactive dogs some days are better and give you hope but some days are awful and you feel totally discouraged.
The fact is that your dog feels the same. He is not giving you a hard time and having fun in the process. He is not trying to take over the world either. He's stressed, scared, hyper aroused and on edge all the time, he is going through a very hard time himself.
If you combine your state of mind, your hyper vigilance, stress and quite possible embarrassment with his fear, arousal and frustration, the results are not great, are they? The results are exactly why you are now reading this page.
Luckily for you and your dog, it doesn't have to be like that. You can have your sweet dog back or you can help the one you just adopted. Reactivity is an expression of the emotional state of the dog, that's what dogs do to get out of a dodgy situation, they bark, scream, lunge forward and snarl. If this doesn't work, they bite.
It's their way of communicating how they feel so the other dog or a person goes away and leaves them alone. So our role, yours as the dog's owner, and mine as the consultant, is to make them feel better, more confident and even happy in situations that caused them fear and stress before.
Your dog doesn't want to fear and attack every dog they see or every person that comes to your house. They don't want to defend your place from your nephew or a friendly neighbour but at the moment they have no other choice, no other skill to use. They need to build their repertoire of acceptable behaviours to use, alongside desensitizing to their triggers so they see them as neutral or even positive.
This is what you can expect when you book a consultation with me. No quick fixes which fall apart under pressure. We are after long lasting results, a complete change in your dog's mind and his responses in the real world. And just as important a change in your feelings and your confidence level so you can once again enjoy your walks and invite your friends.
The initial session is 1.5 hours long and covers theory and practical exercises. We'll talk about canine body language, handler behaviour and leash handling skills, discuss all possible causes of your dog's behaviour and more. Then we'll decide which skills are lacking and we will start teaching them right away.
To deal with reactive behaviour effectively I've created a multi-modal course for you. I no longer offer single sessions, they prove to be insufficient to tackle this complex and exhausting issue.
Reactivity programme is a 12 weeks course and includes 6 x 1-2-1 session, access to a private Facebook group, online academy and unlimited e-mail and phone support. Cost: £450 (payable in 3 x £150 monthly instalments).
To book your programme or just get more information, phone 07593 032 280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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