Addressing Dog-Dog Leash Reactivity: A Practical Guide
Dog trainers, shelter/rescue workers and pet guardians are often confronted with a common behavior issue in pet dogs: leash reactivity. Many dogs bark and lunge at other dogs while on-leash, but play well with other dogs while off-leash. Some reactive dogs have never been given the opportunity for off-leash interactions with members of their own species, due to their owners\' fear that they are not candidates for off-leash play. Others may be truly fearful or intolerant of other dogs.
This one-day seminar will layout the genetic and environmental underpinnings for dog-dog reactivity, discuss the underlying causation and provide protocols for modifying the behavior.
Adaptive significance of dog-dog reactivity
Understanding the underlying causation: frustration and negative emotional responses
Reading dog body language
Decreasing stress for dogs and their people
Technique choices: operant conditioning vs. classical conditioning
Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible behavior (DRI)
Games for reactive dogs: Find-It, Turn-and-Go, Hand-Targeting, Look-at-That
Using the Play Parameter for dogs who are hyper-motivated to greet other dogs
Using the Open Bar/Closed Bar technique for upset dogs
This information-packed seminar includes training plans, class design examples and demonstrations of techniques with live dogs. You will also learn how to assess dog reactivity and determine which techniques are most effective for the particular dog you are working with. Professional dog trainers, shelter/rescue workers and dog owners will all gain a better understanding of what drives dog-dog reactivity, how to identify a dog's triggers, how to read dog body language and best practices for addressing and modifying the behavior.