Tag: reactive dogs

A reactive German Shepherd dog growling on a grassy field.

Regressions are normal. You’ve likely heard this before and you’ll hear it again.

When changing behaviour, there are no guarantees. Nothing is written in stone, nothing is 100% predictable. You might change one behaviour and another one pops up, like a game of whack-a-mole at the carnival.

It’s discouraging, no doubt. We trainers are used to it and we’ve even come to expect it.

We run multiple reactive dog classes every week, and even more private cases focusing on modifying reactivity. Every trainer we have on staff has (or has had in the past) a reactive dog. We feel your pain more than you can imagine. We have been in your shoes so many times.

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Finn and Molly in front of a Christmas tree.

We love sharing success stories with you! Let’s take a look at Finn – a potcake who came to us in 2015 after being adopted by two active, fantastic humans. Finn is a rescue dog who was showing signs of reactivity toward people and some dogs. We worked together for seven private lessons where we used good ol’ science to change his emotional response.

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