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Reactive Dogs

What is a Reactive Dog and why are they reactive?

  • While on leash your dog may lunge at people or dogs that get too close.
  • They may also bark loudly, and/or growl and some may even try to turn and bite you or the object coming at them.

If this sounds familiar, then you have a reactive dog.

Reactive dogs tend to stress out and embarrass owners as they try to keep passersby safe from their intimidating or noisy best friend. This aggression is most often fear based and this behavior is called reactivity. On the other end of the spectrum is the dog that’s too afraid to go anywhere and will hide, tremble, or whine. If your dog can’t calm down within a few seconds, he or she is probably a reactive dog.

There is no longer a need to feel lost or confused when your dog becomes reactive. Our specialized training programs will help you change or manage your dog that overreacts in new situations or with new people or other dogs while on leash.

We have been rehabilitating reactive dogs with aggressive behavior for over 20 years. Most often aggressive behaviors have a purpose for the dog and is typically a defensive reaction. We help you find out why the dog is responding in that way, and work with you to design a customized training and learning plan to help you reach your goals!

Call us today @ 239-400-3615

We are always learning, as well as our canine friends. We continuously review, grow and expand our programs.

This is our current process:

1. Do a Behavioral Assessment and Evaluation

The purpose of the Behavior Assessment is to identify the exact elements which need to be addressed in your dog’s unique circumstances so that you may finally understand the sources of their behavior and take the appropriate steps towards a resolution.

2. Rule out medical

We strongly recommend taking your dog to your veterinarian for a thorough exam. If you think the aggression came on suddenly then it could be medically related. They may do a blood panel, have thyroid checked and or order x/rays to check hips and joints.

3. Create a management strategy

Safety is a major priority when working and living with a reactive dog. Safety concerns are for ALL that are involved; you, family members, strangers, your dog, other pets, trainers, etc.

4.  Develop the training and teaching plan

Depending on your dog, you have different options regarding training programs:

     A. Day Training Package you leave your dog with us each day and pick up in the evenings.

     B. In Home Training Package. We meet weekly, working with you and your dog, and leaving you with daily homework until our next session.

     C. Group class We have group classes designed with exercises to work with reactive dogs in mind. This will allow them to be in a public setting and apply their skills out in a new environment.