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Reactive Dog Class


Reactive Dog Class: Help for Your Feisty Fido

In this class we will show you how to change your dog's reactive behavior. You will learn to lower stress, build calmness and attention, train alternate behaviors to reactivity or over arousal, reinforce the absence of reactivity and most importantly build your dog's confidence and trust in you.

Is this class right for your dog? Click here to find out.
Note: Please read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions. There are no refunds or credits once class has begun.


CLASSES:

Upcoming Classes

--Tuesday, February 3, 2015
(Ends 3/17/15. No class 2/17/15.)


Continuing Classes:

--Tuesday, October 21, 2014
(Ends 12/2/14. No class 11/11/14.)


Starting time of each one-hour class (register for one):

Session A: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Time exceptions: Class #1 (seminar) is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and #6 (graduation) is from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Register!

Session B: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register!
Time exceptions: Class #1 (seminar) is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and #6 (graduation) is from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Fee for a working spot with your dog:

$225 per dog for 6-week course (both spouses may attend). To register, click here.

You may also attend just the seminar, or audit the class without your dog (see details below.) This is also the best way to potentially get a spot if all of the working spots are full.

Course Instructor: Dr. Lisa Radosta, board certified veterinary behaviorist.
Assistant Instructors: Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA. Also assisting will be one of Dr. Radosta's behavior nurses.


CLICK HERE to find out what to bring to the Reactive Dog class.

CLICK HERE for the Behavior Questionnaire. After you register you will need to return this to us as soon as possible.

Important Scheduling Info:
-- The first night of class is a seminar from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for both groups and is for humans particpants only (no dogs in this initial class).

-- The last night of class is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for both groups. This class, for all owners and dogs, will be held off-site at Abacoa in Jupiter.

Class Size: Working spots are limited to 7 dogs per class so don't wait to register. Unlimited auditing spots (observe wihout your dog; see details below).

Attending the Seminar Only
You may register to attend just the seminar that is given on the first night of class from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (This seminar is included with registrations for working or auditing spots.) You will learn about reasons for reactivity, gain a better understanding of your dog's body language so you will have critical information about his emotional state of mind, and be introduced to some of the tools and techniques we will use to manage your dog's reactivity. (You can register to audit if you want to be on the waiting list for a working spot. Occasionally, there are withdrawals due to unforeseen cirmcumstances after the first class.)
Fee for seminar only: $45 per person
Register for Seminar Only

Auditing The Course (without your dog)
You may register to attend the 6-week class without your dog and observe the class. This also includes the first night's seminar.
Fee to audit: $125 per auditor (one fee for both spouses)
Register To Audit Class

What is a Reactive Dog? (Is this class right for your dog?)

Reactive dogs are not hard to spot. While on leash your feisty fidos may lunge at people or dogs that get too close. They may also bark loudly, and/or growl and some may even try to bite anyone foolish enough to get close.The reactive dog can appear threatening to other people as he or she jumps, barks and stares. Reactive dogs tend to stress out their embarrassed owners as these owners try to keep passersby safe from their intimidating or noisy best friend. This aggression is 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. This very special class will help you change or manage your dog that overreacts in new situations or with new people or other dogs while on leash. Your feisty Fido will learn how to feel more confident and comfortable in different situations and around other dogs and will gain more trust in you. We will work to change your dog's problem behaviors and replace them with more appropriate behaviors. You will have new skills to utilize in these once-stressful situations and you will relax as well knowing what to do and how to avoid or manage the triggers that were once unpredictable. You will learn to read your dog and communicate on a different level.

In the Reactive Dog class you will:

• Acquire the tools you need to understand and handle your dog with confidence.

• Learn what your leash-reactive dog is doing, why he's doing it, and how to change it.

• Teach your dog to relax and trust and overcome fear and anxiety, the root of his or her reactivity.

• Develop a better working relationship with your dog.

• Learn how to decrease the stress in your dog and teach him or her confidence and focus. With decreased stress real learning can begin.

• Learn calming and management techniques, coping responses, and emergency escape exercises.

• Work with your dog in a controlled, supportive environment with a small group of dog owners who understand your issues because they share them.

In class, the dogs will be separated from each other by the use of visual barriers. Slowly, as you gain skills and your dog gains confidence and starts to shed fears, the individual dogs will begin to work together from a decreasing distance. The counter-conditioning and desensitization training and handling techniques are personalized for each dog's emotional readiness and needs.

The Reactive Dog class is initially held indoors. As the dogs and owners gain skills we move to a secure, fenced area outside and finally graduate to a real-life environment.

This is a 6-week class. The initial class is for owners only (no dogs). Sign up for a working spot or just audit (observe) the class.

Who is this class NOT appropriate for?

All of the behaviors listed below are best handled in a private session; they are not addressed in this class. Please contact us if you are not sure if this is the right class for your dog's issues. There are no refunds once the class begins.

• Dogs whose only issue is guarding resources such as their food dish or toys.

• Dogs that jump on people in a friendly manner. We can address that issue in a private lesson. That is not fear-based reactivity.

• Dogs who are primarily scared of noises.

• Dogs who fight with the other dog(s) in their household but are fine with dogs outside the home.

• Dogs who have bitten a person. Dr. Radosta must do a private consultation before admitting your dog into the Reactive Dog class.

• Dogs who are only a problem to visitors inside the home but aren't a problem on leash to people outside the home.

• Dogs whose problems are not primarily due to leash reactivity. This class is designed to modify the behavior of dogs that react while on the leash.

Notes about equipment:

You will be required to bring (or rent) a crate for classes 2 and 3. A crate is an important place to keep your pet secure when he or she is not working, as well as a place for your dog to rest and process information. Ask us for our crate training handout if your dog is not familiar with being crated. (Feeling comfortable in a crate is a gift you teach your dog to prepare for travel or boarding, visits to the groomer or unexpected stays at your veterinarian.) Feel free to contact us with questions. See below about the option to rent a crate for the two days it's needed.

Your dog will not be permitted to wear either a pinch or choke collar in class. The first night with dogs (2nd night of class) your dog's equipment will be evaluated to ensure that you have adequate control over your dog and she will not be able to get out of the equipment she is wearing. Suitable equipment may include (after Dr. Radosta's evaluation and recommendation) a martingale (limited slip) or regular collar; a harness (regular or the more typically recommended control harness (such as the Easy Walk, Freedom, or Sensible); a head collar (such as a Gentle Leader or Halti). Bring what you have so that we can check the fit; or purchase the recommended equipment when you arrive. A regular leash is also required; no retractable leashes are permitted.

Crate Rental: Don't have a crate or don't want to shlep it? Crate rentals are available at $15 per night. Your crate will be set up, clean, and ready for you when you arrive. Please make advance arrangements; there are a limited number of crates for rent. (Want to make your dog more comfortable being in a crate? Set up a private lesson to work on this issue.)

Testimonial

Results from this class, of course, will vary due to a number of factors such as the severity of the presenting behavioral problem and the dedication of the owner to consistently practice the exercises taught in the class. Here is what some graduates had to say about the Reactive Dog class:

"What a great experience it has been for Titus and I to participate in this course--actually life-changing! I feel so much more confident in dealing with situations that used to petrify me!!"

"You are very special. Your expertise, professionalism and dedication is so evident!"

"It has been a year now since Bear and I came to Lucky Dog for our private lessons and then participated in the reactive dog class. I just wanted to say Thank You! While I don't think he will ever be completely over his reaction to other dogs, I can at least walk him without too much of an issue when we do run into other dogs. My ability to handle him at home is much better as well. I am never without a treat. Applying the things I learned over the past year has really helped make our "relationship" much better."

"Just sending a quick note to thank you again for helping us learn how to help Luna in Reactive Dog class. Last night at Abacoa with the other dogs made me realize how far Luna has come in just 6 weeks. I can't say I wasn't nervous the whole time since she was closer to other dogs than we usually let her get on leash, but I was pleasantly surprised and extremely proud of her. We will definitely keep practicing and I know that she will only get better and better."

Image Information for photos, below:
Top two images, below: Dogs initially work behind visual barriers and then come out with supervision and instruction to practice new skills.
Bottom image: Graduation night! The dogs are comfortable being near one another and walking together in a real-life situation.
(Click on this last photo to see the video, Last Night of Reactive Dog Class, on our YouTube page.)

Dogs initially work behind visual barriers and then come out with supervision and instruction 



Click on picture, above, to watch video of graduation night.


Information for Working Spots (see above for Auditing the class or attending the seminar only):

 Fee: $225.00 for a working spot

 Class Length: 6 - 1 hour sessions

 Class Size: up to 7 dogs


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