Reactive Dogs

In addition to our behavioural consultation service, we also offer 'Reactive Dog' courses for those dogs that have issues around other dogs.

This course is a four lesson course, which uses force-free, reward based desensitisation and counterconditioning to help your dog feel more confident around other dogs. We aim to keep the course as stress free as possible with screen in place to avoid contact and fences between dogs as needed.

On the course you will learn how to avoid reactive moments on walks, tell when your dog is getting uncomfortable and change your dogs underlying emotion when he sees another dog.

  • Lesson 1 - Distraction techniques, understanding your dogs body language and work your dog with stuffie dogs.
  • Lesson 2 - Begin to work your dog with real dogs.
  • Lesson 3 - Group walk to put what you have learned into practise.
  • Lesson 4 - Group walk with your classmates and previous graduates.

Dogs are generally reactive towards other dogs either through fear or through frustration. Reactivity can also be learned or due to a medical issue. It is important that we assess your dog prior to the Reactive Dog course in order to be sure the course will meet your needs. Severely reactive dogs, or dogs with other issues as well as reactive behaviour around other dogs may benefit from a behaviour consultation before joining this course.

A referral from your vet is required to join this course - this helps us rule out underlying medical issues as a cause of your dogs reactivity.

The course cost is £150. There are a maximum of 4 places on each course. Please note this course is held outdoors.

After the course you will be invited to join our reactive dog graduates group on Facebook, this allows you to meet up with other owners and their reactive dogs on walks to help with your dogs progress. Via this group you can access further training sessions and our RD agility group.

Our week four walks may or may not include recent graduates, depending on covid restrictions and graduate availability. 

Our next available course starts April 2023.

Bouncy Dogs: Please note, we also run a group for dogs that react less strongly to other dogs, and in a friendly manner. Please ask if you think this group might be more appropriate.

Please email for more info or to book.

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