Managing a Reactive Dog

January 25 – March 7, 2020
Saturdays at 2:15 p.m.

Instructor: Alisha Fritz

Managing a Reactive Dog is an entry-level course for dogs who frantically growl, bark and lunge at dogs, people, or moving objects while out on walks.  We will complete exercises designed to address the root cause of reactivity: the emotional state of the dog.  We will also complete exercises that help the dog have better focus on his or her guardian and teach behaviors other than reacting. These exercises are designed for everyday dog guardians who are not professional trainers. Our goal is to help you maintain better control of your companion.

This is a very structured class where all dogs start off with their own enclosed training space and are slowly introduced to the sight of other dogs and people.

We will not cover how to introduce your dog to new animals or people.

As a matter of safety, all guardians must be able to fully control their dogs on leash both in our building and in the parking lots. The dogs are not expected to be perfectly behaved or have previous training, but guardians who cannot appropriately manage their dogs may not be able to remain in class.

If you have any questions regarding whether this class is right for you and your dog, please call Gail Bird Necklace at 804-521-1332. 

All dogs must be 6 months or older and current on vaccinations. Spaying or neutering strongly recommended.

Seven-week, one-hour class in Smoky’s Training Center. The first class is for people only.

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