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Bridging the Gap: Training Your Reactive Dog at Home vs. on Walks reactive dogs Dec 08, 2020

Do you have a reactive dog who is a perfect angel at home, but seems to lose all sense of hearing or ability to pay attention to you, as soon as you step out the front door? This is a...

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“Find it!” for Reactive Dogs: First Training Steps reactive dogs Nov 24, 2020

“Find it!” for reactive dogs is one of our favorite skills to teach. It’s easy for most dogs to learn, and easy for dog parents to train. “Find it!” just...

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Five Holiday Pitfalls to Avoid with Your Fearful Dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Nov 16, 2020

This year, many of us will be missing out on family gatherings over the holidays. While this might be disappointing for us, fearful and reactive dogs everywhere are breathing a sigh of...

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Walking your reactive dog: Getting out of trouble reactive dogs Nov 06, 2020

Each week in our Facebook group for parents of fearful and reactive dogs, we host a Facebook live Q&A session. A few months ago we talked about what to do when you’re...

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Gear for Walking Reactive Dogs fearful dogs reactive dogs Oct 26, 2020

What gear do you use for walking your reactive dog? Could you use some upgrades? The right equipment should be comfortable for your dog, and for you, to use, be secure, sturdy, and make it...

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Alternatives to walking your fearful or reactive dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Oct 18, 2020

There are many reasons you might decide not to walk your dog. Maybe the weather or air quality is bad. Maybe your dog is fearful and hates walks. Or… maybe YOU hate walks, because...

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You don’t have to walk your reactive dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Oct 12, 2020

Most of us want, or feel the need, to walk our dogs. It’s what dogs and people do together, after all. It’s probably what you had in mind when you got a dog.  But what if...

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“Find it” Training for Reactive Dogs Part 2: Taking it on the Road fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 27, 2020

Last week we showed you how to begin training your reactive dog to “Find it!” (that is, find tossed treats) in the house and back yard.  After Part 1 of this...

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“Find it” Training for Reactive Dogs Part 1 fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 21, 2020

You’re walking down the street with your reactive dog, when you see another dog appear ahead of you.  “No problem,” you think, and you turn to walk the other way....

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Training Your Dog to Come When Called: Common Mistakes fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 14, 2020

Have you worked hard to train your dog to come when called, only to have them ignore you if they don’t see treats in your hand? This is a common problem you can fix with just a small...

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Coming when Called: Supercharge your cue fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 07, 2020

Does your dog come when you call? Maybe sometimes, if there aren’t too many distractions? 

 

Coming when called is a critical behavior for pet dogs. Dogs need a strong recall to...

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