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Dealing with Car Barking reactive dogs Jan 18, 2021

Few things are as irritating and anxiety-producing as your dog barking right behind your head as you try to drive your car.  If you are the parent of a dog who is also reactive on their walks, this adds to your already considerable stress...

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Training Games for Dogs: Arriving in New Places reactive dogs Jan 12, 2021

If you have a fearful or reactive dog, you might dread going to new places with your pup.  You brace yourself for the inevitable barking, lunging, or maybe panicking and trying to flee. It makes the whole experience so stressful for...

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Front Door Training Games for Dogs Who Bolt or Balk fearful dogs reactive dogs Jan 05, 2021

One of the most common training frustrations you’ve told us about is the contrast in your dog’s behavior between indoors and outdoors. Your dog can do all of their tricks at home, but the second you step out the door, all bets are...

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Holiday peace for you and your dog reactive dogs Dec 22, 2020

Well, it’s really been a year, hasn’t it? You’re stuck at home with a dog who has grown increasingly fearful or reactive as the lockdown stretches on.  Being a problem-solver, you tried to find quieter places to...

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Training Reactive Dogs Around “Triggers” reactive dogs Dec 15, 2020

Does your dog behave well on walks- until they see another dog, a skateboarder, a jogger, or a squirrel? And then they kindly draw the neighborhood’s attention to you with a variety of gremlin-like sounds, lunging, and flashing...

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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 common problem when training reactive dogs on walks....

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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 means, “Put your nose down and...

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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 relief. The holidays are fraught with danger as far...

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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 walking your reactive dog, and they start to lunge...

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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 easier to manage your dog if he lunges.

 

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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 your dog’s behavior stresses you out! These...

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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 you didn’t have to walk your reactive dog?...

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