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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 training, your dog should be responding to the...

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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. But… you see another dog coming up behind...

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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 adjustment to your training. 

 

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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 keep them safe, and to allow them the freedom and...

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How to Train your Dog to Participate in Harnessing, Happily! (Part 2) fearful dogs Aug 25, 2020

Last week we brought you Part 1 of an example harness training plan. In that first part of the plan, you trained your dog to put their head into the harness on their own. 

 

 This week, we show you the rest of the...

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How to Train your Dog to Participate in Harnessing, Happily! (Part 1) fearful dogs Aug 24, 2020

Last week we showed you how to use treats to introduce your dog to a harness.  But if you have a sensitive dog, a few treats might not be enough to distract them while you put the harness on. If this describes your...

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How to Introduce Your Dog to a New Harness fearful dogs Aug 17, 2020

You’ve bought a new harness for your dog.  What next?  If you’re like most people, you try it on your dog to see if it fits.  

 

But, you might have learned the hard way that just putting a new harness on your...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs : Putting it All Together reactive dogs Aug 10, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of barking at other dogs, your reactive dog would turn and move away with you?  In this post we’re putting all of the “Let’s go!” training for reactive dogs together in...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 4) reactive dogs Aug 03, 2020

 Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final part of the “Let’s go!” training series for reactive dogs.   In Part 1, we started to build a “Let’s go” behavior on cue...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 3) reactive dogs Jul 27, 2020

Welcome to Part 3 of the “Let’s go!” training series for reactive dogs.  The purpose of this training is to teach your dog to move away from distractions, including dogs, on cue.  

 

In Part...

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Teaching “Let’s go!” for Reactive Dogs (Part 2) reactive dogs Jul 20, 2020

Last week, we started to build a “Let’s go” behavior on cue. The idea is that your dog will turn and move with you, without you having to tug on the leash.

In the first steps of this training, you worked indoors. This...

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