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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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“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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