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Car Training Part 3: On the Road fearful dogs reactive dogs Oct 19, 2021

Does your dog struggle with riding in the car? In Part 3 of our 3-part series on car training, I discuss how to train your dog so you both have more pleasant car rides. The video features more of our dog Pancake's journey , so...

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Car Training Part 2: Loading Up fearful dogs reactive dogs Oct 12, 2021

Does your dog hate to get in the car? In Part 2 of our 3-part series on car training, I talk about training a dog to get into the car, by breaking the behavior down into small steps. The video features our dog Pancake's training, so you...

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Car Training Part 1: Before You Hit The Road fearful dogs reactive dogs Oct 05, 2021

Does your dog absolutely HATE the car? In this week's video, I talk about measures dog parents can take BEFORE a car ride that might make the ride more pleasant for their dog. Our dog Pancake stars in the video again this week- check out what...

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Mat Training: Adding Distractions fearful dogs reactive dogs Sep 28, 2021

In this week's video, I show you how to teach your dog to stay on their mat around distractions. This is the follow up to last week's Beginning Mat Training video.  Be sure to complete last week's training before...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 4: Training Around Triggers fearful dogs reactive dogs Jun 15, 2021

Many of you have asked how to start walking your reactive dog with your other dog(s), after you’ve done some training with your reactive pup on their own.  In Part 1 of this series, you learned how to start teaching...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 3: Handling Two Leashes reactive dogs Jun 08, 2021

Walking two dogs together when one is reactive can be a challenge.  In Part 1 of this series, we covered training steps you can practice out on walks when you have two people to work with, one to handle each dog. In ...

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Answers to Your Reactive Dog Training Questions fearful dogs reactive dogs May 25, 2021

We asked those of you in our free Facebook support group for your top questions about training your reactive dog, and you were happy to help!  So this week we have an assorted collection of topics, from how often to train,...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 2: Wait for Treats fearful dogs reactive dogs May 18, 2021

You’ve been been working hard with your reactive dog, and you think you’re ready to try walking them with your second dog. Congrats!  (If you're not there yet, check out our online, self-paced course for...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 1: Dog Skills fearful dogs reactive dogs May 11, 2021

The students in our online reactive dog program, the Reactive Dog Survival Guide, often have more than one dog at home. Once their reactive dog has improved on walks, a common question is, “Can I walk my dogs...

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Treats aren’t working! Part 2: Rewarding “Bad” Behavior fearful dogs reactive dogs May 04, 2021

Last week we talked about one reason your training with treats might not be working.  Your dog can be motivated to work for treats,  and to bark and growl to make something go away, at the same time!

This week, we’re...

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Treats aren’t working! Part 1: Competing motivations fearful dogs reactive dogs Apr 27, 2021

Recently we talked about what to do if your dog won’t eat treats in training sessions.  But what if your dog WILL eat, but treats aren’t working to change their behavior? If your dog responds to cues and...

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Hiking With Your Fearful or Reactive Dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Apr 20, 2021

Do you dream of relaxing hikes with your reactive dog, but you’re not sure if it’s in the cards?  In this week’s video we talked about how to tell if your reactive or fearful dog is ready to start hiking with...

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