02 Aug Reactive Dog Resources
Every reactive dog can tremendously benefit from some basic training. A good Sit-Stay can be implemented while another dog walks by. A Down offers excellent control for a number of situations. So for the basics, I recommend the following books:
- The Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller
- Click to Calm by Emma Parsons
- Click for Joy by Melissa Alexander
- Patricia McConnell’s books
- Jean Donaldson’s books and dvd’s
- and anything by Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor,
Should you take your reactive dog to a group class?
Only if the instructor allows it and has worked with reactive dogs before. I’ve had reactive dogs in my class and I have them working in a separate section where they feel safe. There’s no benefit for a reactive dog to be in a class where they are going to practice their bad behaviours. If the trainer does not use reward-based training, do not even consider it.
Here is an excellent resource for owners with reactive dogs
This wraps up my month of intro to reactive dog training. July was a busy month and I didn’t get to write as many posts as I would have liked. It’s a huge subject and this is just a start but I hope it helps.