Dealing with On-Leash Reactive Behaviors

Help your reactive dog navigate the outside world

Léa Hernandez Léa Hernandez
Start: 01 Jun 2024
Next: TBA

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  • Duration: 6 weeks.
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Is your daily walk with your dog becoming a dreaded experience? Does your dog exhibit reactive behaviors such as growling, barking, or pulling when encountering other dogs, joggers, cyclists, or even passers-by? You’re certainly not alone. Managing leash-reactive behaviors can be a challenge, and at times, it can feel uncomfortable and unsafe for both you and your canine. But take heart, as there’s a way to address these issues and transform your walks into enjoyable experiences for both you and your dog. Welcome to the transformative journey with our expert, Lea.

 

Who Would Benefit from Taking This Course?

This comprehensive course is tailor-made for caregivers who grapple with the frustrations of leash reactivity. If your dog’s behavior has caused tension during walks or if you’ve felt embarrassed by their reactions, this course is designed to provide you with the tools, insights, and strategies necessary to regain control and restore harmony during your walks. Whether your dog’s reactions stem from fear, frustration, or any other trigger, this course will guide you in understanding and addressing these behaviors.

 

What Will You Learn from This Course:

  1. Observe and Analyze: Gain a deep understanding of your dog’s leash-reactive behaviors by learning how to observe and analyze their actions. Lea will help you decipher the underlying motivations behind these reactions, enabling you to address them effectively.
  2. Risk Management: Discover how to measure and minimize risks for you, your dog, and the surrounding environment during walks. Ensuring safety for all parties involved is paramount, and this course will provide you with strategies to navigate potentially tense situations.
  3. Behavior Management: Learn innovative techniques to manage challenging scenarios that the outside environment may impose on you and your dog during walks. By arming yourself with effective responses, you can reduce the triggers that lead to reactive behaviors.
  4. Counterconditioning and Desensitization: Begin a structured counterconditioning and desensitization protocol tailored to your dog’s specific triggers. Lea will guide you through the process of changing your dog’s negative associations with triggers and replacing them with positive ones.
  5. Progress Monitoring: As your dog advances through the protocol, learn how to gauge their progress and make necessary adjustments. Lea’s expertise will guide you in adapting the training to match your dog’s pace and needs.

 

Note: This course exclusively focuses on addressing leash reactivity while your dog is on a leash. Off-leash training for reactive dogs is not covered in this class.

 

Course Testimonials

Very interesting.

Thank for new tools.

Elodie Marx

October 6, 2023

Lessons:

  • Week 1 01 Jun 2024

    • Introduction

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson!…

    • Let’s start with some definitions..

      What are we talking about after all ? It’s quite difficult to define words like reactivity/aggressiveness…

    • You’re not alone..

      And it’s not your fault neither. Let’s talk about the other side of the leash :…

    • Observe & Analyze

      The main function of reactive behaviors such as barking, growling, pulling on the leash, etc. is…

    • Desensitization & Counter-conditioning

      Desensitization is based on a simple principle: no longer exposing the individual…

    • Put the odds on our side : Distant Antecedents

      Enough about what we’re going to do together later in the course. What can we do now? There are a…

  • Week 2 08 Jun 2024

    • Review of the equipment

      Before going out into the wild to modify our dog’s behavior, we need to prepare ourselves.

    • Choosing a muzzle & start to train

      If you have a dog who have bitten or attempted to bite, I strongly advised you to make him…

    • How to use your long line

      Using a long line is not something you can improvise. You’ll need to train and learn new…

  • Week 3 15 Jun 2024

    • Pull the rope

      This week, we’re starting a big chapter in this course. You’re going to begin training behaviors to help your dog…

    • U-turn

      This game can first be played freely in your garden or on a leash during your walks. The idea is…

    • Hop-O’-My-Thumb

      This game is useful for reinforcing the dog’s following skills, as well as helping us to…

    • A to B

      It’s not unusual for our dog to freeze, stare at the trigger and have trouble to…

  • Week 4 22 Jun 2024

    • How to choose the right set-up & partners

      Before you start to modify your dog’s behavior, there are a few final details to prepare. Choose…

    • Ready ? Mark !

      The next step is to choose a marker. It should be short…

    • Reinforcement Strategy

      I suggest you use 4 different ways to reinforce, to adapt as much as possible to…

    • The Big Bad Threshold

      We often hear this famous threshold referred to simply a fixed limit, a distance beyond which…

  • Week 5 29 Jun 2024

    • First Session on the field

      It’s time for your first practice session, and I’m going to help you build it. The…

    • Building some Alternative Behaviors

      During sessions, you can let the dog sniff and explore, making sure he’s always…

    • Collect data to win & generalization

      By collecting data, we will be able to adapt and, above all,…

    • How to deal with Regression & Plateau

      It’s important for me to prepare you for these two events, which are absolutely normal when…

  • Week 6 06 Jul 2024

    • Health, care & Medication talk

      Since I’ve specialized in helping families with dogs that produce intense reactive behaviors, I’ve never been so faced with dogs…

    • How to maintain progress over time ?

      Even if finding a new comfortable routine is important for you and your dog’s well-being, don’t forget that it’s necessary…

    • Should you meet the monster (or not) ?

      You don’t have to want your dog to be able to interact with his triggers again, especially if he doesn’t…

    • Outro

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers and…

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