What is a Reactive Dog?
A reactive dog offers a behavior (reaction) to a situation without thinking first. In this class, your dog will learn to think first, assess the situation, and make good choices.
Your dog does not have to be Aggressive to benefit from this class. Dogs who are extremely social and are unable to control themselves when they see other dogs, people, children, also benefit from this course!
Do you have a dog that lunges, snarls, growls, or barks at other dogs or people?
Does your dog get soooooooo excited when seeing another dog that chaos ensues?
Learn to desensitize your dog to the things that overwhelm them, build focus and attention to you, and teach calm alternate behaviors.
Knowing the best choice for you and your dog in any given situation is the pathway to infinite success! You and your dog will learn how to happily handle any situation using proven and reliable handling techniques. You will build your own confidence, learn to remain calm, and work as a team with your dog.
Through easy to practice activities, your dog will develop impulse control and will begin to think before reacting.
Maximum 4 dogs. 2 Handlers max per dog and must be immediate family. Others can participate by registering as an Auditor.
What techniques do we use?
We use an array of training protocols to provide you with confidence in every situation. We use proven behavior modification techniques, all within the realm of positive reinforcement training, geared toward teaching the dog alternate behaviors, building confidence, and being calm in the presence of other dogs, persons, etc.
Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT)
A method for rehabilitating and preventing reactivity in dogs, BAT works by helping dogs learn socially acceptable ways to deal with the things that scare or upset them instead of barking, lunging, or snarling. BAT Empowers Dogs to choose calm behavior over undesired reactivity. BAT has proven success, is gentle, and is simple to execute.
Why Choose a CBATI?
Certified BAT Instructors (CBATI) are trainers and behaviorists with experience using BAT with clients for aggression, fear, and bullying. The certification process requires requires attendance of an intensive 2-day BAT Seminar and a 5-day BAT Instructor’s Course, case study, a written exam with essay questions, 200 hours of experience successfully training dogs using force-free training techniques, and a physical demonstration of skills, which are critiqued by Grisha Stewart and other certified trainers.
As a CBATI, Donna D. Savoie has coached students participating in the 5-Day BAT Instructor’s course and has trained other upcoming trainers to successfully work with reactive and fearful dogs using BAT.
What is an ACDBC?
Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultants (ACDBC) are required to demonstrate competency in six core areas including assessment and intervention strategies, consulting skills, knowledge of animal behavior, and species-specific knowledge. The job of an animal behavior consultant, is to help identify what is causing the problem, to develop an intervention plan to change the problem behavior, and to help the owners learn how to execute that plan. Not all dog trainers are animal behavior consultants and not all animal behavior consultants are dog trainers. Pack of Paws Reactive Dog Class Instructor, Donna D. Savoie, is Certified in both areas of expertise – behavior assessment AND dog training.
Our Reactive Dog Class is special in many ways!
First, SAFETY! We have outstanding safety protocols in place. Dogs are never endangered or pushed beyond their comfort level.
Second, each participant has his/her own trainer. This is equivalent to private lessons, but you’re in a group class setting.
Third, SUCCESS! If the lesson plan is followed, you WILL see amazing progress. You will have a dog that can think before they react to overwhelming stimulus. You will have the confidence to make good decisions when chaos ensues. You will develop a strong, lasting bond with your dog, and truly become a team!
Safety is our utmost priority during this class!
The Freedom Harness is currently the best and safest product on the market for working with and training any dog and in particular Reactive Dogs.
If you do not already use a Freedom Harness, you may choose to prepay for this item during registration, by choosing your size from the drop down below.
Prepaying for your harness will ensure that we have your size available when you arrive, as well as eliminate the time and inconvenience of having to pay at the training center.
Please leave your dog at home for Lesson #1 and Lesson #10.