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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 4: Training Around Triggers fearful dogs reactive dogs Aug 23, 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 Aug 23, 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 Aug 23, 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 Aug 23, 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 stuck with your reactive dog training, we’ve got a ...

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Walking Dogs Together When One is Reactive Part 1: Dog Skills fearful dogs reactive dogs Aug 23, 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 Aug 23, 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 Aug 23, 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 Aug 23, 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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Getting People to Follow Instructions Around Your Fearful Dog fearful dogs reactive dogs Aug 23, 2021

Do you have trouble getting your family or friends to follow instructions around your fearful dog?  

Last week we talked about human behaviors that are scary to fearful dogs.  Staring directly at a fearful dog,...

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My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated Part 2: Human Behavior fearful dogs reactive dogs Aug 23, 2021

Do you have a fearful dog who isn’t food motivated?  If your dog won’t eat treats around new people, there are changes to your training setup, including to the behavior of the humans involved, that can help. 

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My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated! fearful dogs reactive dogs Aug 23, 2021

You want to use positive reinforcement to train your fearful or reactive dog to behave better around unfamiliar people.  But, your dog isn’t food motivated!  They won’t eat when people are around.   What to...

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Should you ask your vet about behavior medication for your dog? fearful dogs reactive dogs Aug 23, 2021

Have you asked your vet about behavior medication for your fearful, aggressive, or reactive dog? If not, why not? 

Or have you tried one, two, or more medications and given up, deciding that meds won’t help your dog? 

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