Dog to dog aggression is a very common challenge among dog owners. Most dog aggression or reactivity is due to fear probably caused from improper socializing or from a bad experience with another dog. The reactive dog learns to use aggression to make another dog go away in order to protect themselves. With repeated experience the reactive dog learns that aggressive behaviour works because the dog walks away.
Amber will work with the owner one on one and dog over three, one hour sessions. Amber will guide the owner in teaching their dog how to focus or perform a behaviour using positive reinforcement. Their dog will eventually learn to focus on the owner instead of being reactive. Amber will use non-reactive dogs in the one on one sessions to help re-teach the reactive client dog how to cope in the presence of other dogs. With the proper approach using desensitizing and counter conditioning, the reactive dog will learn that not all dogs are out to harm them. This approach allows the reactive dog to not be overwhelmed in a confined group class environment.
Instructor: Amber Cottle, Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist