There are many dog owners across the UK that share their homes with a Reactive Dog. A dog that can react by lunging, growling, barking, snapping or even biting certain stimulus whether that be dogs, other animals or even people.The owners and people in these dogs' lives have to learn to deal with their dog's reactivity, learn to read their dog's body language, help come up with a training plan to combat the reactivity and also cope with hundreds of potential triggers when out walking. Briefly, there could be many reasons why a dog starts to exhibit signs of reactivity. Many people assume that it is the owner's fault that the dog is acting the way that it is. In fact, there are many reasons; the dog could have been attacked previously by other dogs, under socialised, been mistreated or attacked by previous owners, even gone through a trauma or scary situation that is now triggered by certain stimulus. However this article is not about the causes of a dog's reactions but more how the people observing can affect the owner's attitude and even the dog's training. Owning a reactive dog can be frustrating. Dogs, similar to us, can have good and bad days. Suddenly now, when you are out walking you are considering every possible scenario and every possible escape route.
- "What if another dog comes around that corner?"
- "Is that lady and her dog walking this way?"
Jayde Davey M.ISAP CTDI Jayde Davey M.ISAP CTDI - I am an aspiring dog trainer, supporting positive reinforcement methods. I currently am studying an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and have just passed my test to become a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. I have my own blogsite with connected social media and I also run a Facebook Dog Trick group where I help people to teach their dog lots of fun tricks. I am a member of ISAP or the International Society for Animal Professionals and also have a diploma in small animal care. I own a deaf Dalmatian called Logan who I do most of my training with; he knows lots of tricks like take my socks off, fetch my a tissue and wipe your feet but I also regularly work with a miniature poodle, a cocker spaniel, a jack Russell and a border collie. I one day hope to become a professional dog trainer. Links: Blog site: www.blogthatdog.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blog-That-Dog/874050032660267 Twitter: https://twitter.com/blogthatdog93 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUYnyDb1wX-mvtezZq_GWzw