My Pet is a Jerk: Reactive Dog Edition!

My pet is a jerk! Reactive Dog edition

Owning a reactive dog can be challenging, especially when it comes to managing your reactive dog in public. While it can be tempting to refer to reactive behaviours as your dog being a ‘jerk’, reactivity is more complex.

Think for a moment about all of the people in your life. Some of them may be social butterflies, able to get along with just about anyone while others may be more selective in their friendships. Just like humans, dogs have individual preferences when it comes to interacting with other canines. These preferences are shaped by the dog’s breed, early life experiences, socialization and living conditions. Some dogs might thrive at the dog park, eager to meet any fellow canine while other dogs may prefer the company of humans and wish to avoid other dogs altogether. Unfortunately, we often forget these individual differences in canine personalities and expect that all dogs should get along at all times.

Reactivity is a complex behaviour and requires more information than we can provide in a blog post, but below we are including some tips on reactivity in dogs. If you are concerned about your dog’s reactivity, please call our FREE behaviour helpline to talk about what training options are available for your dog. (more…)

Upcoming Behaviour Clinics

Behaviour clinics are one-hour training classes dedicated to specific skills. Many dogs see a positive change in behaviour in just 60 minutes when provided with this kind of focused training. We’ll give you the tips and tools you need to continue your training at home, at the dog park, or in other areas with lots of distractions.

WALK NICELY

Learn to teach your dogs to walk nicely on a loose leash while improving the quality and enjoyment of your time together. Over the hour, you will learn how to handle the leash and build focus in your dog in a low distracted environment focusing on the foundations of loose leash walking.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 5 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive (include barking, growling,lunging)

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

 

TOTO RECALL

Toto Recall is designed to develop a stronger recall relationship with your dog. In this one hour clinic you will learn the foundations of recall while adding in distractions and enjoying fun games.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 5 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive.

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

 

CHILL DOG

Is your dog a little too excited about life or are thinking of taking your dog to pet friendly places? Sign up for Chill Dog and work on attention on you, polite greetings, relaxing with other dogs nearby, leave it, stay and more.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 5 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive. Recommended to have completed Smarty Pups or Polite Pooches

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)