Is your dog reactive to people, dogs or other stimuli? Does his/her reactive behavior make it difficult on walks and outings in social settings? Then our Reactive Dog Program is for you!
Our Reactive Dog Program is designed to equip dog owners with the skills they need to manage, minimize and stop reactive behaviors. We will use positive reinforcement techniques such as Counter Conditioning & Desensitization (CC&D), Click to Calm Techniques, Constructional Aggression Treatment (C.A.T.) or Behavior Adjustment Training (B.A.T.) to help your dog remain calm when triggers are presented.
Most importantly know that you are not alone! Do NOT be embarrassed by your dog’s behavior, as this will only stunt you and your dog’s learning ability. This class is not a race or a test. It is about helping your dog change the way he/she feels about things that cause them stress which can lead to aggression or over arousal. Our goal is to minimize your dog’s stress when triggers are present and to arm you with techniques to keep your dog under threshold by controlling the environment and making it easier to cope.
The first step is to determine the cause of your dog’s behavior. This requires a thorough IN-HOME consultation by our qualified trainers. The cost for a one hour in home consultation is $100 plus travel fees if over 10 miles round trip. Once the consultation has been completed you will receive a training proposal for Reactive Dog Level 1 – RD1. After each level you will be encouraged to move to the next level to continue your progress.
- Current vaccinations for DHPP, Bordetella and Rabies (Proof from veterinarian required)
Reactive Dog Level 1: TBD
Reactive Dog Level 2: $180 (6 weeks)
Reactive Dog Level 3: $180 (6 weeks)
Reactive Dog Level 4: $180 (6 weeks)
Trainer: Michelle Carroll
Class Information & Schedules:
RD1 – Reactive Dog Level 1
These are private sessions and will include instruction in your home and your environment. Working on low levels of trigger presentation. You will be encouraged to do sessions in a controlled environment at our facility as well. While at our facility, we will determine your dog’s threshold distance. We will continue to work on his/her Counter Conditioning & Desensitization and produce good Conditioned Emotional Responses (CER’s). After good Response Levels have been repeated, we will increase the intensity of the trigger and so on.
RD2 – Reactive Dog Level 2
This class is held in our indoor, climate-controlled Training Gym at Oscar’s Pet Resort.
Only 4 dogs permitted in this class. Each dog will have its own area which prevents them from seeing other people & dogs. Your dog will be exposed to low levels of “their” trigger. The trigger visual will be increased as the dog progresses through the class. Two trainers will be running the class for safety and technique accuracy.
Sessions are approximately 60 – 90 minutes. Classes held in Training Gym
Prerequisite: Reactive Dog Level 1
RD3 – Reactive Dog Level 3
This class is held in the Dome at Oscar’s Pet Resort. Only 4 dogs permitted in this class. Each dog will have its own area which prevents them from seeing other people & dogs. Your dog will be exposed to medium/high levels of “their” trigger. The trigger visual will be increased as the dog progresses through the class to include the number of triggers, trigger moving & coming closer. Two trainers will be running the class for safety and technique accuracy.
Sessions are approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
Prerequisite: Reactive Dog Level 2
RD4 – Reactive Dog Level 4
This class is held in the Front Field at Oscar’s Pet Resort. Only 4 dogs permitted in this class. Each handler will utilize their vehicle as a barrier. Your dog will be exposed to walking past & with “their” trigger, all while implementing CC&D and then doing a pack walk. Two trainers will be running the class for safety and technique accuracy.
Sessions are approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
Prerequisite: Reactive Dog Level 3
To get the best results we encourage you to commit to your reactive dogs’ rehabilitation. Each level is designed to prepare you for the next. The skills we will teach are a positive approach to a negative situation and giving you the confidence to enjoy life with your dog. We take pride in setting up “real life” scenarios which give you the opportunity to practice the skills. In some cases, your training plan may be revised or some dogs may skip a level. The progression of levels is based on both the handler and dog’s ability to progress.