Do you feel like you're about to start a self-defence class? Well, you might be.
When walking a reactive dog, you have to feel secure and always put safety first. There are so many triggers out there and you cannot control the environment as best as you might try.
You'll often need to act faster than you think, so having excellent defensive handling skills is a must!
Triggers can come around corners, race up beside us, trap us on a tight sidewalk, step out of a store, or come rushing at us behind a fence. Let's look at a couple of (very) key concepts:
Walk down the leash
If you need to quickly shorten the leash, don't wrap it around your wrist! Instead, practice walking your hands down the leash like this: