Theory

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 few concepts:

  • Defensive handling with the leash
  • What to do when the faeces hits the fan
  • Focusing on recovery vs reaction
  • Testing your dog’s Conditioned Emotional Response (CER)