When working with human-reactive dogs, it’s important that we prevent scary incidents, build trust, and create positive associations with people for our dogs. In this game, we will be using a trusted (compliant) person to give our dog the power of choice, which is the most important part of the curriculum.
This game is only to be used if the dog is fearful but not showing signs of aggressive behaviour such as growling, snarling, lunging, snapping, or biting. If your dog is showing these signs, calmly remove them from the situation and end the session, then call us to book a session to work on changing your dog’s emotional response.
The trusted person needs to be prepared prior to the session so there are no surprises.