Living with a reactive dog can be really challenging, and while speaking to a professional for advice is the best option, sometimes small changes can help you until you can get to see a trainer or behaviourist. None of this advice is intended to replace working with a trainer or behaviourist, but instead to help you understand your dog and their needs better.
-Your reactive dog is not being dominant and they are not “bad dogs” they are having a hard time. Most dogs react
-Using force such as lead corrections, verbal corrections such as shouting and aversive equipment will likely only cause the problem to get worse in the long run. In the short run you may get flashy results, however punishment only surprises the barking and lunging, the fear of the dog has not been addressed meaning the intensity of their reaction may INCREASE in future using forceful training.
-Use training equipment that works with you. Using Choke Chains, Prong Collars, Shock Collars etc is again likely to intensify the problem, try using a front clip harness and double ended lead instead this takes the pressure from your
-Get your dog checked out by a vet, underlying medical conditions or
-Try using high value treats to reward your dog on walks. The treats sold as “training” treats in pet shops are not usually of that much value to your dogs! Try cooked chicken, tiny pieces of
-Increasing exercise is rarely the answer. It can be popular to suggest an increase in exercise but this often can make the issue worse if the dog is struggling on walks, in
-Enrichment activities such as puzzle toys, snuffle mats, treat balls or kongs can help to increase your
Reactivity can be complex, however, at Wagging Wonders we look at the whole dog and how we can help YOU and YOUR DOG.
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