I know you struggle with your Reactive Dog… but have you ever considered how he feels? How stressed and uncomfortable he is feeling?
I know when Blue became reactive, I did not consider his stress levels… I was too focused on my own.
You know how it feels.
An off leash dog appears and you to feel sick in the stomach. How can you get away or hide from that dog. Your walks are now at the crack of dawn or even in the dark in a desperate attempt not to meet anyone. Confrontations with owners are common… all because you can’t trust or control your dog in these situations.
Here is what I see. 50% of people believe the only way they can end reactive behaviour is if they desensitize the dog. Let’s face it… It’s tedious, time consuming and boring. As much fun as watching grass grow.
The other 50% must have watched the so called “dog whisperer”. Seeing him pop the leash on a prong collar… giving quick kicks to the dog… acting assertive and letting the dog know who is boss.
Some people try it!
The others cringe and decide that method is not for them… they stop taking their dog for walks. I totally get that.
Of these two methods, the first will do no harm. If you are patient enough, then go for it. In my experience, this approach gives mediocre results.
The second method you should avoid at all costs. It will destroy the relationship, you’ll have a dog that avoids you and shuts down… or you’ll have a more aggressive dog. Aggression brings out aggression.
If you can’t picture that… Think about the last time you had an altercation with someone. How did you react? Do you trust that person? Do you want to spend time together?
I’m pretty sure you would have a lot of negative things to say. Now imagine the two of you attached with a leash, and you can’t leave!
What a horrible situation to be in!
Luckily, these are not the only solutions.
With my 3 simple techniques, it’s easier, quicker and super effective.
Once you learn these, you will be heading out on your walk, full of “Confidence”. If you meet another dog, you will happily use those opportunities to build your dogs Confidence and Trust… arriving home with a big smile on your face and a very happy dog.
This is my story of living with Blue, my much loved Australian Koolie. I did my best to manage his reactive behaviour for way too many years… and will always regret that. Years of me feeling worried and stressed… but worse than that… years of him feeling worried and stressed! All because I ‘chose’ to manage and prevent the behaviour… instead of ‘choosing’ to build his Confidence and Trust.
This is what we went through, how bad it got… and how easy and effective my solution was. It’s a good news story with a surprising ending!
Stop trying to control your dog… Do this instead. Alter his Emotional Response… Build his Confidence and Trust. “3-simple techniques” is all you need to succeed. Click the button below.