The 2017 Leash Reactive Dog Issue (and some goofy video of our Zuzu)
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The 2017 Leash Reactive Dog Issue 


Did You Know:  April 22nd is Earth Day. 
Just For Fun: A short video compilation of Zuzu, our Greyhound and the goofy things she does
Tip of the Month:  If your dog is aggressive or reactive on leash toward other dogs

Additional Articles:  Is your dog aggressive or reactive when on leash? | Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash? | Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash?
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.

 

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Did you know?

April 22nd is Earth Day. Earth Day is an event observed annually on April 22. It is a day held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. 

Just For Fun

Here are short video clips that we combined of Zuzu, including her goofy snow bounding and her “spincycle”

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If your dog is aggressive or reactive on leash toward other dogs

If you have a dog who barks and lunges at other dogs when on leash, you are not alone. In fact, it is one of the most common issues I work with in private training sessions. Most of my clients dealing with this issue feel somewhat isolated. They walk through their neighborhood and their neighbors avoid them or give them that look that seems to say "Can't you control your dog?!" It can be embarrassing, so my clients often avoid everyone else, sometimes to the point of walking at very odd times of the day.

The first thing I look at when helping clients with this issue is the connection between dog and handler on a walk before the other dog shows up. For more on this, see our blog post about it.

When we've looked at the connection between dog and handler and the leash manners prior to the other dog showing up, we take our next step. The question people ask is, "How do I stop my dog from lunging and barking?" While I understand the question and empathize with my clients, I tell them that they are really asking the wrong question. Understandably, they want to put an end to that behavior. If you've ever dealt with it, you know it is not so much fun to walk your dog if you are constantly on alert for another dog to show up. It's just too stressful! But the real question here really should be: "What do I want my dog TO DO instead?"

Unfortunately, many people (and many trainers too) are still focused on stopping a behavior. The problem with this is we are still focusing on that behavior. Even if we stop or suppress that behavior, we have to fill that void. Most people are not giving their dog the right information that the dog needs to be successful. If I just tell a dog to stop doing something, what happens? I have a void. What will the dog fill that void with? Possibly a new behavior we don't like any better. And the dog is much more likely to revert back to old behaviors when he can't figure out what to do, or the new behavior is not making him feel any better.

If we can focus on what we WANT from our dogs, and help them achieve this new behavior, it's much easier to get rid of the old behavior. The question then becomes, what is that new behavior? My clients usually say, "I don't care what he does as long as he stops lunging and barking!" The key to success here is figuring out some behaviors that your dog is capable of doing in that environment and that are incompatible with the unwanted behaviors. If we don't want lunging, we might ask for a sit or a change in direction (for my dogs, that's "this way!") If your dog tends to fixate on the other dog, you might teach a "watch me" since he can't focus on you and the other dog at the same time. If your dog tends to bark, playing a find it game with treats on the ground will help redirect his mouth to doing something other than barking. If you can start to get your dog practicing a behavior that is incompatible with the old behavior, we will start to see success much sooner and it will be much more likely to stick.

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to alternative behaviors. We just need to figure out which ones will be the most successful with your particular dog in that particular setting. And then we need to make it worth his while to do it!

Additional Articles

Is your dog aggressive or reactive when on leash?

Is your dog reactive toward other dogs when on leash?

Which breeds are more likely to be aggressive on leash?

Like The Light Of Dog Newsletter: The 2017 Leash Reactive Dog Issue (and some goofy video of our Zuzu) on Facebook

Calendar

Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area
  • Puppy Preschool:  open enrollment on Sundays (no class 4/16) and Wednesdays
  • Puppy Recess:  most Sundays noon to 1 pm (no Recess 4/16)
  • Basic Training:  new classes start Sunday 4/30 & Wednesday 4/12
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 4/30 & Thursday 4/27
  • Agility for Fun:  new class starts Sunday 4/30
  • Fun & Games Class:  none scheduled at this time
  • Polite Pooches in Public: new class starts Sunday 5/7
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: new class starts Sunday 7/16
  • Therapy Dog Class new class starts Sunday 7/9 
Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia
  • Basic Training: new class starts Tuesday 5/16
  • Rabbit Recall: new class starts Tuesday 5/16
  • Dog Parkour: new class starts Tuesday 6/13
  • Juvenile Delinquents Class: new class starts Tuesday 7/11
Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm
  • Saturday, May 20, 9-11 am. Nature walk open to all current and past customers.
  • Saturday July 15, 5:30-7:30 pm. Nature walk open to all current and past customers.
  • Saturday, September 23, 9-11 am. Nature walk is invite only for our VIP customers. Invitations will be sent this summer.
To register for our farm events, please click here.
 

Click here for our complete group class & events schedule with available spaces

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The “Kids”

Zuzu (Greyhound) and Romeo (Vizsla): Social directors, personal trainers, and chief protectors from potential intruders. 

Wife & Husband

Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire and Ed Soehnel, dog products and marketing.
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