barking and lunging

May 1, 2015

I completed “Growly Dog” with Sally and Amy about a month ago with my three year old leash reactive lab.  He was unable to see a dog on the street, even across, without barking and lunging at it.  I have two other dogs and would have to walk him separately because he was starting to attack my other lab when there were other dogs around.  I was so afraid that I would eventually have a dog fight on the end of my leash and knew that I had to get help.

I am a new dog trainer and have known about Sally and her work with reactive dogs for a few years now and she was the trainer that I knew could help us.  The class is set up for all of us, dogs and people, to be successful.  All dogs have their own space and are never put into situations that they cannot handle. Because of this distance, they are give the opportunity to make their own decisions and with some help from us, figure out that there is an alternative to the way they have been reacting.

A week after completing the class, I was walking Gunner and in the course of that one walk, we came across nine dogs, all at different distances BUT he did not react once!  It was a huge break through for us.  I know that we have a long way to go, but this class has given me the tools to continue to help him make the right decisions.

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