‘Reactive Dogs’ Archive

Finch Goes to the Agility Trial September 19, 2013 Comments Off

Finch has progressed by leaps and bounds. His reactivity toward people is almost non-existent at this point. Unless they have a strange object or do something very threatening, they won’t scare Finch. Recent “tests” in my neighborhood have included multiple kids riding one bicycle at the same time, joggers carrying umbrellas, and a sight-impaired man […]

Finch Makes Progress February 25, 2013 Comments Off

It’s been quite awhile since I have written about little Finch, and I get asked about him often. When I last wrote about Finch (all the way back in April!), he had just begun going for leash walks in my neighborhood. I would take him for walks at a quiet time of the afternoon, and […]

Finch is a Star April 17, 2012 Comments Off

The last few weeks have been very busy for little Finch. As I mentioned in his introduction post, Finch is a case study dog for Julie Robitaille’s TACT program. Together, Julie, Dan, Finch, and I have been filming video clips for a series of presentations Julie will be giving on TACT. The first presentation was […]

The Power of Peanut Butter November 22, 2011 Comments Off

What’s your favorite training tool? Dog trainers are always looking for the latest and greatest items to add to their bag of tricks. My answer can be found at any supermarket or convenience store: peanut butter! For Agility Dogs My passion for peanut butter began while attending agility classes with Tessie. She is a whiner, […]

Reactive Dogs: Resources for More Information June 24, 2011 1 Comment

There are some wonderful resources available for owners of reactive dogs who want to learn more about helping their canine companions. Many of these books have training plans that can be used to rehabilitate reactive dogs. However, I strongly urge you to seek professional help from a trainer or behaviorist who uses only humane, pain-free […]

Reactive Dogs: Understanding Calming Signals June 21, 2011 Comments Off

What is a calming signal?Calming signals are behaviors that dogs naturally exhibit when they are feeling stressed and are trying to diffuse a situation. Norwegian dog trainer and author Turid Rugaas coined the phrase “calming signals” and she has identified approximately thirty behaviors as such. These include: licking the lips, showing the whites of the […]

Reactive Dogs: An Introduction June 16, 2011 Comments Off

This post is the first in a series I will be writing about canine reactivity. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any future posts! What is a “reactive dog”? Simply put, a reactive dog is one who over-reacts to particular things in the environment, typically either to other dogs or to people. Some […]