Ready… or Not? Working with Reactive Dogs - Karen Pryor Clicker Training
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Ready… or Not? Working with Reactive Dogs

Emma Parsons - Reno 2016

If you are a dog trainer and are considering adding reactive/aggressive dogs to your list of services, then this Learning Session is for you! No doubt you have been asked to work with dogs that are outside your comfort zone. Maybe you have found yourself in a situation that was more complex than you imagined it would be. From the outside, it can look easy to distinguish which behavior problems are in your comfort zone and which ones are not. But, it’s not uncommon for the behavior waters to become much less clear once you have waded in.

In this video presentation, Emma Parsons helps you figure out if you are ready to work with reactive dogs, and in what capacity. Emma explores the skills you need, the expectations you must have, and the planning and infrastructure necessary to make an intelligent decision about your readiness and willingness to see this type of problem dog.

Topics include:

  • Safety in the home
  • Skill and experience needed to make effective training recommendations
  • Constructing a detailed training plan, and handling the emotional responses of the client tactfully while always keeping the animals’ interests front and center

When you are dealing with behavior issues of this magnitude, it is extremely important to communicate your views to the client without getting flustered and/or passing judgment. Many clients with reactive dogs have worked with trainers in the past who were not positive trainers and who punished dogs routinely. Now it is up to you to launch the dog on a safe and successful track. Or, perhaps, not. When you know what’s involved in training reactive dogs, you can opt-out or opt-in based on whether you are “ready...or not.”