by Emma Parsons
Typically, people with dogs that bark and lunge at strangers or other dogs live in a bubble of fear, hopelessness, and frustration. After years of experience working with countless clients and their reactive dogs, and with Ben, her own aggressive dog, award-winning author Emma Parsons (Click to Calm) has found a better way to help even more owners and their dogs: by carefully orchestrating controlled exposures to triggers in a class setting.
A whole class full of reactive dogs sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it is precisely the formula of bringing these frazzled owners together with their dogs in one room that makes the class work so well. Emma, her assistants, and her students form a supportive community dedicated to helping each other and keeping everyone safe. Enveloped in empathy, students learn to train their dogs to tolerate progressively greater exposures to their classmates.
Teaching a reactive dog class is not for the inexperienced or the faint of heart; the challenges are many, but the rewards are great. In Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, Emma presents an entire six-week curriculum you can adjust to your needs. This blueprint for instructors and staff and for go-it-alone owners of reactive dogs offers:
"Emma was our biggest cheerleader. Without her classes and help I don't know where we would be. Once a skeptic, I am now a believer. I only wish I had discovered Emma and clicker training sooner!" —Jen Lihzis, student
"Emma helped me learn about thresholds, gave me tools to help heal my dog, encouraged me through the downs, and gave great exercises to have fun with your dog while building your skills to help cope with life." —Tish Webb, student
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