WORKING SLOTS ORDER will be decided the morning of the Meetup. Last-minute RSVP's (less than 2 hours notice) please plan to attend after the last assigned slot.
MAXIMUM of 10 working slots. Be sure to RSVP so I know how to manage the meeting for the day! Reactive dogs welcome, we want dogs with issues.
Dogs who are truly aggressive, especially human-aggressive,
are not dogs the group is designed to work with.
Dogs who are so frightened of the outside world they
immediately shutdown are also not ready for this type of environment.
Please know your dog, and judge accordingly.
If you have any inkling that your dog may redirect onto you or bite, please bring a muzzle, and use classical conditioning to ensure the dog is comfortable wearing it ahead of time. This will keep everyone safe, and it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Behavioral Adjustment Training - BAT: approach the trigger from a great distance, remain under threshold, and teach the dog to use calming signals to make the scary thing go away instead of barking, lunging, growling, snapping, etc. Gradually, as confidence builds over repetitions and time, we will be able to get closer and closer to the trigger.
- Control Unleashed - CU: teach the dog to like the trigger by clicking and treating (C/T) for looking at, observing, and coexisting peacefully with whatever it is. These are basics of the Look-at-That game. If necessary, we also incorporate a barrier to encourage confidence.
- Positive-reinforcement techniques: Tasha will adjust and be creative with solutions to suit each dog's needs and personality. We follow the traditions of Classical Conditioning, Counter-conditioning, and Desensitization.
We do not ever punish dogs for outbursts. They are expressing their discomfort -- an emotional state. We cannot possibly make a dog feel better about something by punishing them for feeling bad about it. Tasha may recommend training a "Positive Interruptor" and will describe how at your session. It is the goal of this group to change the emotional state of each dog to its trigger(s).
Likely triggers the group is equipped to work on:
- other dog(s)
- other people
- new environment
- bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, cars (wheels)
- commotion or speed
- and more! Ask Tasha for help if your dog's trigger is not listed here. We will do our best to accommodate you.