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Diving into Dog Reactivity

Understanding, Managing, and Overcoming Canine Reactivity.




Dog reactivity refers to a dog's exaggerated response to specific stimuli, such as other dogs, people, or environmental triggers. Displays of reactivity can include barking, lunging, growling, and even snapping,


Understanding the root causes of dog reactivity is crucial for effective management and rehabilitation. It can stem from a variety of factors, including genetics, lack of socialisation, traumatic experiences, or fear and anxiety. Identifying the triggers that provoke a reactive response is the first step in addressing the issue.


Managing dog reactivity involves implementing various strategies to prevent and reduce reactive episodes. This may include using positive reinforcement training techniques to teach alternative behaviours, such as focusing on the owner or performing obedience commands in the presence of triggers. Additionally, creating distance from triggers, using desensitisation and counterconditioning protocols, and employing tools such as secure well fitted anti-slip harnesses and muzzles can help manage reactive behaviour during walks or encounters.


Overcoming dog reactivity requires patience, consistency, and dedication from both the dog and their owner. It often involves working closely with a certified professional dog trainer or behaviourist who specialises in canine reactivity. Through training and modification protocols, reactive dogs can learn to cope with their triggers more effectively and develop more appropriate responses.


It's essential for dog owners to approach reactivity with empathy and understanding, recognising that reactive behaviour is often rooted in fear or discomfort. With the right guidance and support, dogs can overcome their reactivity and enjoy happier, more fulfilling lives alongside their loving owners.


Struggling with your dog's reactivity? Alice at Bond Furever Dog Training holds Specialist Certification for Canine Reactivity and has helped multiple dogs and owners on their reactivity journey! Reach out today.

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