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Exercising Reactive Dogs Thread

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rahbits   

Hi everyone!

I have a 2yr old gsdxhusky female named Ahri. 

Ive been working on Ahri dog reactivity for just over a year now by myself and around 2-3 months ago we've reached the point where can walk past most dogs without her exploding! Ive gotten alot of help online, instagram, facebook, youtube and contacting balanced trainers from America etc and theyve helped me alot with Ahri's behaviour and educating me.

Im really glad there are other people out there working and training their reactive dog(s) or any behaviour problems theyre experiencing.

Anyways a quick update on our training, Thursday morning at 9:10am i took Ahri to the park and did some training in an empty car park, did awesome, recall was awesome, there werent really any distractions for us to practice but its w.e

After around 40min we see 2 dogs Ahri has met and gotten along with before, we go to them but before we do i put Ahri in a sit stay so i can adjust her prong incase she misbehaves, i then release her to go say hi. I talk to the owner for around 20min while carefully watching Ahri socialise awkwardly with the other dogs, she was very talkative this morning -_- husky side of her.. but she did great, listened to my commands very nicely!

anyways thats it! hope i can get advice from other trainers/handlers or give advice!

thanks for reading!

 

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Well done for working diligently on her! How long have you had her for? Photos? She must have lots of fur to brush?

 

being she is maturing out it should hopefully get easier to manage her and avoid any explosions at all as time progresses. 

 

And even without distractions is good you are able to find a quiet location to practice your recall and exercise her. One of the most important skills I think, right next to walking politely on a lead. 

 

When I want to work specifically on dog distractions for recalls and focus and the like, I like to find a fenced dog park and start our drills at a distance then work our way in. Only 15-20 mins or so, so she doesn’t work herself up and maintains her calm frame of mind. We can get right up to the fence these days. Noting I don’t let her greet the dogs even through the fence. Strange dogs are unpredictable. Better she remember to ignore them. 

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Chloe08   

Hello

i am not sure many people come here anymore. I hope everyone is making progress with their dogs. I have a slightly reactive/shy standard poodle. On advice from a trainer we have used LAT with some success so she usually inside other dogs and people when walking but it’s hard to get her used to new people as we don’t have many coming into our house to practice with. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good trainer who could help us take the next step forward please. Thank you for any help. 

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Chloe08   

Hi there.

thank you for a such a quick response.  

I am in Brunswick in Melbourne. I don’t mind travelling a bit for some help. I have a list of positive trainers but I am not sure where to start. I have read a lot about fearful dogs and I understand the ideas but I think having someone assess us again would be helpful. Thanks again. 

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You are not far from me! I used positive k9 training in Kew. You have both the options of one on ones and classes (or both!). 

 

Its been nearly three years since I started with them and couldn’t be happier. I go now for the fun and to keep both dogs skills up but at the start with one big reactive scared dog they were the most priceless. 

 

I would contact chris with them for a one on one and an assessment for what you can do around your house :) 

 

he is also great at answering questions you might have about methods and approaches. 

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Here are three very good options. :) 

 

Kaye Hargreaves

Wagging School

 

Dr Kate Mournement BSc(Hons)PhD Applied animal behaviourist

Pets Behaving Badly

 

Amanda Murcutt

Pawsitively Great Pets

 

and some general advice about picking a dog trainer as the industry is unregulated:

 

https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2016/12/how-to-choose-dog-trainer.html?m=1

 

http://thedogspov.com/how-to-spot-a-trainer-that-uses-aversive-training-methods/

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Chloe08   

Thank you. This is a great start. I will follow up with some of these options and see how we go. 

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I have a topical post for once!

 

The dog park near us has this amazing mini obstacle course that looks so much fun! However, very crowded dog park - I am pretty sure I could go at 2am and still find someone in it. So, solution? Can't take dog to the park, I'll bring the park to home!

(and really, my yard is bigger than this "dog park", even with half of it fenced off because of landscaping)

 

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Panorama shot but we have:

 

the pole cavalettis from scent works (you hide scent in them)

the yellow cavalettis from the small child exercise kit you buy at target or kmart or something

the fold up toddler slide from bunnings but with some rubberpour for grip

partially made - a beam to walk along

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this is the clear favourite by the dogs, some kind of tunnel tent thing I bought from bunnings discount box:

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can't see it in the pic, but a ladder positioned to crawl under, then a hoop to jump through and another slide but this time for going down

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I need more aldi yoga balls, as my dogs are too big to stand on one easily (although they have done so!) 

also some tyres for walking over or jumping over - they're positioned so nightly fetch requires them to jump over the tyres

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back to the clear winner tent:

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they really like the tent! I pack it away when I'm not there as I think they'd likely destroy it.

 

I also have two home alone toys for each dog to jump at/bark at:

(but I have the toys removed when I'm not present because they don't like sharing and they both prefer the nectarine tree one of the shed one so to prevent conflict, toy bit removed)

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the flirt pole is always fun - mine is just a bunnings tomato trainer with a puppy toy on the end

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and the yoga ball and fetch, cant go wrong with those

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( i need more of these, come on aldi!!! the aldi ones are super tough, this ones been outside for like a year and going strong)

PS. home grown eco friendly snuffle mat ;)
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(aka there's a 3m x 2m square of yard i dont mow for dogs and bunnies. i might put a little fence around it to make it look neater, idk)

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Kazm   

I love the whole set up. Absolutely brilliant. Good job. Happy puppies. :clap:

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Snook   

It's been a while since anyone has p I syed in this thread but I thought I'd let other reactive dog owners know I'm selling the reactivity DVD by Emily Larlham over in the marketplacs

 

 

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