Dog reactivity, a case study, two dogs
Dog A, Rottweiler, 18 months old; handler: pet owner, owns pet sitting service; methods used: flooding from a distance, prong collar corrections.
Dog B, Doberman, 18 months old: handler: pet owner/experienced obedience trial handler; methods used: clicker, treats.
I have been in classes with Dog A, CGC last fall, flunked same issue; Basic classes this summer, same issue, started advanced classes timed after basic same night, came 1/2 through the basic time frame, keeping the dog back, using the prong collar and corrections. Dog is extremely reactive, has been on top of my dog once, particularly hates the Doberman. Focused on everything but the owner.
Dog B, went through advanced classes with me, when the owner notices that the dog starts looking at another dog, she calls his name, he looks, she clicks and gives him a treat. When the Rottweiler barks and lunges at her dog, she gets him to look at her, and treats. I never realized he was reactive at all, but heard the owner talking about it. You would never know. I have never seen her administer a leash correction.
I never saw any benefit to clickers, but it certainly worked in this case. Maybe I should wipe the dust off of one of the many I have somewhere, and figure out how to walk and chew gum at the same time.
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Last edited by selzer; 09-24-2011 at 03:31 PM.