going to the beahvoirist
So after tons of research, reading and training. Ive realized that Dexter's issues on leash reactivity to other dogs (barrier frustration) is just out of control. Its not quite life or death but it clearly interrupts him from having just an "okay" life to having an amazing fulfilling life. He also has extremely high prey drive, I feel is going to get us into turble one of these days if we don't take steps to control it now.
So we called all around to many trainers, and behaviorist and found one with a great reputation, and feel pretty confident she is the person to go to. We been through a few positive based class's were going to go try more of a "balance" trainer but overall correction trainers scare me. I know there are many great balance trainers that use the tools proper, and humanly but Ive heard of correction trainers gone wrong. I decided to not risk it and go to an experienced behaviorist who should be able to help us depict weather the reaction is fear based or frustration based, then from there she should help us find the right tool. I would like to try and do as positive as possible I dont want anything to ruin our bond. However if it dose have to be an adverse at least im confident she will teach us to use it humanely and proper, so we can wean off.
Anyways its a little bit of a wait to get in to see her, She gave me a little homework too. She asked that I get a 15 sec video of him reacting, and also to pack a bag of every tool Ive ever used with him and to make a list of anything and everything we want to work on.
I just want to be prepared as possible going into this, so we can get the most out of it. Is there any type of questions I should be asking her? Or things maybe I should look out for?
My goal is to have my dog be able to walk on a leash and pass other dogs without acting like a lunatic, we tried a prong it fired him up more, we tried doing the CC with a clicker and treats, treats meant nothing, we also tried to CC with a tug game, I got Bit! The only thing that has worked is avoiding our issue by u-turning away, Im getting really good at avoiding our problems, but its not solving anything, so any advice would be helpful, Ive never gone to a behaviorist before and im not really sure what to expect, She has great reputation and she competley transformed my friends aggressive dog, so Im very hopeful..... so until next monday ..............