I had a reactive dog. Training classes and clubs were NOT the place to go with him. One class he was even put behind a barrier. Most dogs are in classes or at training clubs to work through issues. Yes some and by some I mean maybe two are just continuing training and are fine.
Don't go where there is a group of dogs, go somewhere where there is one dog at a time and YOU can walk away and determine threshold limits. I used to go and stand 20 ft away from the door at Petsmart everyday. I did this for months. As I seen a dog coming I got my dog to focus on me. At first it was one dog then go home, then two and three, etc. after a couple weeks I went to Petsmart and added the park. We just sat on a bench watching. Focus is key. Teach your dog a solid leave it and watch.
I used very high value food(raw venison). I also used different tools. We used a prong, redirection, reward, and even the word no or eh eh. We went the other way, I threw food for him to hunt while dogs were walking by. We did this from June until the end of August. At that point he was able to start going to a club. Shortly after that in September he passed his CGC and became a certified therapy dog.
It takes time, dedication and patience. You have to know when to call it day and not push the dog. If it's one dog a day for two weeks, that is success not failure.
Misty- Samoyed Mix, Tannor- Golden Retriever CGC
Robyn- GSD CGC, TC, Midnite-GSD CGC,TC, Brennan-Golden Retriever CGC, Batman-Husky/Greyhound , Apollo-GSD
Last edited by llombardo; 05-13-2015 at 08:04 AM.