• Reactive Dog Training Class

    What is it?
    A great opportunity to get experience working with your reactive dog in a controlled, safe environment while being exposed to real-life situations and working on desensitizing him to the “triggers” that make him react

  • Reactive Dog? Don’t Worry, It’s Very Common

    Through the use of classical and operant conditioning, we strive to change not just the reactive behavior, but also the underlying emotional response that creates it. We use an entirely force-free  approach using no aversive tools or techniques. Using something aversive to your dog to try  to “correct” the behavior often backfires and just creates more fear.

    In class you have the opportunity to work with other dogs in a safe setting with professionals to guide you through. Our goal is that no one actually reacts. It’s orchestrated in a way that the dogs only see each other under controlled circumstances. We want to help you better understand what is going  on with your dog and give you the tools to work with it. You will know what to do in certain situations and learn how to better manage this behavior.

    Let’s Do This…

    Once you sign up for our Reactive Working Sessions, we will send you a packet of information about leash reactivity.  This information covers what we go over in our Reactive Seminar to help you gain more insight into your dog’s behavior. When you begin class, we work with you to learn how to identify your dog’s triggers, learn what their threshold distance is, and learn how to use counter conditioning and desensitization to work with them.


    Reactive Dog Sessions (5 Weeks)

    • Where: Sessions are held outside in a large parking lot in Columbia. Directions will be provided when you register.
    • When: Every Saturday, 10:00 A.M.
    • How Long: Sessions last approximately 60 minutes
    • Rolling Admission: This means that you come until your 5 sessions have been completed.  This affords flexibility for both weather conditions and for your schedule.
    • Cost: $275 for 5 Sessions

    NOTE: We offer 5 additional sessions for $150.00.  If you feel that your dog needs more experience in a supportive environment this might be something for you to consider.  We will provide limited support as we need to work more closely with new clients. **THIS OPTION ONLY FOR THOSE THAT HAVE COMPLETED 5 SESSIONS!*

    Reactive Dog Sessions (7 Sessions)

    • Where: Five sessions are held outside in a large parking lot in Columbia. Directions will be provided when you register.
    • When: Every Saturday, 10:00 A.M.
    • How Long: Sessions last approximately 60 minutes
     In addition to the above, this package includes:
    • Enrichment Session: A 90 minute in-home enrichment session is will teach you how to tire out your dog inside your home using games, toys and puzzles. This is perfect for a reactive dog!
    • In-Home Private Training Session:  A 90 minute in-home consultation that includes a walk around your neighborhood to advise and to observe you on a walk. This session can be held before, after, or during your 5 working sessions.  This session provides an opportunity to find out what works in your day to day environment.
    • Rolling Admission: This means that you come when you can until your 5 sessions have been completed.  This affords flexibility for both weather conditions and for your schedule.
    Cost: $500 for 7 Sessions

  • Purely Positive Dog Training

    Our techniques are purely positive. We don’t advocate a human/dog relationship based on fear and/or coercion, and do not support or use choke collars, prong collars, shock collars or any aversive techniques that may damage your dogs trust in you or in humankind.