Do you have a Reactive Rover? What is a Reactive Rover?
A Reactive Rover is a dog that will bark at other dogs. A dog that will lunge and jump at other dogs. A dog that will snap back as a dog walks past them. A dog that rushes up to other dogs at the park and freezes, 50% of the time a fight starts, the other 50% of the time your dog walks away. Or your dog could be a Reactive Rover because they always have their hackles up when they meet other dogs, sometimes the greeting is ok and the dogs play, other times an altercation occurs.
A lot of these dogs can get on with other dogs. In fact a lot of these dogs do live with another dog or another pet. They just have no confidence in new and changing situations. They panic, they become over aroused and that is the end of any rational thinking.
What are Reactive Rover classes and how can they help you ?
These classes serve 2 purposes:
- providing you the owner with critical handling skills so that you are well equipped to deal with challenges that may arise in your community
- providing dogs with the life skills that they need to co exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments that previously provoked anxiety and heightened arousal levels and reactivity.
These classes aim to:
- support reactive dog owners
- reform the human animal bond
- teaching owners to keep their dogs safe, under threshold
- train foundation behaviours
- train emergency behaviours
- offering safe practices for new skills
Do we guarantee we will fix your dog?
No we can’t guarantee your dog will be ‘fixed’ at the end of the course. Your dog’s reactivity has not appeared overnight and won’t disappear overnight. Accepting that your dog is not confident and sometimes fearful in situations is vital to you and your dog working through the issues and the behaviour getting better.
Once you, as the owner, recognise and accept your dogs thresholds, commit to training and building skills under these thresholds then yes your dog will improve with training. But it takes commitment and consistency, the Let’s Go Fido! Reactive Rover classes help you gain those skills and support you and your dog through the process.
What happens if my dogs cannot cope with these classes?
We are here to help. If your dog doesn’t respond to our confidence building training and continues to be a growly greeter, we would move your dog to private consultations and work with you and your dog one on one.
How many dogs are there in class?
There are only ever a maximum of four dogs per class.
What is the curriculum?
- Week 1: Theory class with non reactive dogs, class structure, safety, rules, screening, rewards.
- Week 2: Walk through to ensure your dog can cope in the classroom setting,
- Week 3: Skills training, emergency behaviours, threshold levels
- Week 4: Skills training and threshold levels, exposure to other dogs (individually based)
- Week 5: Skills training and threshold levels, exposure to other dogs (individually based)
How long are classes?
- Week 1 is 1.5 hours
- Week 2 is $30 minutes max
- Week 3/4/5 are 45-60 minutes each
- Owner and Dog $300
- Owner only $100 (2 spaces per course).