If you have been following my blogs, newsletters and facebook page you know that one of the biggest training issues I work with is leash reactivity with dogs. In order to try and prevent this issue on my end as a trainer I have introduced controlled meet and greets into my Basic Obedience classes. These meet and greets primarily help my clients to read and understand canine body language. They also build confidence in the owners and confidence in the dogs so we have win-win situation when it comes to the real world. I always control the approaching dog and the meet and greet is very controlled and safe at all times. After I go over the body language of each dog with all of my class. In this way I am doing my part to create a better world for our dogs.
I always remind clients to keep in mind that not all dogs will like each other and as humans we cannot get upset at them for that unless we can honestly say that we like all people. So respect yours dogs boundaries and keep everyone safe.
A few weeks ago in class I did a meet and greet with a leash reactive dog that I have been working with privately. He did okay when he was paired with the puppies in the class. Next he was paired with a teenage dog and this was one of those time I wish I had, had a video camera rolling. Frankie was the reactive dog and he went up to Max and stopped and sniffed clearly saying I’m not going any closer to you. Max who is usually exuberant for meet and greets stayed back and gave Frankie his space. Then Frankie looked at me and said I’m done. No growls, no lunging just two dogs having a conversation and the humans understanding and letting the dog go their separate ways. It was amazing and reminded me why I love this job so much.
Come on out and join us on Wednesday nights for ourbasic class and learn all about dog body language. Together we can and will make all dogs feel secure by giving each individual dog what they need.