Training A Reactive Dog

In this episode, Natalie takes her Board & Train, Evie, out on a structured walk around a nearby lake. The focus is on creating space for Evie as they encounter other dogs along the trail.

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29 Comments on “Training A Reactive Dog”

  1. Awesome video. Could you do more videos about reactivity in a city environment with little space to escape? There us lots of reactive dogs in my neighborhood but when the boardwalk is your only space, giving dogs additional space isn’t always an option.

  2. Thank you for the video! I was wondering when exactly were you pressing the button of an e collar in the part of a video with the dog on a path? Were you pressing it every time you changed direction?

  3. Very nice, , my pitty girl very dog reactive so , 2 things, …… the e collar probably won’t help, and 2….. might just accept that that’s just the way he she is and just manage and empathize with them. The emotions are strong. My girl has dog friends, she is just high strung

    1. Every dog is different some only believe in positive reward training, some use a mix like Natalie. I utilized a martingale collar when I first got my dog but switched to a regular and also have an e-collar as shes highly reactive as well.

    2. Wow this is what my trainer is having me do with my dog, it’s really been helping. Also, on the walk I let him know when it’s ok to roam and sniff (on the leash of course), I say Free and let him be a doggie 💜

    1. @Martine watch the video.
      But both tools can be used for different uses, basically.
      In reactivity, with the method I was working on with my reactive dog was, in a quick summary: eyes lock on dog, forget to respond to name/ignore owner, fair correction on prong, look back, reward/good feeling. This was even under threshold.

      Ecollar was “a tap on the shoulder” in case we didn’t have a way of escaping a passing dog and he “forgot” to properly respond (with or without prong correction) to my words.

      After that point, ecollar was a management thing for like a year for on and off work, and now he is completely naked and doesn’t stare or get anxious at the sight of dogs around him.

      I cant put in words the whole method without analyzing but I think I made it understandable. My second dog, a belgian malinois, takes corrections much different, as I have taught her any correction means try again and dont cower from stress.

      Highly recommend using a trainer if anyone who reads this is interested in tools. Proper equipment is just the tip of the iceberg.

  4. This is how I taught my reactive dog as well. From lunging, no engagement, selective hearing, whining, pulling to a dog that can be happily neutral around other dogs at reasonable distances. Was hard figuring it on my own, but bravo to putting this out there, and showing also the uses of the tools.

  5. When I hike with my dog Milo he likes to pull on the leash and sniff, I’ll try to get him to heel but especially when we first get out he wants to sniff. I try to let him do so to decompress and have a “freedom walk” but when we pass people I try to keep him in heel position but he pulls and I often don’t have an option of where to go. What should I do?

  6. Hi, I have a question I have a reactive dog and I’m gonna try your method on her should I put a muzzle on her just incase she tries to bite another dog. I only ask because its my first time bringing her to an area with a lot of dogs.

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