Training this HUGE REACTIVE DOG to STOP BARKING at EVERY DOG he sees. Reality Dog Training

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29 Comments on “Training this HUGE REACTIVE DOG to STOP BARKING at EVERY DOG he sees. Reality Dog Training”

  1. Love your videos Zak, my wife and I are getting our first dog in April and have been watching your series religiously to learn some techniques for when we finally get our dog! Thanks for everything you do and keep up the good work!

  2. Really enjoying these series. My heart sank a little when you said you’ll focus on a puppy next. Puppies get adopted so quick and there is so much material on YouTube for them – also on your channel. I feel you’ve done a lot of good with adults like George and Chop. Please do more of those, show people they are indeed big babies who become great family dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I think you should bring all 20 puppies home and do group training, lol. I couldnโ€™t pick just one, ๐Ÿ™‚. Did Chop get a new home? Heโ€™s so cute, I just love his ears!

  4. This is exactly what I needed. I just adopted an year old dog and he does the same things Chop. The complete series is really helpful Zach. Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ‘

  5. I’m in love with Chop’s “thinking face” ๐Ÿ˜, you can really tell that he’s processing all the information and making his own decisions. Can you talk a little bit more about choosing a good harness for such big, reactive dogs? Thanks! Keep up the great work, you guys. Happy holidays!

  6. The dog that came in at around frame 14:47 was just as interested in Chop. I was concerned about whether Chop could maintain his composure when it was obvious another dog wanted to meet him. He did great!!!!!! A spontaneous Woo Hoo slipped out of me! ๐Ÿ˜„

    I understand that looking into the camera helps you connect with your audience; and you certainly don’t need me telling you how to make videos. Bree is the expert, not me. I’ve never made a video, other than an animation for class. From this one viewer’s perspective, I’d just like to say that it’s okay for Bree to look at Zak when she’s talking to him. I enjoy seeing the interactions between the two of you. She could look back and forth between Zak and the camera. That way, Zak would feel like she’s really talking to him and we could still see Bree’s pretty face.

    Zak! ๐Ÿ˜† “I know. He’s the same size as you.” ๐Ÿ˜† “It seemed to me that Inertia was communicating to Chop that all is well. Leave the moose alone and play with me.”

    Puppies: Those blue eyes in frame 19:40!!! So pretty! Where the puppies are all lined up against the side of the crate…. I hope you chose the second one from the end. He looks like he needs the most TLC. He just looks to me like the most timid pup in the group. I’m looking forward to seeing who you picked and watching your new pup series. Chop is gorgeous, though; and he is blossoming into such a sweetie. His family will be so lucky to have him. ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. @Ryan Braund ik but I figure if people pay attention they will start to realize on there own. If you try and tell them, all there going to do is argue and say ur wrong.
      I tried so many times. Training videos and also to educate that American bullies are not pit bulls.
      No matter the topic. People swear up and down I’m 100% wrong. Even when the evidence is right there in front of them

    2. Omg yes, this is exactly what I commented before I read that you had already posted this comment. I have a fearful/nervous puppy and it’s been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster.

    3. @Jess Purgavie positive methods ALWAYS works, you just need to give it time. There are a lot of disgusting (mostly american) trainers who use all kins of nasty methods that should never be used.

  7. Wow he comes so far after each lesson. I love seeing him think. Heโ€™s so smart. And those puppies were a wonderful surprise. They are all so cute ๐Ÿฅฐ. I loved the wolf like black puppies with intense eyes. So beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

  8. Curiosity-based reactivity is so nice to deal with when compared to fear- or aggression-based reactivity
    You don’t have to counter-condition so much, you just have to introduce a strong redirection procedure with either toys, treats or engagement
    Nice episode

    1. I agree, fear-based reactivity is a million times harder than excitement reactivity. I’d love to see Zak work with a truly reactive and nervous dog . Hey Zak, wanna borrow my cattle dog for an episode?!

  9. I’m learning so much with your videos! I’ve got an older border collie who’s ten and am getting a new puppy next month. My border collie is so anxious around other dogs at first. She usually gets over it and will accept them. But with some dogs she’s a stress eater and shows food possession. She isn’t aggressive. She’ll just eat more than she should and has recently scarfed and barfed. We can’t count in the house without her barking and going for her toy and growling. Not in an aggressive way just an a playful way? Anyway. I’ll keep watching hoping I can learn some thing to help Bella.

  10. That puppy with the deep deep blue eyes was striking!!! Can you do 2-3 puppies at the same time?! Thatโ€™s be different, help people with multiple dogs, and help out several pups on their way to find good homes! โค๏ธ

  11. Hi Zak,

    I’ve been training my 1.5 year old GSD, Mac, following most of your steps with some good improvement. I think he’s like Chop, where it is over-excitement that causes him to react, rather than aggression or serious anxieties.

    The one thing I have been not doing, though, is playing fetch! I am buying into theory that fetch increases adrenaline spikes and leads to cortisol, like many other folks.. I’d been playing fetch with Mac LOTS every day as he’s a working line dog – as well as bringing him on long walks away from people with dogs, due to his reactivity.

    I have seen a major reduction in Mac’s behaviour in the week and a half that we have stopped playing fetch. We play tug of war instead and do scent work in the yard. On our walk yesterday, another dog was within threshold, and whilst he did react, it was not nearly as bad as what it had been previously. I lured him the other way with his favourite training treat – cheese – and he calmed down a lot quicker than he normally would also.

    I definitely feel like there’s something in that. Going to try some positive association tomorrow (rewarding with cheese when he sees dogs in the distance in the park) and see how much further we can progress.

    Thanks for all the help with every other aspect, though! It’s trial and error with every dog. Mac is my first dog with reactivity and I’m determined to help him no matter how long it takes.

  12. I believe Chop is becoming the dog he should be , He listens to you well you can see he is processing in his mind what your asking, He will be an awesome boy for a responsible owner soon. The puppie series shall be nice to see as well. However i do have a reactive dog myself who is two.

  13. Watching Chop makes me miss my reactive dog. He was wild, no training and picked up as a stray. He taught me so much about dogs body language. Can’t wait to see the puppies!

  14. Good job Chop! And the puppies! Oh how could you choose just one – they are all adorable. Look forward to seeing that series. Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure with Chop.

  15. Zak: Explaining dog reactivity.
    Me: Holy crap, there’s public transit in Anchorage? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

    All the puppies are beautiful, especially the babies with the blue eyes. I’d be a sucker and pick one of those but for training video purposes, a puppy with a high drive might be a good idea.

    I’m going to miss Chop. I’ve become quite fond of him. He’s like a giant teddy bear.

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