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Title: Teaching Reactive Rover Class #702

When: Ongoing

Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:7CBCC-KSA Knowledge:0
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


To teach a Reactive Rover class in a group setting, there needs to be some cues taught beforehand, so there is less chance of reactivity in class. Dogs need to be escorted to their areas one at a time by the assistant or the trainer, preferably the trainer. All classes must have an assistant or a coach with them in class. Class size must be limited in size and it is a 5-6 week class. Always screen the animal and the handler prior to signing them up for the class. Offer private sessions beforehand if the dog is not suitable material for the class. Always get a history screening of the dog. Ask about strangers, other dogs, etc. Inquire about any biting histories. The goal is to repair or fix the relationship between the client and their dog and help them to understand that it’s a constant management situation, not just a quick fix by taking the class. You begin by teaching the dogs to focus and help them build confidence. During class, you will build up to distractions after you’ve assured the dog can focus or refocus. The dogs will have barriers of some sort and you will slowly remove barriers and add distractions. Kim emphasizes using clickers as a part of the training, as well as other equipment, such as a gentle leader head halter. The first week you would teach “go to your mat”, “find it”, “loose leash walking”, and thresholds. You will also help the handler understand how to beat the bark by learning the dog’s body language and interrupting the unwanted behavior before it happens. This falls back to refocusing and focusing your dog on the handler. Homework is essential for this to be successful. The second week, you teach them how to do more threshold work, mat work, and better leash handling. She mentions to keep your arm bent at your side while holding the leash and not up in the air to leash jerk. There would be more work on finding it, turning to go, and then how to leave it. The third week, is the same as above, but also a fake stuffe

Sponsor: Tawzer Dog

Speaker(s): Kim Moeller