Unlike our other classes, Reactive Recovery is a linear class. This means you commit to attending on the same day of the week, at the same time, for six consecutive weeks. (Occasionally, there may be a week off due to a holiday or instructor illness.) The first class is an orientation class just for dog owners; dogs attend weeks 2-6.
The owners-only class in Week 1 covers the skills you need to learn to effectively train your dog. Your instructor will explain our positive training methods and guide you through exercises so you know what to do with your dog. They’ll also demonstrate the equipment we recommend for class, and help you create a management plan to immediately stop your dog’s behavior from getting any worse and keep them safe.
In Weeks 2-6, you will teach your dog exactly what to do when they see another dog. Along the way, your dog will learn to look forward to other dogs approaching, because good things happen when they do. This class will change your dog’s mind about strange dogs.
While it’s not the focus of the class, the exercises in Reactive Recovery enhance your dog’s basic manners training, including walking politely on leash and coming when called. Your dog will be more responsive to you, and you’ll be able to more clearly communicate with each other.