Virtual: Relaxing Your Dog’s Reactivity | PAWS Chicago

Virtual: Relaxing Your Dog’s Reactivity

Positive reinforcement training for your reactive pup

Does your pup lose its cool when other dogs or people walk by? Do you have a hard time walking your dog because of reactive behavior? Are you and your pup too stressed to enjoy time outside together? Then this class is for you!

For many dogs, going for a walk and encountering people or other dogs can be exciting, frustrating, or even scary. In this class, you will receive the tools to help handle reactivity in the moment, as well as to decrease underlying fear and frustration over time. This class provides a safe learning environment, virtually in your own home, to help build fundamentals and confidence.

The Basics

  • Number of Classes: Orientation video plus 5 live, 40-minute weekly classes.  Classes will meet the same day/time each week. Orientation video will be sent to participants in advance of the first class.
  • Length of Class: 40 minutes
  • Class Structure: Training Via Zoom
  • Age: 6 months and older
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Price: $175

What You'll Learn 

  • Understanding dog body language and trigger stacking
  • How to recognize and address impulse control issues vs. fear reactivity
  • Tools and basic obedience exercises to help handle reactivity in the moment
  • Counter-conditioning methods to help decrease underlying fear over time

The following are required for participation:

  1. Leash: A five- or six-foot leash (no retractable or chain leashes).
  2. Collar/Harness: Martingale collar, buckle collar or training harness.
  3. Clicker: This training tool can be purchased online or at any pet supply store.
  4. Treat carrier: A bag, pouch, fanny pack, apron with pocket or deep pocket that provides easy access to treats.
  5. Treats: Lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats. Cut up pieces of cheese or hot dogs are good choices, as are soft treats made specifically for training. (Experiment in advance to discover what your puppy really loves.)
  6. Bed, mat or rug: Soft surface your puppy can learn to lie down on.
  7. Chew toy or stuffed Kong (optional): May be helpful to keep your puppy entertained during downtime.
  • The first session begins with a one-hour orientation (leave dogs at home, please) and then consists of five one-hour training sessions with your dog.
  • Please be on time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and nonskid shoes. Flip flops, sandals and heels are not recommended.
  • The use of cell phones is not permitted during class.
  • Do not feed your dog before class. A hungry dog is more motivated to learn.
  • Give your dog time to relieve himself before class.

Start training your dog today!

Our goal is to help you properly care for, socialize and train your dog in a positive, non violent yet highly effective manner.