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Now that you've had a chance to read over the management and training aspects of working with reactive dogs, I will be posting some videos I've captured of some of my clients working on their reactivity.
Some of the best work you can do is to PLAN AHEAD. Just waiting to encounter dogs can work for some, but for many this can lead to encounters that are too close or with other reactive dogs. Planning sessions with dogs that are calm or at least that you can create distance from quickly will set you and your dog up for success.
These videos will show the importance of repetition, distance and duration. Additionally I will describe body language and generally how to read relaxed vs tense in the videos. Reading body language when working with your reactive dog is an art, important one.
Additionally, the importance of the delivery of the marker and rewards. When the dog looks at the trigger, the marker should immediately be given (click/yes) and a reward delivered as quickly as possible.
You will notice in these videos that the marker (YES/GOOD) usually causes the dog to look away from the trigger, this is something that takes time to work up to, but if you are too close to the trigger and the dog cannot disengage, move away!
Lastly you will notice that the videos are all very short. This is first, due to the fact that I am a lot more focused on the dogs I am training than actually capturing videos of it, as you should always be! Second, these interactions should be short, especially in the beginning! Short and successful in the beginning equals longer successful interactions later on.
There will be several short videos uploaded over the next few days, so stay tuned!
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