Yesterday I received my copy of Ali Brown’s new DVD, Reactive Dog Classes: On the Road to Reality. I knew it would supplement my reactive dog rehabilitation library well and was very excited to get it. I couldn’t even wait a day to watch it so I sat down to view it last night.
If you’re familiar with Ali’s books Scaredy Dog and Focus Not Fear, then much of what you see and hear in the DVD will be very familiar to you. But, if you’re in a similar situation to the one I’ve always found myself in, you may not have a reactive dog class nearby. This DVD is a great resource for those people that must go it alone when working with their reactive dog. All of the exercises (and several others) outlined in Ali’s books are presented on the DVD in an easy to follow manner. In fact, if you’re a visual learner, you’ll probably get a lot out of the DVD as it’s much easier to really see how the exercises are implemented.
I also liked how there was a nicely broken down menu so you can easily find the section you’re looking for. It makes it much easier to reference the exercises later.
Watching the DVD, I felt much like I did when I first read Scaredy Dog. I can’t remember how many times I said “Yep. That’s Risa” in reference to how another dog behaved or a behavior Ali was discussing. Even with my familiarity with the books and reactivity, I still found some exercises I’d like to try and implement in Risa’s training. If only I can find some willing participants!
On top of everything else I enjoyed on this DVD, it was nice to see so many dogs and people I knew. Including Risa and myself. I feel so honored that both Risa and I could be a part of this DVD seeing how instrumental Ali (through her books) was in my identifying and beginning to work on Risa’s reactivity almost 5 years ago. Though I will admit seeing Risa’s reaction to the ridgeback at the APDT trial was a bit unexpected, it’s okay. 🙂 That’s part of living with and trialing with the Mutt. And it makes a great example. I couldn’t help but grin like a fool when I watched Risa’s backwards circles, though. She was so HAPPY!
All-in-all, you can’t go wrong with this DVD. Any owner of a reactive dog should really add it to their collection.