Category Archives: Classical Conditioning

Small Steps

When living with a fearful or reactive dog, training is all about small steps. You have to pay attention to and celebrate the minor successes. There aren’t likely to be any major accomplishments at first. In fact, the only way … Continue reading

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Constant Vigilance!

Owners of reactive dogs are like “Mad-Eye” Moody from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. Moody is a fairly paranoid ex-auror (magical law enforcement officer) who is known to belt out his catchphrase “CONSTANT VIGILANCE!” I remember reading those words … Continue reading

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General Thoughts and Resources about Reactivity

I know there are a lot of reactive dogs out there and people have varying ways of dealing with their dog’s reactions. For sure, owning a reactive dog is a challenge. It’s embarrassing. You feel like you should be doing … Continue reading

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