Let us help you teach your dog how to work in a group class setting. Your dog will also learn to walk by other dogs without making a scene. Advanced dogs will learn to give polite greetings to other dogs and will be able to progress into our regular group class program after they complete our Reactive Dog Classes.
Through continued exposure both in Reactive Dog Classes and,
hopefully, followed by some of our other fun classes, your dog will
learn to accept, tolerate, and even enjoy being around other dogs. We
will teach your dog to be calm and quiet and that when he has questions
about how to behave, he should look to you for guidance.
Unlike our typical open enrollment classes, Reactive Dog 1 is a 6-week workshop. This means that the Reactive 1 course will meet once per week for six weeks with the same class. This is to minimize the amount of disruption
during each class, which will help to ensure lower stress levels and
optimal learning. After six weeks, the instructor will let you know whether or not your dog is ready to move into Reactive 2, or whether you should plan on repeating Reactive 1.
Reactive 2 and 3 follow our normal open enrollment class design.
There will be mandatory equipment to purchase for Reactive Dog Class, which should cost no more than $40. Mandatory equipment includes a head collar, a double-ended leash or two leashes, a mat, and a treat pouch. Depending on your dog, your dog may be required to wear a muzzle, which will also need to be purchased by you. Please do not purchase equipment until you come to Orientation, as we have specific recommendations about the best equipment for class.
This class is not appropriate for children.
This class is also not appropriate for dogs who have injured another
dog. This class is not appropriate for human aggressive dogs. If you are unsure if your dog is appropriate for this class,
please contact us at [email protected]
or 301-530-0860. If your dog is not appropriate for a group class, please consider our Private Training Sessions
, which may be the perfect fit to provide you with training and to prepare your dog to enter our group class program.
You must attend an Orientation
session before attending a Reactive Dog Class. All classes are 50 minutes in length.