Cleveland Dog Training Day Camp

Reactive to Proactive: Day Camp and Training for "Aggressive" Dogs

Aggressive Dog Training Camp

When we hear the phrase “aggressive dog” and “aggressive dog training” we typically tend to believe your furry friend is not likely aggressive – they’re reactive. It’s a common misclassification of dog behavior and can be difficult to differentiate aggressive dog behavior from reactive behavior. If you’re looking for aggressive dog training, read more to determine if you’re dog is more likely classified as reactive, or call us. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

Aggressive Dog or Reactive Dog?

Does your dog bark, growl, lunge, and otherwise behave in embarrassing ways when you are out walking, from behind the gate, or at the front window? Do they appear aggressive when you know they are a sweetheart? Or maybe they become incredibly frustrated if they cannot go say “hi” to people or other dogs. Then you have what we call a “reactive” dog. And we can help you resolve this behavior. Two great articles to provide more insight into determining if you need an aggressive dog training camp or some behavior modification for your reactive dog can be found here:

  1. AKC: “What Is Aggression? Reactivity vs. Aggression
  2. Animal Wellness: “Reactive vs. aggressive dogs

Reactivity comes usually from one of two emotions your dog is feeling; fear or over-excitement. Your dog is triggered by something they see or hear; usually other dogs, people, vehicles, or bicycles. When they are triggered they display their emotions by showing some pretty big behaviors. While these behaviors are often embarrassing for us and are challenging to control, your dog is having a difficult time, they are not trying to give you a difficult time.

Dog Training for Reactive Dogs: Two Options

At Sits ‘n Wiggles we provide you the education and tools to help your dog overcome the emotions he or she is feeling so the behavior they display is lessened. No more “aggressive dog.” Sits ‘n Wiggles offers two dog training options to assist your reactive dog. Our Reactive to Proactive Group Class and our Reactive to Proactive Day School.

Reactive to Proactive Group Class

Our Reactive to Proactive Group Class is a small 6-week class led by our well-qualified professional dog trainers. During the 6-week class, we teach you how to help manage your dog’s reactive behavior. We also work on changing your dog’s emotions to their trigger through counter conditioning.

Reactive to Proactive Day School

Our Reactive to Proactive Day School is a 5-week program, similar to a dog day camp. For 5-weeks you drop your dog off at the Training Center 4 days a week to have your dog trained by our professional dog trainers. On Saturday mornings you join our Reactive to Proactive group class so that you can learn what your dog has learned during the week at their doggie day camp. We will work on basic manners, foundational skills to manage their reactivity, and counter conditioning to resolve their reactive behavior.

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