If you've ever been embarrassed by your dog's wailing, screeching, or lunging when you pass other dogs on walks, this is the class for you! In Reactive Rover you'll learn how to see your dog's earliest stress signals, practice how to handle them in a safe, non-judgmental environment, and help teach your dog that other dogs are nothing to worry about. Classes are small – register now before space runs out!
Reactive Rover consists of a mandatory one-hour orientation without dogs that starts at 10:30 a.m. and five(5) 90-minutes sessions with dogs that start at 8:30 a.m. All the dog sessions are outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. This class features a revolving enrollment to best utilize time and experiences for your dogs. Over-excitement, anxiety, and even on-leash aggression are common behavior problems that can affect your daily life. You begin to dread taking your dog out for a walk, and that lack of exercise and stimulation starts to affect your dog's behavior at home. Reactive Rover can help with this!
Class fees due at registration: $300.00
Once you have registered, you may attend any of the orientation classes prior to your selected class time. In orientation, you’ll receive an initial plan and start learning how to read your dog's earliest signals that they are uncomfortable. Over the course of five weeks, your dog will be exposed to new dogs and new locations, and you'll learn through practice and observation of your classmates how to best handle your dog's reaction.
To participate in class you will need to come prepared with a body harness (such as the Freedom harnesses available for purchase at the MD SPCA adoption center), a hands-free leash (we like Ruff Wear brand’s Flat Out leashes, but there are many out there) and a second standard leash. You’ll also need to bring your dog’s very favorite treats – usually real meat or cheese - cut into bits the size of a kernel of corn. No corrective collars or extending/flexi-leads. Classes will be held outside on the property of the MD SPCA, so you and your dog will need to be prepared for inclement weather and slippery terrain.