Has your dog's on-leash growling, barking, and lunging towards other dogs begun stressing you out? Do you want to understand their behavior better and get some immediate relief?  

The Remote Reactive Rover options will provide you with the same quality training you have come to expect from the Maryland SPCA with the added benefit of working at your pace and from the safety of your own home. There is no right answer regarding how to approach your dog's on-leash behavior. The modular format will give you the option to decide how much information and training you want to be based on your individual goals. Do you live in a rural area and just want to understand your dog's behavior? Then these workshops are a perfect option. Do you live downtown and want to be able to take your dog on regular walks without an on-leash display? You can accomplish that with one-on-one training. Each module builds on the next.

Module One: Understanding your Reactive Dog. Limited to 8 participants, 75-minutes, $40

This is the first step to addressing your dog's on-leash behavior - understanding why they do what they do! You will learn:  

  • how does your dog learn? 
  • why does my dog bark and lunge at other dogs on-leash? 
  • canine body language 101
  • how to manipulate your environment to prevent your dog from rehearsing undesired behavior
  • "find-it" game video demo and practice with your dog
  • A detailed follow-up email with prevention guidelines

Module Two: Enjoying your Walks Again! Limited to 4 participants, 90-minutes, $60

Prerequisite: Module One

  • Review of your dog's on-leash behavior via submitted video  
  • defensive leash handling
  • How to prevent and break up a dog fight. 
  • On-leash greetings, how to say "no"
  • Review and practice the emergency distance creating game with your dog
  • A follow-up email with homework and video resources for prevention techniques

Module Three: Let's Start Training! Initial session (90-minutes) plus one working session with one-on-one coaching (45-minutes): $160

Prerequisite: Module Two

You will have to have a second person or a tripod. One on one coaching will include the following: 

  • a detailed review of your dog's history and working prognosis
  • specific management guidelines based on dog's daily activities and home set-up
  • real-time coaching of prevention and training techniques in the environment of your choice
  • Final training plan with video resources and homework
  • Two-weeks of follow-up email support 
  • Option to schedule more follow-up sessions based on individual goals

Module Four: Take it on the Road! Follow-up one-on-one training sessions: 45-minutes, $70

Prerequisite: Module Three

Your follow-up training sessions will cover the following: 

  • Opportunity to proof new behaviors in different environments
  • recorded training session with video feedback
  • Two weeks of follow-up email support 

For more information or to be placed on a waiting list for upcoming workshops, please email trainer@mdspca.org or call 410-235-8826, ext. 151.

Upcoming Classes:
July 12, 2020

Module Two: Enjoy your walks again — Sunday at 9:00am for 90 minutes

July 26, 2020

Module One: Understanding your Reactive Dog — Sunday at 9:00am for 90 minutes

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