Ask The Trainer: Leash Reactivity
Dog Trainer, Brent LaBrada, discusses the number three chronic issue that all dog guardians face in dog training; Leash Reactivity. Brent dissects and analyzes why most dogs are reactive on leash, the reasons why and how to solve this issue.
K9s Only Positive Dog Training Philosophy
The primary goal of K9s Only is to produce a companion animal that bonds with and respects its guardian and has the ability and desire to please. It is important to K9s Only, that through working with your family, you will be able to better understand canine behavior and how to effectively communicate with your dog. This is achieved by recognizing that your dog is a living creature with a brain and has the ability to make his own choices. Our trainers influence the dog’s behavior in a natural way, allowing him to make right and wrong choices. It is only through making a wrong decision that your dog can learn and better understand what the expected behavior is.
Our first job is to educate your dog. Once your dog understands what a command means and makes a correct choice, he receives love and praise. When he makes a wrong choice, he is guided to do what is expected of him. Our trainers work with both verbal commands and hand signals so that your dog can make a decision without relying on the leash to guide him. The leash is your backup tool… gently reminding your dog when he fails to make the right decision. It is through positive experiences, given when your dog does as asked, that he learns about good behavior. Although we are not opposed to giving a treat for reward, we do not feel a dog should be bribed to listen to you. Like any relationship in your life, respect is important. Your dog must not only love you, but respect you as well. Remember, he is a pack animal and needs to learn to follow the rules of the leader (you), or he may try to become the leader of the household himself.
We do not believe in working aggressively with an animal. We believe in discipline, just as you would discipline your child in order to prepare that child to become a caring and respectful adult. You would not hit your child to make your point, nor should you strike your dog. However, you will expect your child to live by certain rules and the same goes for your dog. Remember, obedience is a tool that can be used to solve any problem, and often times it is something that could save your dog’s life.
If your dog looks like this on walks…