Cass’ owners contacted us for some work on his reactivity with other dogs and fear reactivity with traffic, particularly larger vehicles and at faster speeds.
They’d already had some previous sessions with some very reputable trainers and put in a whole load of foundations. His basic obedience was already great and this really helped to move things along.
Generally, reactivity stems from a disengagement with the owners and fixation on external stimuli. Once you’ve built a dogs level of obedience up to a decent standard the dogs comprehension helps it to navigate the world of do’s and don’ts. Cass’ reactivity was actually much milder than they assumed and we were able to have him coexisting with our stooge dogs in no time.
Next we tackled his reactivity to traffic which usually results in him backing away and cowering, or refusing to walk entirely. Because of the work we’d put in prior, Cass was in a very different state of mind and handled what we threw at him as good as you could possibly ask for.
On the way back to the facility one of Cass’ owners walked him past two Husky’s on a narrow path, on the side of a busy intersection and he did it without issue.
It’s really refreshing to see people put so much time, energy and resource into a dog that really was milder than they thought. It’s so important to remember that most behaviour issues do not get FIXED. They require knowledge, application and repetition to be improved. Without understanding that YOU will need to put work in too, you’ll get nowhere fast.
Well done guys, you absolutely killed it and I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with Cass moving forwards.