We had this handsome lad in today for some help with his dog reactivity and it was a little different to one our usual reactivity training approaches.
Vinnie has undergone police training but unfortunately didn’t make the final cut. He’s since been with his current owners a little over a year now and they’ve been struggling with his reactivity pretty much ever since.
After getting him out with one of our stooge dogs we could see he was simply frustrated at not getting to interact with dogs on his own terms. This is typically the most common type of reactivity and is sometimes referred to as barrier frustration.
Vinnie’s owner attends a training class and has found success in stopping the reactivity in the group class, but not having success transferring that in day-to-day life. This is common in reactive dogs and a big reason why we utilise different stooge dogs and focus on adding variables that will appear elsewhere.
After a chat about what was planned for Vinnie we decided that he would be best suited to trying his hands in the competition sport world of IGP. With his level of drive, possession, confidence and basic training, he’s in a great position to harness his desire to be working towards something positive.
Typically high drive comes with reactivity and rather than trying to squash the reactivity out of the dog, training Vinnie to work and implementing control rather than counter conditioning his response is a better fit for him and his owner.
Showing Vinnie’s owners how to handle him effectively, the what and why of his reactivity, and some fundamental competitive obedience will yield a better dog than simply stopping the reactivity altogether.
After going through these multiple elements he was sitting between two of our stooge dogs without issue.
Watch this space for future updates on Vinnie and his new journey towards what he was bred to do!