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Reactive Dog Programme

Reactive Dog Programme

You Are Not Alone

This programme consists of two levels of courses for owners with dogs “with issues”. Dogs that have trouble coping with our modern life. Dogs that bark at strangers in the street. Dogs that don’t want to be petted. Dogs that bark and lunge at the mail man or your mother-in-law. Dogs that fight at the dog park. Dogs that have bitten. Dogs that have been labelled “aggressive” or “fearful”.

Many dogs have trouble coping with the things that are required of “the modern pet”. You are not alone.

Irrespective of your dog’s background and the cause of the “issues”, there are things we can do to help. We cannot, however, make any promises as regards whether we can "cure" your dog, because your dog’s reactivity, as well as the result of the training, will vary depending on many factors, including:

- how you treat your dog from day to day;
- what levels of stress your dog is subjected to on a daily basis;
- your dog’s background;
- your dog’s life experiences to date;
- your dog’s early puppyhood socialization (if any);
- your dog’s inherited temperament traits.

IN THIS CLASS, WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT

Having a reactive dog is often both exhausting and embarrassing. It can be quite daunting at times. Frustrating. Frightening. Disappointing. Depressing. Infuriating. And, at times, heart-breaking.

Our first consideration is to create an environment and an atmosphere where everybody, humans and dogs, can feel SAFE.

In order for our dogs to learn about the world around them, never mind being able to train with you, we need to learn how to create an environment where our dogs can feel SAFE and learn to RELAX in the presence of the things that used to trigger their fears or aggression.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

Before being accepted into the Reactive Dog Programme, your dog must have been assessed by us as suitable for the programme, either through having done private behaviour consultations with us or through a Behaviour Evaluation.

After this, your first class is the 2hr Orientation class without dogs. CLICK HERE for the schedule.

The Reactive Dog Programme consists of two levels:

Level I = Basic Reactivity Protocols
Learning to exist and work in the presence of your stress triggers (other dogs, etc).

Level II = Interaction Protocols
Learning to interact with your stress triggers. Each class is 60 mins.
Pre-requisite: Graduated from Level I.

Watch these videos to see what a class may look like towards the end of Level II:
Dega meets Kubuki the decoy dog for the first time.

Reactive students Caper and Dega get up close and personal for the first time.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

As a Cowichan Canine Reactive Dog Programme student, you pick your own classes from the schedule, and you can come to class as often as you want.

Classes are offered several times a week. Please see our online schedule.

Level I classes are held indoors at our Training Centre at #106-3501 Chaster Road in Duncan.

Level II classes are held outdoors in Cobble Hill.

ROLLING ENROLLMENT
- NO NEED TO WAIT FOR CLASSES TO BEGIN!

Once we have completed the Behaviour Evaluation, your first, compulsory class of the Reactive Dog Programme is the Orientation Class. This is a 2-hour theory lesson WITHOUT dogs.

ORIENTATION CLASS SCHEDULE

For upcoming orientation classes, CLICK HERE.

PLEASE ARRIVE 15-20 MINS EARLY IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE REGISTRATION FORM OR PAID BEFOREHAND.

Please bring registration form, your dog's vaccination record, and your payment.

MODULAR SCHEDULE
- COME TO CLASS WHEN IT SUITS YOU

Once you have attended the Orientation class, you need to book your own class times on the online schedule. You can come to class as often as you wish.

Module "Manners":

o Come When Called
o Leave It
o Name Game
o Settle
o Sit

o How to say “Please”
o Mental Stimulation

Module "Conditioning":

o Counter-conditioning
o Emergency Recall
o Habituation & Desensitization
o Relaxation

o Trading Instead of Fighting – Let’s Share!
o Food & Toy Management

Module "Walking":

o Polite Walking
o Line Handling

o Distance is Your Friend
o Walking in the Presence of Stress-Triggers

 

Our Instructor:Student ratio in this programme is 1:3 or better.

HOMEWORK

The curriculum is written on the basis that students attend class regularly and complete homework assignments between each class. 

FAMILY MEMBERS ATTENDING CLASS

Your spouse or significant other is welcome to attend to help with class and with exercises, or just to observe.

Children under the age of 16 years of age are prohibited from attending this class.

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT CLASS FEES


TO BOOK AN EVALUATION

You are welcome to call us to discuss your dog's training options. To book an Evaluation, please go to our Online Shop, and submit your payment. We will contact you as soon as we receive your payment and send you the Behaviour Information Form. Once we receive the form back from you, we will set up your dog’s Evaluation session at our Training Centre. 

CALL US TODAY to discuss yours and your dogs needs: 778-455-1985 or email info@cowichancanine.ca

Welcome to our Reactive Dog Programme – we journey together!

What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

I had the good fortune and pleasure to take the Foundation Program at Cowichan K9 this winter with my lab cross puppy Cody. Cody just turned 8 months when we graduated with distinction from this awesome training experience. Bev, Karen, and Glenda were terrific and facilitated our learning with clear instruction, helpful tips, and much kindness and caring. I've worked with dogs all my life and was amazed at how much I learned participating in this program and now Cody and I get to benefit daily from our indelible experience with you. Training with such positive reinforcement, small class size, and expert facilitation enhanced our relationship beyond measure and will continue to do so now that we have the tools and understanding. Cody travels on rounds with me and is continually being complimented on his fine manners and keen willingness to please. I am so proud of him! Attending our classes at Cowichan Canine was the highlight of each week and will continue to be as we begin agility classes and scent games. I can't thank you enough for how your program has enriched our relationship and daily life together. I recommend all my clients take their dogs to Cowichan Canine. Every one can benefit! p.s. Your Christmas party was the highlight of the season, hands down! Class act: so many happy, well behaved dogs and their people, games and prizes, Santa and presents, incredibly delicious appies and meatballs galore for all. That was the best Christmas function I've ever attended! Thank you again -

Dr Brenda Bernhardt
Cowichan Veterinary HouseCall Services

Lisbeth -I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Lexy is doing great. We are so proud of her. In the last month it seems like she has realized that life is ok here and she doesn’t have to worry anymore. Resource guarding gone. No more worried looks. Even the door is ok now. When familiar people come she doesn’t even bother getting off the couch anymore and minimal barking with any other comings and goings. I have had her off leash a fair bit and she listens when I call her. And she regularly turns around to see where I am. Best of all, she loves to swim and she loves the sailboat. Thanks for all your help – Warm regards from us and Lexy !!

Carmen Hildebrand, Shibui Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Maple Bay

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