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Reactive Dog Class

Reactive Dog Class: Help for Your Feisty Fido

In this class we will show you how to change your dog's on-leash reactive behavior. You will learn to lower stress (in both you and your dog), build calmness and attention, train alternate behaviors to reactivity and/or over arousal, reinforce the absence of reactivity, and most importantly build your dog's confidence and trust in you to support a safe emotional state which will facilitate behavior change.

We understand that there are many details you need to know in order to make an informed decision about registering for the Reactive Dog class. Please look over this page or contact us for more information.



Information about registration
• Starting date and time for the next class
• Info and registration for a working spot (with your dog)
• What is the fee for a working spot?
• How to audit the class (without your dog)
• Class instructors
• What to bring to class
• How do I submit my equipment video before Class 2?
• Fill out the Behavior Questionnaire (needed for a working spot)
• Basic class info at a glance
• Class refund and withdrawal policy (Read before registering)

What You Need To Know About the Class
• Is this class right for your dog? (Be sure before registering)
• What will you learn in this class?
• What behavior issues are NOT covered in this class?
• What results can you expect from class?
• Equipment requirements for class
• Class setup to keep your dog safe.
• Read what others have said about this class.

Is this class right for your dog? Click here to find out.
Note: Please read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions. There are no refunds or credits once class has begun.

Upcoming Classes:

This class is a 6-week class, with the first one done online in the comfort of your home. There are 5 weeks of hands-on instruction and coaching with your dog. The next class begins on

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7 p.m.

(Ends 2/13/19)

Class schedule:

•  1/9/19- online videos you watch to prepare you for class;
•  1/16/19- 1st class with dogs;
•  1/23/19- 2nd class with dogs;
•  1/30/19- 3rd class with dogs;
•  2/6/19- 4th class with dogs (outside in secure area; possibly off site)
•  2/13/19- Last class with dogs away from Lucky Dog

Class One: Online Videos.
By watching the online seminar and homework videos you will learn about reasons for reactivity, gain a better understanding of your dog's body language so you will have critical information about his emotional state of mind, and be introduced to some of the tools and techniques we will use to manage your dog's reactivity. The link to view the videos online will be emailed to you.

You may also choose to watch just the online seminar, or audit the class without your dog (see details below.) If all the working spots are full, this is also the best way to potentially get a spot should someone have to drop out at the last minute.

It is critical before your bring your dog to class that you spend some time every day at home working on the first set of tools outlined in the videos.

Class Two : 1st Class With Dogs (5 classes in total with your dog)
Begining on 1/16/19 everyone will attend with their dog.

Classes Three through Six: Addtional classes with your dog
There are a total of 5 classes with your dog. Some will be inside at Lucky Dog and two may be off-site (including the last class which will be in Abacoa in Jupiter).

Equipment Check
After we evaluate the video you are asked to provide of you walking with your dog, we will determine if your dog requires new equipment. (If not, you do not need an equipment appointment.) This appointment is only for gear changes and is to be sure that your dog is wearing the right equipment to keep him safe and provide you with proper control on walks. Your dog's equipment will be changed or adjusted as needed. You will be given an appointment so that we can work with you and evaluate or change your dog's equipment. (Send in your video now so we can do an evaluation.)

Suitable equipment may include a martingale (limited slip) or regular collar; a harness (regular or the more typically recommended control harness (such as the Easy Walk, Freedom, or Sensible); a head collar (such as a Gentle Leader or Halti).
Your dog will not be permitted to wear either a pinch or choke collar in class. Bring what you have so that we can check the fit; or purchase the recommended equipment when you arrive. A regular leash is also required; no retractable leashes are permitted. We will schedule an appointment with you to accomplish this.

Notes about required crate:

You will be required to bring (or rent) a crate for classes 2 and 3. A crate is an important place to keep your pet secure when he or she is not working, as well as a place for your dog to rest and process information. Ask us for our crate training handout if your dog is not familiar with being crated. (Feeling comfortable in a crate is a gift you teach your dog to prepare for travel or boarding, visits to the groomer or unexpected stays at your veterinarian.) Feel free to contact us with questions. See below about the option to rent a crate for the two days it's needed.

Crate Rental: Don't have a crate or don't want to shlep it? Crate rentals are available at $15 per night (for the two nights). Your crate will be set up, clean, and ready for you when you arrive. Please make advance arrangements; there are a limited number of crates for rent. (Want to make your dog more comfortable being in a crate? Set up a private lesson to work on this issue or ask for a handout.)

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Follow These Steps to Take This Class...

1- Register for a Working Spot

FEE: $349 per dog for 6-week course (both spouses may attend).
To register,

2- Submit the Behavior Questionnaire

CLICK HERE to fill it out online. After you register for a working spot you will need to return this to us as soon as possible. You may have worked with us before and submitted behavior information in the past. Please fill out this short form anyway.

3-Submit a video clip

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to submit your video. Please do this as soon as you're registered. The sooner we receive it the better.

To tell if your dog needs to come for a gear check on Day Two, you will be asked to submit a short video of you walking your dog in a safe area on his or her regular equipment so that we can evaluate your dog's equipment needs. We need this video as soon as you register for class so please work on that and get it to us asap. If no equpment change is needed, no appointment is necessary and you can use this time to work at home on the homework lessons we will provide to you. You are also welcome to request a class two appointment to discuss any homework questions you may have after viewing the homework video. Please submit your video(s) to both Dr. Radosta (info@flvetbehavior.com) and myself (woof@luckydogsportsclub.com).

Additional Info:

Class Size: Working spots are limited to 6 dogs per class so don't wait to register. Unlimited auditing spots (observe wihout your dog; see details below).

Head Instructor: Dr. Lisa Radosta, board certified veterinary behaviorist.
Assistant Instructors: Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA. Also assisting will be one of Dr. Radosta's behavior nurses.

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Auditing The Course (without your dog)

You may register to attend the 5 sessions without your dog and observe the class. This also includes the online seminar and all of the class handouts and videos. You may want to register to audit if you want to be first on the waiting list for a working spot. Occasionally, there are withdrawals due to unforeseen cirmcumstances after the first or second class.

Fee to audit: $150 per auditor (one fee for both spouses)

Register To Audit Class

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What You Need To Know

What is a Reactive Dog?
(Is this class right for your dog?)

In this class we only deal with dogs that are reactive while on-leash. For other types of issues, please contact us for a private lesson.

Reactive dogs are not hard to spot.

•  While on leash your feisty fidos may lunge at people or dogs that get too close.

• They may also bark loudly, and/or growl and some may even try to bite anyone foolish enough to get close.

• The reactive dog can appear threatening to other people as he or she jumps, barks and stares.

Reactive dogs tend to stress out their embarrassed owners as these owners try to keep passersby safe from their intimidating or noisy best friend. This aggression is fear based and this behavior is called reactivity. On the other end of the spectrum is the dog that's too afraid to go anywhere and will hide, tremble, or whine. If your dog can't calm down within a few seconds, he or she is probably a reactive dog.

There is no longer a need to feel lost or confused when your dog becomes reactive. This very special class will help you change or manage your dog that overreacts in new situations or with new people or other dogs while on leash.

In the Reactive Dog class and your dog will learn many things.

• Your feisty Fido will learn how to feel more confident and comfortable in different situations and around other dogs and will gain more trust in you.

• We will work to change your dog's problem behaviors and replace them with more appropriate behaviors.

• You will have new skills to utilize in these once-stressful situations and you will relax as well knowing what to do and how to avoid or manage the triggers that were once unpredictable.

• You will learn to read your dog and communicate on a different level.

• You will acquire the tools you need to understand and handle your dog with confidence.

• Learn what your leash-reactive dog is doing, why he's doing it, and how to change it.

• Teach your dog to relax and trust and overcome fear and anxiety, the root of his or her reactivity.

• Develop a better working relationship with your dog.

• Learn how to decrease the stress in your dog and teach him or her confidence and focus. With decreased stress real learning can begin.

• Learn calming and management techniques, coping responses, and emergency escape exercises.

• Work with your dog in a controlled, supportive environment with a small group of dog owners who understand your issues because they share them.

Who is this class NOT appropriate for?

All of the behaviors listed below are best handled in a private session; they are not addressed in this class. Please contact us if you are not sure if this is the right class for your dog's issues. There are no refunds once the class begins.

• Dogs whose only issue is guarding resources such as their food dish or toys.

• Dogs that jump on people in a friendly manner. We can address that issue in a private lesson. That is not fear-based reactivity.

• Dogs who are primarily scared of noises.

• Dogs who fight with the other dog(s) in their household but are fine with dogs outside the home.

• Dogs who have bitten a person. Dr. Radosta must do a private consultation before admitting your dog into the Reactive Dog class.

• Dogs who are only a problem to visitors inside the home but aren't a problem on leash to people outside the home.

• Dogs whose problems are not primarily due to leash reactivity. This class is designed to modify the behavior of dogs that react while on the leash.
• People who are not willing to attend every class and work hard (daily practice) to effect change in their dog's behavior.

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What Results Can You Expect?

The cause and severity of each dog's reactivity will vary, therefore each dog's individual improvement in class will vary. Some dogs will show fast improvement, while others may take months after the conclusion of class to continue to improve. In certain cases we may also suggest private lessons to help your particular dog. While we can't guarantee your dog's progress, we will do everything possible to help you be as successful as possible.

Class Setup to Avoid Reactivity in Class

In class, the dogs will be separated from each other by the use of visual barriers. Slowly, as you gain skills and your dog gains confidence and starts to shed fears, the individual dogs will begin to work together from a decreasing distance. The counter-conditioning and desensitization training and handling techniques are personalized for each dog's emotional readiness and needs.

The Reactive Dog class is initially held indoors. As the dogs and owners gain skills we move to a secure, fenced area outside and finally graduate to a real-life environment.


Results from this class, of course, will vary due to a number of factors such as the severity of the presenting behavioral problem and the dedication of the owner to consistently practice the exercises taught in the class. Here is what some graduates had to say about the Reactive Dog class:

"What a great experience it has been for Titus and I to participate in this course--actually life-changing! I feel so much more confident in dealing with situations that used to petrify me!!"

"You are very special. Your expertise, professionalism and dedication is so evident!"

"It has been a year now since Bear and I came to Lucky Dog for our private lessons and then participated in the reactive dog class. I just wanted to say Thank You! While I don't think he will ever be completely over his reaction to other dogs, I can at least walk him without too much of an issue when we do run into other dogs. My ability to handle him at home is much better as well. I am never without a treat. Applying the things I learned over the past year has really helped make our "relationship" much better."

"Just sending a quick note to thank you again for helping us learn how to help Luna in Reactive Dog class. Last night at Abacoa with the other dogs made me realize how far Luna has come in just 6 weeks. I can't say I wasn't nervous the whole time since she was closer to other dogs than we usually let her get on leash, but I was pleasantly surprised and extremely proud of her. We will definitely keep practicing and I know that she will only get better and better."

"Hi Mindy and Dr. Radosta. I just wanted you to know that I am meeting new dogs whenever I can. I try to only meet calm dogs to help keep my excitement down a little. :-) I have attached a picture with me and my new friend Duke that I got to meet on a walk one day!! I was so excited, and he is such a good dog, I even got to play with him!! Now I look forward to seeing him every time I go on my walks. Hope all is going good with you both and want to say thank you for such a great class! I would love to try agility next, so you never know when you might see me again! Thanks again, and take care." Sailor

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Image Information for photos, below:
Top two images, below: Dogs initially work behind visual barriers and then come out with supervision and instruction to practice new skills.
Bottom image: Graduation night! The dogs are comfortable being near one another and walking together in a real-life situation.
(Click on this last photo to see the video, Last Night of Reactive Dog Class, on our YouTube page.)

Dogs initially work behind visual barriers and then come out with supervision and instruction 

Click on picture, above, to watch video of graduation night.

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Information for Working Spots (see above for Auditing the class or attending the seminar only):

 Fee: $349.00 for a working spot

 Class Length: Six (6) 1 hour instructional sessions including an online seminar (plus 1 equipment check session if needed)

 Class Size: up to 6 dogs

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  Read the Class Withdrawal & Refund Policy

 Please be sure the schedule and class will work for you  and your dog before registering. There are no refunds, credits or makeups once class  has begun.


Secure Online Registration For Workng Spot Only

Secure Online Registration For Auditing Spot (without your dog) or Seminar Only

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