Growly Dog Foundations Class

Our leash reactive dog foundations class focuses on building a strong relationship between the owner & the dog, teaching essential skills for managing reactivity, and empowering owners to continue training and support beyond the class setting

Understanding leash reactivity:

  • Definition of leash reactivity and its common triggers.
  • Recognizing signs of stress and anxiety in dogs.
  • Understanding the impact of leash tension on dog behavior.

Positive reinforcement training principles:

  • Basics of positive reinforcement training.
  • Using rewards effectively to modify behavior.
  • Importance of timing and consistency in training.

Desensitization and counterconditioning techniques:

  • Gradual exposure to triggers at a manageable distance.
  • Pairing triggers with positive experiences and rewards.
  • Creating a positive association with previously stressful stimuli.

Management strategies:

  • Techniques for managing reactivity during walks.
  • Using equipment such as front-clip harnesses or head halters.
  • Setting up controlled environments for training.

Handling skills for owners:

  • Techniques for staying calm and confident during reactive episodes.
  • Proper leash handling to minimize tension and communicate effectively.
  • Reading canine body language to anticipate reactions.

Building focus and engagement:

  • Games and exercises to increase focus and engagement with the owner.
  • Teaching the dog to check in with the owner during walks.
  • Incorporating interactive toys and activities into training sessions.

Owner support and resources:

  • Providing resources for further reading and learning about canine behavior.
  • Offering support and guidance for managing reactivity outside of class.
  • Creating a supportive community for owners to share experiences and advice.

Tuition: $510

NINE 60-minute sessions to be completed in 5 weeks.

Class Format:

Zoom Orientation
FIVE 60-minute group class sessions.
FOUR 60-minute Zoom sessions to troubleshoot practice work

Mountain View – Class starts April 20th 2024

Pet Sitting to the Max (map)
Class Sessions Saturday 2.00 to 3.00 PM

Weekly Zoom Q&A and Troubleshooting Sessions: Thursday 6.30 OM to 7.30 PM

The FIRST TWO in person classes are “People Only”.

What Our Clients Say

“I took several classes with D For Dog and loved all of them. I really enjoyed that many of the classes were held in different locations around town so your pup gets to practice the skills in the real world.”

Kelly L, Mom of River & Kaylee, Pitbull puppie

“The one thing that sets Kaajal apart from other trainers is that she uses Positive reinforcement methods and is remarkably good at training humans in how they connect with their puppy as that sets the right foundation.”

Mikkin P, Dad of Munchkin, a Labradoodle Puppy