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The Secret To Solving Reactivity

Reactive dogs are everywhere. Maybe your own dog is reactive. Does your dog bark uncontrollably at other dogs or people while on walks?

Does your dog jump and lunge at dogs or humans while on leash? Or maybe your dog has even bitten you out of frustration while barking at another dog. All of these things can qualify as reactivity.


But what is reactivity? What does that even mean? Does reactivity mean your dog is aggressive? The short answer is no. Reactivity is a blanket term used to describe a dog who reacts inappropriately (and usually excessively) to the stimuli or environment around him; it can stem from several things, including overexcitement, anxiety, and fearfulness.


Reactivity can unknowingly be caused by dog owners themselves, which is why fixing it isn't as simple as watching some youtube videos and reading a few online articles. If this is true, then you are probably wondering if there even is a secret to solving reactivity. The good news is, there is!


Are you ready for the big secret?


Hold your breath, because it is going to BLOW. YOUR. MIND.


The secret to solving reactivity is....

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Get. A. Trainer.


You might be thinking: "Get a trainer? Are you kidding me?"


Not the secret you were hoping for? That's fine. Watch some youtube videos, read some articles, and see where that gets you. Reactivity is no joke, and it is not quite as simple as teaching your dog "sit" or "shake". Without professional help or guidance, you run the risk of making your dog's reactivity worse, and then you will have an even bigger problem on your hand.


The BEST thing you can do for your dog is get professional help. You do not have to make this journey alone.


As a wise trainer once told me - the most expensive the of training is cheap training, or none at all!



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