Chicago Puppy Training

Leash Reactivity Dog Training Classes


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Does your dog growl or even snap at other dogs while on leash? If so, you probably already know how challenging it can be to work on training - in order to build tolerance towards other dogs, you need to be around them, and this can make the problem worse. That's why the leash reactivity course is so great! You can practice being around other dogs, in a very controlled environment where all the participants are in the same situation.

In our Leash Reactivity class, we use large barriers that keep the dogs hidden from each other until they are brought out for various exercises, usually no more than one or two at a time in the beginning. The exercises are geared towards desensitizing dogs towards each other, such as seeing them from a distance, and from the use of props. By the end of the 6-week course, many of the dogs can pass each other and are much lower on the reactivity scale.

We also give you home exercises, so you can keep practicing in between sessions.

The room is spacious, so the dogs have plenty of room to spread out. The class size is small, so it is not overwhelming to the dogs. In addition, the trainer is highly expererienced in helping dogs with reactivity issues. No dogs are ever allowed off leash during this course.

Highlights from a Leash Reactivity Class

David was a great trainer. He paid attention to the dogs all as individuals and gave personalized coaching within the bigger group. As someone who has owned dogs my whole life, I was excited to learn new and effective walking and leash techniques. We’ve seen a great improvement in Bisou’s leash reactivity and feel like we are equipped to continue working on her skills post-class.

- Sarah Podella

Number of classes: 6

Time duration: 1 hour per class

Prerequisites: None

Ages: No age restrictions.

Schedule and prices:  Click here

Positive reinforcement only: As with all training classes at Tucker Pup's, this course uses only positive reinforcement techniques such as treats and praise. We do not use shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, yelling, poking, yanking, or other dominance methods to achieve success. Many trainers use dominance methods and call them "positive." Our methods are truly positive and have worked wonders on thousands of dogs just like yours. If you have questions about positive reinforcement, please call us.

Don't delay - we take enrollment 365 days per year, and answer calls from 7am to 7pm each day. Any request submitted after 7pm will be processed the next morning. Classes fill up quickly.

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