In the Spring of 2013, I presented a talk and info session on this very topic. Joining me with their invaluable expertise were trainer, Lauren Ranghelli, and compassionate and dedicated Animal Welfare Department officer, Captain Albert Marquez. We did this presentation for
An excellent how-to video that explains how to change your dog’s reactive behavior on a walk, using positive reinforcement, treats, and a clicker.
The more our little dog sounded those barking alarms, the more our two bigger dogs began to follow suit. Soon, we ended up with three barking dogs who got so caught up in their barking frenzy that they did not want to hear what we said to the contrary. I was struck with an idea. Instead of berating the misbehaving dog, why not praise the dogs who are doing the right thing? And it worked.