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Socializing Your Dog I, II and III

Not every dog is ready to join activities with other dogs. If your dog is anxious, fearful or aggressive around other dogs or people, this is the Clinic for you.

 

All You Need to Know About Socializing Your Dog I, II and III


What are they?
On- and off-leash Clinics to help socialize dogs who are nervous, anxious, frightened or mildly aggressive around other dogs or people.

What you and your dog will learn:

In levels I and II, you’ll learn how to make your dog comfortable in unfamiliar situations and around strange dogs or people. You’ll also learn how to teach her to share social space, both on- and off-leash. In level III, you will learn more about dog interactions, how to read other dogs at a distance (the way your dog reads them), how to analyze energies occurring in front of you and the different dynamics of a dog park.

When they meet:

One session every week for six weeks. See registration form for schedule.

What they cost:

$400.00 per dog.

Who they're for (humans):
Everyone who wants their dog to learn to be more sociable with others, whether canine or human. One friend or family member may join you as an observer, to a maximum of two people per dog. Children must be at least seven years old and supervised by a parent. Level II requires completion of Level I by the same human-dog pair.  Level III requires completion of Levels I and II by the same human-dog pair.

Who they're for (dogs):
Dogs must be at least five months old. Proof of current vaccinations is required. Nervous, anxious, fearful and poorly socialized dogs are all welcome. These Clinics are especially ideal for newly adopted rescue dogs (and their humans). Leash-reactive dogs are acceptable. Severely aggressive dogs are not permitted.

What to Bring:
Yourself, in comfortable, casual clothes and sturdy footwear. Your dog, on a short leash. No flexi-leads or harnesses, please. Bring calm and assertive energy!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is leash-reactivity?
Some dogs lunge, bark, snarl or pull at other dogs when on-leash. If that sounds like your dog, you know how embarrassing it can be. This Clinic will provide you with strategies and techniques to help your dog overcome this behavior.
My dog growls and bares her teeth at strange dogs, but has never attacked. Should I be worried?
This is definitely a behavior you want to stop. Helping your dog learn better manners through interaction with other dogs in a controlled situation is what this Clinic is all about. And you will learn ways to remain calm and assertive, thus helping your dog find security.
My dog has been in a couple of fights at the dog park. Is he a "red-zone" dog and will this Clinic help him?
Did he start the fights or was he reacting to another dog’s intrusion into his social space? If it’s not his habit to move aggressively forward without hesitation to attack other dogs, he’s likely not a red-zone dog – and this Clinic can help you diagnose and address your dog’s social imbalance. We’ll show you ways to help him restore his balance through the Walk and, of course, exercise, discipline and affection.
Are levels II and III just for dogs with severe socialization issues and who need more work?
No. They are for anyone who wants to learn more about dog socialization, especially in more stimulating situations such as dog parks.