This program is designed for the dog who is uncomfortable or becomes overly excited in the presence of strangers, other dogs or both. Most dogs express this by lunging, barking, pulling, they have dilated pupils and their hackles are raised. Most people think their dog is aggressive but really, they have no choice, because when on a leash we take their ability to flee the situation away. Other dogs shut down, hiding behind their owners with their tails tucked between their legs, ears pinned back, they may shake and lick their lips or drool, and/or shed excessively. If this sounds like your dog, then you are in the right place.  Stevie Fields CBST  and Stephanie Dowdell, PCT-A have developped a program just for your dog. 

Stevie and Stephanie have teamed up with Linda Hoover, Companion Animal Practitioner and developed a comprehensive program that is designed to help your dog from the inside out. This is a 9 week program and starts off with a half hour consultation with a trainer. We go over your enrollment form and create a functional assessment making sure the program is right for you.

After your assessment you will schedule a two hour private with Linda Hoover. 

What is Tellington TTouch, and how can it help my dog?
TTouch  (the extra T is for Trust) is a method of working with animals. 
There are 3 aspects: 
we communicate with the animal and relate to the animal; 
we use touch and movement to influence the behavior; 
we don't force them to do anything.
We think of the 3 R's---

Results (what we want), Respect (for the animal), and Relationship (how to build or enhance it).

TTouch is a specific form of touch to help them relax, calm down, and feel good about being touched.  It includes body work and ground work, where appropriate. The touches are not massage or acupressure, and they are not invasive.  The movements are slow, rhythmical, and mindful.  They are non-habitual, thus the animal has no instinctive, programmed reaction to them. This allows an animal  to think before acting, rather than just reacting.  TTouches include slides, lifts, and circular touches. The groundwork involves guiding the animal through movement exercises in non-habitual ways.  Together, they are designed to create a calm, attentive, focused state of consciousness.  This helps them to be more capable of learning new behaviors. TTouch helps increase self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-control.
Because TTouch allows an animal to recover from poor handling in the past, it is very helpful for rescued dogs that may be hand-shy, wary of being touched, or that stiffen anxiously when touched, rather than enjoying it. Feeling less tense, the animal is less prone to reactive behavior. TTouch reduces the physical and mental stress created by human contact, handling, environment and other sub-optimum environmental conditions. 

A week after the first lesson with Linda Hoover you will have a 60min private lesson with Stevie or Stephanie at House of Dog Training. We teach you how to handle what gear you will be training with. Some dogs will be using a harness with a clip on the back and a 20' leash and others may need a
newtrix with a shorter leash. If your dog has bitten another dog or person we will also fit your dog with a muzzle and start muzzle training at this point. You will also receive a behavior modification program to work on at home. The next week you will have a 30min private lesson at the facility. We keep most of the lessons short because we want you and your dog to have a positive experience and not stress out. The longer you work on reactivity the more likely you will end the lesson with your dog practicing their reactive behavior.  The flow of the program will be:           

                                          30 min Assessment at House of Dog Training 

                                             2 hour private with Linda Hoover

                                            60 min private at House of Dog Training

                                            30 min private at House of Dog Training 

                                            30 min private at House of Dog Training

                                            1 hour private with Linda Hoover

                                            30 min private at House of Dog Training

                                            30 min private at House of Dog Training

                                            30 min evaluation at House of Dog Training

The Program is $415 saving you $40. You have 3 months to complete the program.

This is a drop-in class, no set start and end dates, so you never miss any material! If {animal_name} is fearful of people or novel items, this class will very likely be too much for them. This class is for dogs that play well with other dogs off-leash, but are reactive on leash. They have never bitten a dog or a person.

The Game Plan

We are working toward a happy, focused and calm dog on leash.

When we are in class, we will be using classical conditioning to counter condition your dog's conditioned emotional response to seeing other dogs on leash. Remember, this is not an obedience class, but a counter-conditioning class for your dog's leash frustration. Be ready to reward your dog for good behavior and encourage them to engage with you. Acknowledge all behaviors in your dog that you want to see again with rewards and praise. The more you focus on the good behaviors in your dog, the more they will repeat them.

Your dog has learned that when they see other dogs on leash, they feel pressure on the leash and hear their owner yelling. We will be changing your reaction, along with your dog's reaction in this class.

Start at home with hand feeding your dog from now on. What you can not hand feed, put into a puzzle toy. This increases your value and will help {animal_name} focus on YOU when they start their class. This may not seem like a big part of the plan, but I can tell the difference between owners who followed this recommendation and those that didn't.

Safety First / Equipment

  • When you arrive at the facility, please wait outside or come in without your dog first and receive further instructions. Give the other dogs and clients enough space to keep their dogs calm
  • Dress to stay warm or dry, because this class is outside. If you are in doubt whether the class is taking place due to weather conditions, please give us a call.
  • Never let your dog greet another dog in class.
  • You will be given a color of cone when you arrive and during the class, your goal is to make it to your cone without your dog having a big reaction. The trainer will be moving the cones into different positions throughout the class. If your dog can't handle getting to the cone, no worries. Only get as close as you can.
  • Make sure you have a 6 - 10 foot leash with no rips or tears.
  • Be sure that collars and harnesses are in good shape and fitted properly. You may use a gentle leader or NewTrix, if your dog is used to and desensitized to it. No retractable leashes, please!
  • You will need a treat bag that will allow you to carry several treats and access them readily. DO NOT show up to class with a jar or a plastic bag of treats only.
  • To test how stressed your dog is, offer them a high value treat. If they eat it, great. If they snatch it out of your hand with a hard mouth, take it and spit it out, or refuse it, we know {animal_name} is too stressed out. If that is the case, we will increase the distance from the other dogs until your dog is able to come closer.

Despite our best efforts to determine in the assessment which program is the the best avenue to take for you, sometimes the class isn't the right fit and we will make arrangements to meet both your and your dog's needs.

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