You will be invited to the members-only Facebook page where you will share your experiences with other sympathetic owners that have the same isssues as you and you will learn from each other in a supportive environment.
You will get access to the instructors via live video conferencing and by email to get your pressing questions answered. Everyone's issues and concerns are unique. We are here to help you, provide feedback, and share our expertise.
You will have email access to the instructors Monday through Saturday to ask questions and get help. That is 6 days a week to get your concerns and issues addressed!
In this online course that you will take in the comfort of your home, you will learn important skills through games and positive reinforcement (yup, no punishment needed) that will help your dog feel calmer on walks.
Your confidence will grow too! We want walks to be fun for you both so read on to learn more, or go ahead and register now.
Nothing I do seems to help. I am at a loss.
My dog is stressed. I worry about my dog and want him to be happy.
My dog scares the heck out of my neighbors. I feel ashamed.
I can hardly control my dog. It's so embarrassing. I'm overwhelmed.
Dealing with an out of control dog is frustrating. I've stopped walking her.
I feel like a failure and incapable of changing his behavior.
We love our dog and want to help fix this problem.
Who is this course for?
This course is for owners with dogs that react on leash toward other dogs, people, cars, bikes, etc. Reacting means uncontrollable behaviors including lunging or pulling, barking, growling, or whining.
What is the format of the course?
This is a self-paced course. Take as much time as you need to practice the skills in each week's lesson to begin to to change your dog's reactive behavior. We recommend doing one lesson per week. This is an online course utilizing discussion, lectures, videos, photos, slides, and written material. There will be ample opportunity for asking questions and learning through feedback if you opt for the full package.
What are the class dates?
You can start anytime you want! There is no schedule to contend with. Fit everything into your schedule.
What do I need to join this course?
You will need a computer or laptop with a good internet connection. While not ideal, a smartphone can be used.
What is the cost?
The fee for the entire package includes all of the coursework, videos, handouts, techniques, and instructor access to change your dog's behavior in a positive way. It also includes discussions about the lessons for a complete learning experience. Need extra help? Schedule a virtual consult to meet "face-to-face" online with an instructor to answer any questions and troubleshoot any issues. In addition, it includes 6-day per week email access to an instructor. This package is $249.
Looking for a lower cost option? Purchase the DIY course without access to the instructors.
Will my dog be better at the end of this class?
Typically, dogs will show improvement, but it takes time to change behavior. One of the sections of the course will help you with realistic goal setting. Improvement is also contingent on how much you work with your dog as well as how long the problem has been happening and how serious a problem it is. All dogs are different so we can't make any predictions or guarantees. However, we have helped hundreds of dogs with this problem and our goal is to help you with yours.
What is the cause of my dog's reactivity?
In the majority of dogs, the reason is fear, anxiety or stress. They react in order to get the scary thing to go away. In this course, we will teach your dog that there are other options instead of reacting. When he learns other, better behaviors, he or she will get calmer and you will both become more confident.
What behaviors are not addressed in this class?
All of the behaviors listed below are not addressed in this class. Please contact us if you are not sure if this is the right class for your dog's issues.
• Dogs whose only issue is guarding resources such as their food dish or toys.
• Dogs that jump on people in a friendly manner. A good dog trainer can help you with that. That is not fear-based reactivity.
• Dogs who are primarily scared of noises.
• Dogs who fight with the other dog(s) in their household but are fine with dogs outside the home.
• Dogs who are only a problem to visitors inside the home but aren't a problem on leash to people outside the home.
• Dogs whose problems are not primarily due to leash reactivity. This course is designed to modify the behavior of dogs that react while on the leash.
We are so happy with her progress
by Dawn & Jill
So glad I found you
Our relationship is much better
Our walks used to be a nightmare
You will build confidence in your abilities and you'll stop worrying what others think.
We will teach you to have fun with your dog using positive, force-free methods. You will learn through games. You will learn to enjoy your walks again.
Your dog will become calmer and learn better ways to deal with the issues that cause him worry or stress, the things that often cause reactivity.
You will stop feeling like the neighborhood pariah, ashamed to be seen with your dog.
We will help you understand what causes reactivity and how it's not about your dog being disobedient.
Our proven techniques will teach you in the comfort of your home without having to take your dog any place worrisome.
We will be there to help you as well as will a whole community of like-minded dog owners that share the same issues and worries and understand exactly what you're going through.
The course uses easy to use, step-by-step instruction, videos, and written materials, that will help you even if you are not good at training a dog.
This course provides the skills and techniques you need to achieve dramatic and rewarding results. It is self-paced so while we suggest that you do it on the established time table, we know you are busy so you are able to fit it into your lifestyle.
Lisa Radosta DVM, DACVB, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist
Dr. Radosta has been helping owners positively alter their pet's behavior for many years, first as a dog trainer during her college years, later as a veterinary behavior consultant and currently as a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.
Dr. Radosta is a native of Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Following graduation, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship. She continued to practice in South Florida as a small animal veterinarian with a special interest in small animal behavior cases for the next 2 years.
In 2006, she completed a three-year residency in Behavioral Medicine at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received multiple research awards during her residency.
Lisa owns and practices out of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in Florida where she works with many species and deals with just about every behavior issue.
Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA
Mindy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KSA), and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) who has been working with dogs for many years. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and pursued her master's degree in veterinary anatomy from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Mindy had been a veterinary hospital administrator for over thirty years, and in that capacity had been instrumental in starting programs in pet therapy, puppy kindergarten, and obedience and behavior. She is currently applying all of her energies to helping dog owners create the best possible partnership with their dog.
Mindy is the Training Director and owner of Lucky Dog Sports Club in Jupiter, FL. She helps dog owners with a multitude of issues, both in group and private classes and she guides and often mentors the other talented instructors that also teach there.
Mindy has had the good fortune of training under and learning from some of the top dog experts in the world. She continues to attend continuing education lectures and seminars to expand her expertise in dog behavior and has worked successfully with many dog owners in private consultations to help modify behavior problems.
Cheryl VanVoorhies, M.Ed., CTC
Cheryl holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as graduating from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog trainers, regarded as the “ The Harvard school of dog training.”
A large part of her 35-year career was spent working with challenging students. This lead to a nice transition into her present career path.
Cheryl started out assisting in Reactive dog class in 2008. She has lived the pain and triumph of living with a reactive dog of her own.
This soon transitioned into her current position as a Veterinary Behavior Technician at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, a veterinary behavior only specialty practice, where she has worked since 2012. She implements and troubleshoots all behavior modification treatment plans to ensure her patients' success. She deals with many anxious and aggressive animals with a wide range of emotional disorders.
Cheryl has lectured at the largest Veterinary Conference in North America speaking about noise aversion, and a Veterinary Technician Summit addressing noise aversion and motion sickness. She also lectures locally on many dog-related topics.
Cheryl is also a certified dog Instructor at Lucky Dog Training Club where she teaches many classes such as puppy class, Nose Work, obedience, and Fido Fun and Games.
Cheryl’s extensive education and training bring a nice balance when working with clients and their pets.