Helping Two Dogs Get Along at Daycare

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: July 5, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with a pair of dogs, Milo a one-year-old Puggle and River a one-year-old Jackabee who needed help to stop dog reactivity at doggy daycare.

Milo and River were having some issues at doggy daycare. I gave the daycare a call ahead of time to learn more about what was going on and learned that they were having dog reactivity or were dog reactive when other dogs would stop to smell them. They would get tense and growl. I decided to use the Behavior Adjustment Training or BAT technique to help them learn how to relax when other dogs are greeting them, which you can watch below.

I want to remind the dogs’ guardians that they will first want to start working with the dogs independently. Then, once the dogs learn how to relax they can start having the dogs approach and greet other dogs together. At this point they feed off of each other so we want them to learn how to relax alone and then they can progress to greeting dogs together.

By the end of the session the dogs were learning to look to their guardians for leadership and direction. To keep up with this good behavior the guardians will want to continue to use our Petting with a Purpose method to reward the dogs for good behavior and use the Escalating Consequences to disagree with them. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Milo and River’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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