The environment is stressful for many dogs. The goal of a fearful or reactive dogs' training plan is to change that dog's emotional response to various stimuli. Without the paralysis of fear, a dog can remain responsive but be less reactive. In other words, with training, dogs can develop and use coping skills to help them remain focused and calm in an often noisy, sometimes unpredictable world. While we can't always control our dog's environment, we can give them the coping skills so that when life throws triggers their way, they can respond in ways that are less fearful and less reactive.
Learn how to tap into the fundamentals of good training: Timing, mechanics and learning theory, to set dogs up for success.
Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, PCT-A owns Mutt About Town, which offers private dog training services in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the founding director of The Muzzle Up! Project. She graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson's prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, is certified in training by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board, and has a master's degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maureen's particular strength is combining her knowledge of counseling and coaching along with her studies in positive reinforcement training techniques to help humans understand how to communicate and work with their dogs.