Reactivity is the #1 most common behavior challenge faced by today's companion dog. Odds are better-than-not that your own dog is what you might call, "reactive."
Reactivity and aggression look identical to the untrained eye, though they are altogether different. In public, reactivity looks like a fish on the line, whirling, screeching/barking, lunging, flailing, and so on. For owners, it is scary, embarrassing, confusing, and shocking at first. In short order, these dogs become unsafe to go outside, and quality of life for both owner and dog drops precipitously. Understanding the behavior and set of circumstances generating reactivity is crucial in rehabilitation and prevention.
Satellite Behavior Group is unique in its position as industry leader in the field of advanced behavior modification. Lead by Cristine Dahl, creator of the Whole Dog Approach and Walking with Regard, both of which directly address reactivity, today's clinics are built on not only education of our staff, but our founder's own experience over 20 years with more than 10,000 Seattle dogs and their families.
Remedying reactivity is entirely possible. We would love for you to join us at a Reactivity Rehab and start enjoying going out with your pup again.
Reactivity Rehab clinics are held on one of the Northwest Canine properties in Olympia, WA.
Easy access off exit 104 in Olympia
2.5 acres of fully fenced, manicured private land
Indoor and outdoor facilities
Each Reactivity Rehab clinic is held for a full day on Saturday or Sunday, from 9am to 5pm. $399. Attendance limited.
The day is split into two sessions, morning and afternoon, with a catered lunch break on-site between events.
MORNING: Human attendees will have completed an interview questionnaire during registration for personalized workshop activities. After a discussion-style presentation on reactivity, Satellite staff, lead by Cristine Dahl, will work with individuals to address needs and prepare a personalized appropriate approach to their unique dog/human needs.
AFTERNOON: After a relaxing lunch break mingling with other attendees and staff, Satellite team members will demonstrate methods discussed in the morning session, using attendee dogs.**
By the end of the session, owners will have learned:
Where their own dog falls on the temperament spectrum
Reactivity triggers and modification techniques in their own environment
A full understanding of reactivity behaviorally, ethologically, and functionally
Confidence in understanding and skills to begin rehabilitating their own dog going forward.
Reactivity Rehab clinics only run a few times a year, and they fill quickly. Current dates will always be posted here and updated as they close:
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022
**Please note: the nature of reactivity requires tight management of the clinic and property, utilizing our most talented staff. While we realize each participant may wish to bring their dog, this is neither that type of class, nor is it allowed. Instead, all registrants will be asked to complete a behavior profile for your dog, indicating if you'd like to bring him/her as part of the clinic (managed only by staff and owner). A week prior to a clinic, we will select roughly 4-6 dogs from the class registrations to invite on-site. Owners will be notified by email.
Pre-screening the dogs we have for the afternoon session will allow us to build the most beneficial, relevant, safe clinic possible. Clinics will run despite inclement weather.