Reactivity Rehab
by Satellite Behavior Group 

compassion for people and the dogs who love them.

WHAT IS REACTIVITY?

Reactivity is the most common behavior challenge faced by today's companion dog, with dogs being impacted even more so during the pandemic.  Odds are better-than-not that your own dog is what you might call, "reactive." 

 

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 unpredictable, 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 (USPO patent pending) 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.

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By the end of the session, owners will have gained:

  • Individual dog temperament assessment using Whole Dog Approach.

  •  Your dog's unique reactivity triggers and suggested/ demonstrated modification techniques

  • An understanding of reactivity behaviorally, ethologically, and functionally

  • Confidence in understanding and skills to begin rehabilitating your own dog going forward. 

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Where

Reactivity Rehab clinics are held on one of the Northwest Canine properties in Olympia, WA. 

  • 1/2 mile easy access off exit 104 in Olympia (where the metal cows are!)

  • 2.5 acres of fully fenced, manicured private land

  • Indoor and outdoor facilities

(Travel, parking, and exact address provided after registration.)

What

Each Reactivity Rehab clinic is held for a full day on Saturday or Sunday, from 9am to 5pm.  $399. Attendance limited to 20 people, 6 dogs.

 

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 (included, choices avail) mingling with other attendees and staff, Satellite team members will demonstrate methods discussed in the morning session, using attendee dogs and participate in breakout sessions with a private trainer, overseen by NWC owner, Cristine Dahl.**

How & When

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:

  • DATES POSTED SHORTLY, JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO BE NOTIFIED AND FOR FIRST ACCESS!

​(Attendees will receive email from Northwest Canine 1-2 weeks prior to clinic date with an interview form, lunch information, and other details. Please check email settings.)

**Please note: the nature of reactivity requires tight management of the clinic and property, utilizing our most talented staff. Please help us ensure safety and a great experience for all attendees.

 

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, in part 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 environment possible. Review methods here. Clinics will run despite inclement weather.

ALL DOGS regardless of selection for participation physically in the days events, will still receive personalized coaching and assessment based on information collected prior to rehab date.