Leash Reactivity

A Comprehensive Approach

Skill Level: Beginner

Length: 10 Modules

Access Period: Unlimited

Price: $52.00

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If you dread going for walks with your dog because he or she lunges, barks, and pulls every time they see another dog or person, then this course was made for you


My Name is Tyler Muto, and I am a dog trainer from Buffalo, NY who specializes in helping families overcome challenging behaviors with their dogs. I am very excited to bring you this course on leash reactivity as it is one of the most common behavior problems that I receive calls about.


This course will be tackling the specific issue of leash reactivity, which should be distinguished from dog-aggression in general. However, many of the principals and theories that we will be covering relate to aggression in general and thus the information contained within this course will be valuable to anyone who works regularly with dogs.


Throughout the 10 modules of the course we will be taking a very systematic approach to managing reactive behavior. When designing this course it was very important to me that we didn't just give quick fixes, but rather that each dog/handler team develop the skills, techniques, and understanding necessary to achieve lasting results. The course begins with a variety of foundation exercises which will help both the dog's and humans get comfortable with the various mechanics and skills that will be required of them later in the course. Then we will move into a theory portion of the course, which will help each student to better understand the motivation underlying their dogs' behavior, and how to work with those motivations rather than against them. Lastly, in the last half of the course we will be successively adding additional tools and skills to our practice until each team finds the approach that will work best for them.


The course outline is:


Module 1    
  Segment 1 Introduction and Navigating the Course
  Segment 2 The Pace of the Course
  Segment 3 Understanding Leash Reactivity and it's Causes
  Segment 4  Terminology and Concepts
  Segment 5 Tools We Will Use
  Segment 6 Safety Considerations
  Segment 7 Preparing for Next Week
  Segment 8 Contact Info and Tutorial Videos
Module 2    
  Segment 1 The Importance of Foundation Work
  Segment 2 Quick Note Before We Begin
  Segment 3 Reward Based Recall
  Segment 4 Attention Exercises 
  Segment 5 Place Command Foundation
  Segment 6 Introduction of Prong Collar and Leash Work
  Segment 7 Management
Module 3    
  Segment 1 Heel
  Segment 2 Doorways and Thresholds
  Segment 3 Place - Adding Pressure
  Segment 4 Recall - Adding Pressure
Module 4    
  Segment 1 Cut-Off Cues
  Segment 2 Emotional Thresholds 
  Segment 3 Functional Rewards
  Segment 4 Manufacturing Cut-Off Cues
  Segment 5 Early Set-Ups
Module 5    
  Segment 1 When and Why We Use the Prong Collar
  Segment 2 Integrating the Prong Collar
 Module 6    
  Segment 1 Background Info and Resources
  Segment 2 Remote Collar Basics
  Segment 3 The Recall
  Segment 4 The Place Command
  Segment 5 Gambling
Module 7    
  Segment 1 A Bit of Theory
  Segment 2 Key Elements of the Fire Drill
  Segment 3 Putting it Together
Module 8    
  Segment 1 What Are Handler Confidence Drills
  Segment 2 The Humans
  Segment 3 The Process
  Segment 4 Demonstrations
Module 9    
  Segment 1 Overview
  Segment 2 Pet Convincer
  Segment 3 The Bonk
Module 10    
  Segment 1 Before and After
  Segment 2 Closing Remarks



The course focuses on reactive dogs, but the information within can be applied to all dogs in order to create a conflict-free, loose leash walking experience. Professional dog trainers who would like to implement new strategies with their more difficult client dogs will also benefit.


Students should have a reliable computer and internet access, a canine training partner, a favorable food reward, a potential trainer partner with a dog (friend, family, or neighbor), access to neutral training environment, a 6' leash or slip lead, food or treats, and bait bag or training food pouch/pocket. Prong collars are option but recommended, and remote collars are optional,

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What's the difference between this course, the DVD, and the stream?


DVD:  6 hours 2 minutes (physical copy)

Stream:  6 hours 2 minutes, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

Online Course:  176 videos (586 minutes), additional text content, discussion board,  lifetime access, stream from anywhere

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