Making sure that all preliminary word had been done before rehabbing the dog is not something I would have thought about right away. I do a lot of work training at shelters, so that is going to help when I come across reactive dogs. Learning how to read dogs and understanding what to look for is so important, so the material relating to that was great. Manufacturing cut offs was another great part of this material that I have already found useful with my own dog. I'm a big fan of using slip leads and prong collars, but there is no substitute for a remote collar. I like that it is first used with commands they already know so they get a better understanding of how the pressure can be turned off by them. The whole concept of pressure on pressure off I feel is the future of dog training. There is too much information out there from other trainers that recommend more harsh corrections even to teach leash walking. So it was nice to learn that you can still be gentle with rehabbing reactive dogs vs just doing a ton of corrections. The handler confidence drills were great to learn. I feel it will help me work with clients in the future. I have used a pet convincer a couple times in the past, but moved away because I found it to be too aversive for most dogs. I'll always keep one on me though in case I do come across a dog I feel would need it. All in all I felt like this course had lots of material and was very thorough in breaking down why or how things work. The importance of the handlers movement and timing in these drills is very important and I'm glad you took the time to express that on numerous occasions. I don't think anything needs to be added to the course material as I feel it's already well rounded.
- Anthony on 10/17/2016
I really enjoyed the balance between text and videos throughout the course. All modules gave an in-debth approach for all methods and tools used, leaving very few things up to interpretation. I also enjoyed seeing both the instuctional videos of Tyler working the Leerburg dogs, as well as the clips from sessions at his facility. Only room for improvement would be faster responses in the discussion forum. Thanks!
- Linnea on 10/17/2016
The methods in the class exceeded my expectations and modules were put together very well and in the good order. The most useful part for me was the remote collar module which was completely new to me. Probably as most people I had some preconceive notions about remote collars and training with them. The module opened up my eyes to a different way of using them and recognizing them as a valuable tool in the dog training arsenal of tools. I wish that the module was more extensive but that just because I enjoyed it so much. Since this was a self-study class I am not sure if we should receive more responses to the questions in the discussions. That was the only part that I wish had more interaction from the stuff. But like I said this was a self-study so I am not sure if that was part of the class but I wish it was if possible. Thank you for an excellent class and the knowledge that will be really helpful to the work I do with the rescue/shelter dogs.
- Thomasz on 10/17/2016
Absolutely wonderful class! I've watched most of Michael Ellis' DVDs, taken local classes, tried positive reinforcement (for 8 months), tried prong corrections (my soft dog was so unhappy), etc., but never got my dog to heel properly. Tyler's modules on "active release" and heeling really made the difference for me - now my 2 year old GSD is willing to walk nicely by my side!
As other people have probably mentioned, more information of how to handle a frustrated dog would be a very valuable addition.
Also, even though this is a self-study course, it would be valuable if Tyler could answer some of the discussion questions.
Thanks for a great class!
- Hilda on 10/17/2016
The whole course was extremely informative, well presented and demonstrated. My favorite was the handler confidence drills section. Tyler gave many, many tools to use in an effort to distract and control a reactive dog.
It might be difficult to set up, but I would have liked to see a dog in a highly explosive state ( maybe another dog or person came around a blind corner) and see how the situation was handled when you don't have a lot of warning. I really got a lot out of this course and wish Tyler was training in my area. I would definitely sign up for classes. Thank you and I hope to see more courses from Tyler in the future.
- Janet on 10/16/2016
Buddy made it to across the street from a busy dog park!!! Not one bark!!! And a skateboarded passed by down the street, not one bark or lunge. I used 'place and watch me'and he did awesome!! I gotta say, "You know your stuff" Lol --you have really been a great support!!!
- Luz Alfonsi on 03/04/2016
I took Tyler Muto's course on leash reactivity. It was awesome and I highly recommend it. I have gotten incredible results with the techniques he teaches.
- Matt Welch on 02/10/2016
The Tyler Muto leash reactivity self study course on leerburg online university is money. Really solid information and ways to look at some of this
- David Tirpak on 12/29/2015
Phoenix was a somewhat reactive dog before this course--not real bad, but she would pop off now and then. However, the coursework has transformed her. Just doing the drills everyday and becoming aware of the cues and how to handle them has made a HUGE difference in her. Thank you so much!
- Tina Benson on 12/29/2015
I've been working as a professional dog trainer for about five years mostly due to having a reactive dog and not finding the right answer on how to address her issues. Over the course of a few years, I immersed myself in research, popular training methods, and tried different trainers; including Sit Means Sit. But, I knew something just didn't feel right with their methods. A friend referred me to Grisha Stewart's work, BAT, and this felt like a better fit for me. I discovered that others were having the same struggles as me so, I pursued my certification as a professional dog trainer, still using BAT as my primary response to reactivity. I was successful more than 90% of the time, but there were a few cases, with one in particular where BAT was not successful. This case haunted me and although I was successful in working with clients and their dogs, I felt that there was a piece I was missing. Why, over many repetitions and over a span of significant time were some dogs not improving to the point of full rehabilitation? Zoe, is my latest case and that's when I decided to enroll in your course at Leerburg.
Tyler, your training method IS the missing piece! I do believe that some dogs need correction, but I was unsure how to approach it. I experimented a little, but was afraid that my inexperience would contribute to the problem. Your sequential, logical approach in introducing your system blended within my own philosophy of dog training and what a relief it was to have my work evaluated by you. Your level of expertise and experience gave me the confidence to incorporate your strategies into my training. The positive results were immediate.
So, thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with me. As a teacher, I recognize the emotional and time demands required to assume this level of responsibility. You made an immediate, positive impact on my dog training that affects many dogs and families in Southern California.
- Mary Hirt on 12/29/2015