Reactive Dog Training

Calming Chaos is a specialized dog training program just for our reactive friends.

567 South County Trail Unit 301

Exeter, RI 02822

Next Session begins 4/13/24 @ 9am

What is Reactivity?

In a nutshell any dog that lunges, snarls, and/or barks at another dog when on leash is a “reactive” one. Walking a reactive dog is no fun for the human or the dog. A reactive dog is in an unpleasant and stressed emotional state at the sight (or sound) of another dog. The handler is also stressed, ashamed, and embarrassed by their dog’s behavior. The good news: WE CAN HELP!!!

Warning Signs

  • hyper vigilance
  • freezing
  • staring
  • whining
  • panting
  • extreme excitement
  • unable/unwilling to respond to handler
  • unable/unwilling to eat a treat
How do we fix it?

The reality of having a reactive dog is that the reactivity will always be there, but with lots of training dogs can overcome their negative reactions to the sights and sounds of another dog. We will put layers of training onto your dog to help them live a more relaxed life, just remember that the reactivity is there and may pop up again without consistent management and training.

Pro tip! Nose work can also immensely benefit the reactive dog! By giving the reactive dog a job to do he will often choose to work rather than react. It is a sport that allows the dog to be in control and that is very empowering to the dog.

What does a reactive dog training class look like?

There will be 4 dog/handler teams per lesson to ensure safety and maximize learning potential. Dogs and their handlers will begin behind visual barriers. As each dogs’ skills increase they will gradually be exposed to each other in a controlled manner.

We will also discuss management techniques and coach you through how to handle a reactive dog. We highly recommend reading Click to Calm by Emma Parsons!

You will also learn the basics of loose leash walking and how to teach your pup to settle on a mat in this specialized series of classes.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to us! We are glad to help you pick your classes, help you register, or offer support and advice for your dog training needs.

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