Dogs can become over-reactive for a variety of reasons. Some are what we call frustrated greeters - some may whine or bark in anticipation of meeting other dogs or people. Others may lunge or behave more aggressively toward particular triggers.
Reactivity often becomes more intense over time, making walks potentially unsafe for you and others. This is an extremely common problem called "on-leash reactivity."
Using fear-free counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques, we work to change the emotional response to triggers. We call this training "Reactivity Rehab."
Reactive dogs benefit most from a combination of good manners skills and reactivity rehab exercises, as unwanted behaviors are replaced with new skills.