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Reactive Rover

Most of the trainers at the Ottawa Canine School have (or have had) reactive dogs. We have a lot of experience with reactive dogs and have developed a program to help you help yours! The Reactive Rover class is for dogs that display unwanted behaviours towards other dogs and people. This behaviour may be based in fear, frustration, or excitement.

Reactive is not a bad word and is not a synonym of aggressive. Reactive dogs are AMAZING… it’s just some of their behaviours that are not so awesome.

This class may be for you if you can answer YES to one or more of the following:

  1. You would like your dog to be able to walk past other dogs and people without losing his/her mind such as lunging, barking, growling, squealing, jumping, whining, and pulling on the leash.
  2. You would like your dog to be able to remain calm/relaxed and content/happy around other dogs and people.

Your dog will learn how to tolerate other dogs and people and you will learn how to use the latest science-based, humane, and effective methods. You will be able to confidently  navigate the day-to-day and learn exactly how to manage and train your reactive dog so that you and your dog can enjoy life, stress-free! Follow our blueprint, practice consistently and you will help your reactive dog reach its full potential.

Imagine spending more time enjoying your reactive dog without the stress!


You will practice and master what to do in day-to-day situations. Your dog will learn that it has control over its environment and that’s a beautiful thing! When that switch happens, your dog realizes it has other choices that pay much better than barking, lunging, growling, whining, charging or (insert undesirable behaviour here). You will have experts coaching you through the exercises and guiding you along each step of the way. Your dog’s emotional reaction to the trigger is addressed and you will learn exactly what to do to help your dog change that reaction. Unwanted behaviours will be replaced with new, more appropriate and desirable behaviours.   We aim to retrain the emotional reaction to the trigger and teach the dog that it has other options. Our training is force-free and positive, utilizing methods that are supported by the science of animal behaviour, emotion, and cognition.

Course Length: Seminar (1 1/2 hour)* + 6 lessons (1 hour each) *Your first class will be the seminar (required) and is for humans only. Please DO NOT bring your dog to the seminar. Reserve 1.5 hours for the seminar. The following 6 group lessons will be 1 hour long.

Price: $250 + HST

Max. Class Size: 6 dogs.  There will be 2-3 instructors to ensure a safe and positive experience for all.

Equipment needed:

  • A martingale + one of the following:  gentle leader or harness
  • 6 foot leash (NON retractable)
  • highest value reinforcement (don’t skimp!)

For safety reasons, children in attendance must be at least 14 years old. Please note:  If your dog has bitten another dog or person and drawn blood, then Reactive Rover is NOT the class for you, private lessons are.


You and your dog will practice the skills learned in LEVEL I  in more challenging settings. You will work outdoors, with different dogs and learn what to do what you are “ambushed” by a dog – that’s when the dog appears out of nowhere and you have to react quickly! Just as you did in LEVEL I, you will have experts coaching you through the exercises and guiding you along each step of the way. Of course, we always work with dogs UNDER threshold, as we do not want them to practice any unwanted behaviour.

Course Length: 6 lessons / 1 hour each

Price: $250 + HST Pre-requisite: Successful completion of LEVEL I



Don’t see a date/time that works for you? Contact us to be put on the email list for future classes!


“I learned so many things. All helped me to finally relax and enjoy while walking Jaxson. I can now think of ways to get out of trouble before it happens and I feel more comfortable. Very nice ladies, patient and explained in a language I could easily understand. Thank You from Jaxson and I for creating this beautiful harmony when walking. Jaxson is less stressed, he feels more at ease every day and I feel more relaxed as well. I now have good tools and will definitely practice.”

“Excellent mix of practical tips and class exercises which now allow me to use a variety of skills to prevent reactivity.  Angie was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable and able to apply different objectives based on each dogs needs.” – Jessica



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