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Links, books, blogs etc for reactive / leash aggressive dogs and similar

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I was at a group dog walk this morning and one of the new adopters has a leash aggressive dog. So I offered to email her a bunch of the various links and books and everything that I've found to be useful for reactive or barrier aggressive dogs or fear aggressive. For the books, I've mostly read online portions of them, but enough to recommend them,

Since I've now typed them all up, I figured I'd share them here too and open it up to everyone's input for their favorite training sites or authors. I know for long time members here that many of these links are known or redundant, but putting them all together seemed helpful.

Reactive dog training and management websites, articles, videos and actual books

Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT)- very good for fearful or aggressive dogs
Functional Rewards

Training and management tips for DINOS
Dogs in Need of Space

General dog walking and interaction blog
Notes from a Dog Walker

Article on calming signals
Calming Signals

Sketches of dog body language signs
Body Language with photos

Very good general dog training site with a number of articles and free downloads. Dr. Ian Dunbar is a scientific based trainer with a great reputation.
Dog Star Daily

Good book (yes, actual words on paper not a screen). May be available at the public library or interlibrary loan
Control Unleashed

Books and online articles (again, look for the books in the library to try them out) from a respected trainer; check out "The Other End of the Leash" and particularly "Fiesty Fido:Help for the Leash Reactive Dog"
Patricia McConnell's site

A few good books, particularly Dogs Are From Neptune and The Culture Clash
Jean Donaldson's books

Youtube.com and search "kikopup" for training videos. Working on impulse control and a strong sit and stay can help a lot with the dog-dog reactions.

Clicker training blog
Success Just Clicks


I am copying various links that were suggested in the thread below here for convenience. I still encourage reading the whole discussion to get more details on each.

Scaredy Dog! Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown


Reactive Dog: Foundation Exercises for Your Leash-Reactive Dog

Reactive Dog: Moving Past Distractions on a Walk

Best Books For Treating Dog Reactivity[/QUOTE]

this video for a step by step on training "Look at That"

Care for Reactive Dogs

The Muzzle Up Project
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Thank you for sharing! (I think this should be a sticky.)
This was posted on Facebook: Care for Reactive Dogs

What is CARE?

CARE stands for Counterconditioning and Positive Reinforcement (R+) are Essential for reactive dogs

CARE condenses Counterconditioning, Desensitization and Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible behavior into a user-friendly, 3-phase protocol

CARE reminds us to use this most effective, widely accepted and humane protocol, as well as the components of that protocol

CARE is a declaration- I CARE for my reactive dog!

I skimmed over this and I like it.

The only thing I saw on my brief perusal that I didn't agree with per se was that "all" food should be towards training of the reactivity. I agree that a dog interested in treats or food is far easier to train by giving the treats when needed, but on days when people aren't likely to encounter an issue or for dogs that are raw fed etc, there is still a need to give meals. Just learn to balance the meals with the need for training treats.
I agree with you. It would probably make the process move faster, but it's not practical for many (most?) people. Overall, though, it's a decent guide to what can seem like an overwhelming problem.
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