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Reactive Rover Class Information

About the Instructor:

Carmen LeBlanc's love of animals started early, growing up with a horse, guinea pigs, cats and dogs. She first trained her family's German Shepherd in 4-H, and kept on going. Today she is an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB), with a master's degree in animal behavior (AKA experimental psychology, the science of learning) and a graduate specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis (the science of behavior change). She's also a valedictorian graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers (known as the "Harvard of dog training schools") and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).

Carmen brings 15 years of experience in behavior consulting with dog and cat owners and teaching classes and private lessons. She worked for 5 years as the Director of Behavior & Training at Cascade Pet Camp in Hood River, and for 6 years in humane societies in Washington, Oregon and Illinois, where she developed programs and trained staff in animal training and enrichment. She presents at and attends professional and academic conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field of animal behavior. Carmen has titled her own dogs in Rally, Competition Obedience and Canine Freestyle. She and her company Way To Behave are devoted to science-based training that is proven effective and pet and people friendly.

Website:www.WayToBehave.com
carmen@waytobehave.com
Phone: 541-400-0738

Reactive Rover 1

Cost: $238 for 6 weeks (7 hours of instruction) - $35/class hour
Location: Dog Days NW
Duration: 5 weekly 1-hour classes, plus an initial 2-hour, people-only orientation.

Does your dog bark, pull, jump and lunge at other dogs while on-leash? Do you want to take a training class or just enjoy your walks but can't because of your dog's behavior? Are you ready for solutions? Reactive Rover 1 and 2 are classes for dogs who don't get along well with other dogs and can't work in a regular class environment.

In a small-group, highly structured environment with visual barriers, Reactive Rover 1 will give you powerful, dog-friendly techniques to prevent your dog's over-reactive behaviors while helping him to relax, focus on you, and learn from you. You will decrease stress and increase enjoyment for both you and your dog. The overall goal of this class is to have your dog behave politely and calmly around other on-leash dogs. Reactive Rover 1 will not get to dog interactions, meet-and-greets or off-leash work. Students can repeat this class as often as desired to meet their goals and advance to the next level. (See Reactive Rover 2 below).

PLEASE NOTE: the first week of class is a mandatory 2-hour training skills workshop with people only (dogs stay at home). The workshop gives students a head start with key concepts, skills practice and safety procedures before the first class with dogs.

* This class is not suitable for dogs with aggression issues toward people (fearful, growls, threatens or bites) or for dogs with a history of serious, injurious bites to other dogs. If this describes your dog, contact Carmen for private, in-home behavior consulting .

Reactive Rover 2

Cost: $238 for 6 weeks - $35/class
Location: Dog Days NW
Duration: 6 weekly, 1-hour classes.

With instructor approval and completion of Reactive Rover 1, you and your dog will be ready for the next step. Reactive Rover 2 teaches more advanced obedience skills, more control, focus and confidence-building exercises, and more natural activities around other dogs. It provides a great transition to real world environments. Depending on class make-up and individual dogs, this class may progress to on-leash meet-and-greets, including teaching your dog better doggy social skills. Students get more advanced instruction on recognizing and responding effectively to the myriad social cues and body postures that indicate good, low-risk interactions versus higher-risk interactions.


Confidence & Control

Cost: $238 for 6 weeks (7 hours of instruction)
Location: Dog Days NW
Duration: 6 weekly classes, including an initial 2-hour, people-only training workshop

Is your dog a worry wart or nervous Nellie?

Hard to train and sometimes tiring to live with?

Distractible, excitable, impulsive, or mildly reactive to people and dogs?

Then Confidence & Control is the behavior training class for you!

We help sharpen your training skills, adapt them to your dog's particular issues, and improve your dog's responsiveness to you. You learn to provide consistent structure for your dog, play fun training games, and practice calming techniques and obedience exercises to get your dog's focus and compliance - even outdoors around distractions and triggers. Your dog will learn to feel more safe, confident, calm & focused.

PLEASE NOTE: the first week of this class is a mandatory 2-hour training workshop with people only (dogs stay at home). The workshop gives students a head start with key concepts and skills before the first class with dogs.

* Confidence & Control is not suitable for dogs with serious reactivity or aggression toward people or dogs or with a history of injurious bites to people or dogs. If this describes your dog, contact Carmen to inquire about private, in-home behavior consulting.