Video on Demand by Karen Pryor Clicker Training | Reactive dogs in dog sports (ClickerExpo Video On Demand)

Competing Interests: Reactive Dogs and the Ring

Over-reactive dogs are prevalent in the world of dog sports. Whether in obedience, agility, or some other canine sport, reactive dogs feel the pressure of stress much more acutely than a confident and well-seasoned competition dog. How can we help set these dogs up to succeed in a highly distracting environment? Though we are not advocating that you compete with a reactive dog, if you are already competing or choose to compete anyway, it is extremely important that these dogs perform their specific behaviors reliably, and in line with the safety protocols put in place by the competitor. In this presentation, Emma Parsons discusses how to make the reactive dog’s job easier in a show setting. Reliability is a must, and every handler should have a safety plan starting from the time the dog exits your vehicle. Providing structure and teaching foundation behaviors will foster confidence in your reactive dog, making for a winning combination!

Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), as well as a ClickerExpo faculty member. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Emma holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs: three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque; and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.