Growl Class – A Workshop Demo for Reactive Dogs


Dr. Ian Dunbar demonstrates how to use a group class setting to deal with dogs that are aggressive towards other dogs.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have a basic understanding of dog training
  • Before working with any dog you should understand their history of aggression. How reactive are they? What stimuli are they sensitive to? What damage have they caused in the past?

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Objectively assess the severity of a dog’s fighting based on a Fight:Bite ratio that examines actual damage done
  • Provide prognoses and accurate estimates of the time required to rehabilitate anti-social dogs
  • Administer a stress test to determine a dog’s level of anxiety and the source of that anxiety
  • Empower tug toys and kibble as very high value secondary reinforcers
  • Give representational feedback to a dog that is in a social setting
  • Use All-or-None Reward Training to decrease and eliminate reactivity and regain calmness, focus and control
  • Set up controlled classical conditioning scenarios
  • Block antisocial stimuli and signaling through the use of Come, Sit and Watch commands
  • Use Differential Classical Conditioning (DCC) to enable simultaneous Operant and
  • Classical Conditioning without unintentionally reinforcing reactivity
  • Use the Jolly Routine for Classical Conditioning
  • Maintain a dog’s pro-social temperament throughout their entire life


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