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Choosing a Trail to Hike with Your Dog (Reactivity Edition)

Want to go hiking with your dog, but your dog is still working on behavior modification to reduce reactive behaviors? Follow these guidelines to find the perfect trail for you and your pup.  1. Choose a trail with leash requirements When choosing a trail to hike with your dog who struggles with reactivity, it is […]

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7 Tips for Camping with a Reactive/Anxious Dog

Are you wanting to take your dog camping, but worry about reactive behavior like barking? Or maybe you are concerned that your dog may be fearful of new situations, unable to settle, or even becoming a flight risk? While not every dog enjoys camping, there are many ways to make camping with your reactive or […]

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7 Tips to Help Calm your Dog during Car Travel

Here at Pawsitively Intrepid, our goal is to help dogs live adventurous lives right alongside their humans. And for better or worse, adventure often involves some car travel. Whether you want to take your dog on a cross-country road trip or just want to drive an hour to a really cool trailhead, it is hard […]

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Attention Dog Owners: Trail etiquette so everyone can enjoy hiking

Do you hike with a dog? If you do you probably have some opinions about the ethics of hiking with dogs and whether dogs should be on or off leash. But regardless of your individual opinions, I hope we can all agree that we want dogs to be a great addition to any hike, not […]

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Does Your Reactive Dog Need to Take a Break?

Have a high-energy dog who struggles with reactivity (barking, growling, lunging, whining, and more) to triggers like strange people, other dogs, or even animals like squirrels, rabbits, deer, or lizards? Then this post is just for you. In this post, we are going to talk about trigger stacking, how to know when to take a […]

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Be Your Dog’s Best Advocate: Helping Dogs Who Need More Space

As a relatively non-confrontational, introverted, Midwesterner, I tend to avoid anything more than a quick wave or smile when I encounter other people on my walking or hiking paths. When my pup, Glia, first started to react to other dogs on walks, it was embarrassing. I didn’t like the attention drawn my way. And I […]

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Using CARE to Help Your Dog Live a Less Reactive Life

Dogs make amazing adventure companions. I know that my own dog sparked my love of hiking and backpacking. So when she began to develop more reactive behaviors, especially towards other dogs, I knew that I had a lot to learn so that I could effectively help her reduce her reactive behaviors and continue adventuring with […]

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Keep Your Dog Calm by Staying Under Threshold

If your dog is exhibiting reactive behaviors, the success of a behavior modification program relies heavily on your ability to work with your dog when they are calm. And the best way to keep your dog calm enough to be able to listen to you and learn is to stay under threshold. So this blog […]

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How to Avoid other Dogs/People on a Walk: Train an “About-Face”

If you have been following along with our blog post series on adventuring with a reactive dog, you have already worked on some foundational skills and considered the gear needed to adventure with your pup. Many of these previous steps are focused on reducing anxiety for both you and your dog. And today, we are […]

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Muzzles: Why Every Dog Should Be Comfortable Wearing One

Muzzle’s get a bad reputation. Many people see muzzles as a last resort for aggressive dogs who are out of control. But muzzles don’t have to be that way! Muzzles can be a very helpful tool for many dogs. In addition to keeping dogs with a bite risk safe and able to enjoy a larger […]