All dogs react to stimulus every day, but when we talk about a “reactive dog” or a dog who exhibits reactive behavior, we are talking about dogs who over-react to a stimulus (aka a trigger). My name is Kate, and my dog Glia is reactive to other dogs. Over the years, I have worked hard to limit her reactive behaviors (barking, growling, lunging, etc) and to counter condition her to have more positive responses to the sight of another dog (her main trigger).
Throughout our journey, we have gone on many adventures together. Now, as a veterinarian hiker, backpacker, and care taker of a reactive dog, I want to help as many dogs successfully adventure with their humans as possible. I have written the following information to share some of what I have learned with others adventuring through life with a dog with reactivity. The following posts contain suggestions and general recommendations, but you should always consult with your dog’s veterinarian and trainer before starting a behavior modification program.