Maggie is the most focused dog I know. She keys in on everything around her. We joke that she has no chill because we feel she’s always watching and assessing her surroundings.
That’s why her reactivity confused us. In our mind she was a smart and alert dog. We call her the thinker. And so we couldn’t understand why certain dogs or situations triggered her to lunge.
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I’ve read countless books and articles on the issue of a reactive dog. The two that come to top of mind is Behavioral Adjustment Training 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs as well as Culture Clash: A New Way of Understanding The Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs.
Both have been fantastic in opening my eyes up in learning how to understand the difference between humans and their canine companions, learn how to listen to their dog language, and how to become a better communicator.