Reactive K9 Management

Course Information

Our Reactive K9 Management class is designed to allow your dog to work around other dogs with the lowest level of stress so you and your dog can learn new skills to be in the presence of other dogs. We do this by only having three students in this class and using visual barriers to begin a systematic desensitization process to work at your dogs comfort level. As you and your dog develop your new skills, the exposure to the other dogs also increases.

For some dogs, being in a group class is far to stressful and private training may be best for them but the goal is to integrate them into a group setting. 

Types of Aggression
• Dog to dog 
• Human directed (may have limitations in a group )
• Inter-household
• Fear reactive
• Leash reactivity
• Food/resource guarding
• Other forms of aggression will be covered in class.

Hours: 1 hour per week for six weeks. 
Maximum: 3 dog students; children are not allowed to attend this class.
Prerequisite: None
Registration fee: $275 (plus GST)

Please contact us for class dates.


In Reactive K9 Management, We will cover:

• Understanding aggression
• Learning environmental control
• Working under threshold
• Building tools for your toolbox
• Foundation obedience skills needed to manage your reactive dog
• How to manage emergency situations
• Risk management plans
• ... and more!

Vaccination Requirements 

All dogs must have vaccinations for canine distemper, canine parvovirus and rabies within the last three years. We also accept serum antibody titer tests. 


"We were referred to Cedar Valley K9 by a trainer who had been working with us and our dog. Casey is a rescue and is VERY reactive to new people, dogs, skateboards, bikes... We started her in the reactive K9 management class with skepticism. But Gail was very supportive and reassuring from the beginning. She and Bonnie pushed us and Casey every week and we were shocked at how far she has come. We can't stress enough how reactive Casey is by nature, much more reactive than most dogs who attend such classes, we are told. But by the last class, she was in the same room with the other dogs, able to look at them walking toward her and then look back to us. In 8 weeks, she improved in her confidence and we are now able to walk Casey within 6 feet of people, bikes and skateboards, and within 20 feet of most dogs with minimal to no reaction. We are amazed and are still working with Gail and Bonnie in obedience classes where Casey continues to improve. We didn't expect to see the change in her that we have and are committed to the work it takes to help her become the best dog she can be. We can't thank Gail and Bonnie enough for their encouragement, patience and strong direction for both us and Casey." - Dave and Kelly A. Mission, BC