Reactivity Threshold

Getting Familiar with Reactivity

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At Suppawt we define reactivity as:

*An increase in 'inappropriate' coping behaviours, caused by the appearance of something which creates fear, frustration, excitement or anxiety in the dog.*

Remember, people can also be reactive, which in turn can create a reactive dog. What is the main difference between a reactive dog and an aggressive dog? Aggression tend to manifest itself in a dogs which intends to cause ahrm. Whereas, reactivity can look aggressive but the dog doesn't intend to injure.

It is important to seek the right help early on to prevent any issues getting worse over time. The best course of action involves choosing how to manage the dog, manage the environment and begin a behaviour modification program. This process is not a quick fix if done properly, but is a journey which will build trust and understanding between you and your dog.

I believe it is very important to give you the skills to enable you to undertake behaviour modification in a safe way. If you have an understanding of how the training is working, you are more likely to be able to effectively respond to you dogs needs.

Through having my own reactive dog and working with others on a daily basis, I have developed a clear understanding of the needs, worries, embarrassments and problems surrounding both the dog and owner.

Reasons for the behaviours elicited through reactivity are:

-SAFETY- distance increasing.

-INFORMATION- how will the stimulus respond?

-FUN- generally a breed specific behaviour which is reinforcing to carry out.

-RESOURCE PROTECTION- anything which the dog values and is anxious may be taken.