More about the Sensitive Soul Course
Who is the course designed for?
- Dogs that are sensitive and reactive to other dogs
- Any age of dog
- Rescue Dogs
- Dogs that have shown lunging, barking, spinning, snapping and other unwanted behaviour towards other dogs.
What is in the course?
- Three Classes of 40 minutes
- In-person training at our outdoor venue in Denmead
- Learning handling skills
- Practice using appropriate equipment
- Learn to read your dog’s body language
- Building your relationship
- Increasing your dog’s social skills and confidence
- Decrease your dog’s anxiety and stress
What you will learn in your Sensitive Soul Course
You will learn and practice handling skills to support your dog to build confidence around other dogs
Learning to understand your dogs body language
During each class you will learn to read your dog and help prevent the unwanted behaviours such as lunging and barking.
Promote alternative behaviour choices
You will learn how to support your dog to choose alternative behaviours and reward them appropriately.
Understand your dogs behaviour
During the classes we will discuss what motivates our dogs behaviour and how we can harness that to promote confidence. You will also gain access to the course support online platform for further content to help you.
Focussed on building core social skills and reducing stress
In each class, there are two dogs both of whom are working on their sensitivities around other dogs.
We support and build their ability to remain relaxed with other dogs in their environment and give them opportunities to learn important social and problem-solving skills.
Setting our dogs up for success
How do I sign up for these courses?
The first step is to book your free 15 minutes discussion session with Iain. This session will be to discuss if these reactive dog classes are the best option for you and your companion at this stage. If not, other more beneficial options will also be discussed, in preparation for you joining at a later date.
Our goal is to support you and your dog to a new understanding and enable your transition away from stressful reactive behaviour.
During your discovery discussion together, we will decide the best way forward for you. If your dog is ready for the course, you will book an Intake session at the venue, which is a 1-2-1 session to prepare for the course.
Once you are both ready. Join a suitable level course of classes.
Each course is three individual classes on a weekly basis.
Each class is for forty minutes. You will be supplied with a walkie talkie radio for the duration of the class.
Cost of course
One-off initial intake session prior to the first course.
Introduce your dog to the venue
Longline Handling Skills
Pre-Class 1-2-1 Practice
Sensitive Soul Course
Course price for practical and online course support
Promote Alternative Behaviours
Safe and Controlled Environment
Iain is my go-to person for all things dog. Millie and I get so much from his classes. Totally recommended.
Andrew & Millie
We’ve also been attending the Sensitive Souls sessions to rebuild some of the confidence Finnick has lost around other dogs (since a nasty back injury left him feeling very vulnerable when other dogs approach him). I really wish we’d found Iain sooner! He has been exactly what we both needed. Iain is incredibly patient and his training ethics are COMPLETELY positive based and force-free, which is something very important to me. The guidance and help he has given me have proved very effective and I can really see Finnick’s confidence grow as we progress…..hopefully, he will bloom back into the social butterfly he was previous to his back injury. I have no doubt that Iain is the right person to help guide us in the right direction!
Sarah & Finn
Both you and your dog deserve the support and help to move forward in your journey together
We are here to help support that change. Next courses begin on the 5th of February.
Start your new journey together
- Build your dogs social skills with other dogs
- Build and improve your relationship with your dog
- Learn your dogs body language
- Increase your training and management skills
Frequently Asked Questions
How many 1-2-1 sessions will I need before joining a course?
This depends on the level of reactive behaviour your dog is currently displaying. We set all dog’s up to succeed at every stage of their training.
The minimum will be one intake session prior to joining a reactive dog class course. During this initial session, we can discuss your dog’s current needs and create a suitable plan for their individual development.
Where are the course held?
At our outdoor venue in Denmead, Hampshire. You will visit the venue on your Intake session to introduce both yourself and your dog to the environment before starting your first course.
Will a course teach my dog to be sociable with other dogs?
No. Reactive dogs cannot suddenly be sociable with all dogs. The skills you both learn during classes help you to understand and teach your dog alternative behaviour choices.
Classes are all about you and your dog learning new skills. Over time and with consistent training. These new skills and behaviour options will gradually increase your dog’s ability and social skills.
Both you and your dog will feel less anxious and more relaxed when out on walks.
Do I need anything for Classes?
During the FREE initial session, we will discuss with you what you will need during the course.
Most of all you will need a suitable body harness for your dog. We recommend either Perfect Fit by Dog Games or The Lori Stevens Balance Harness. However, any fixed body harness could be suitable.
We have long-lines for use during the class but you may wish to have one for when you are practising between classes.
I cannot make every class on the course, is this ok?
The Reactive dog course is made up of three classes. The course requires your attendance every week and it is crucial to your dog’s development not to miss any of the lessons.
How much do the course’s cost?
Each course consists of three forty-minute classes and costs £60 per course. If it is your first course, you will also need to attend the Intake Session which costs £30.
How quickly will I see my dog’s behaviour change?
This is very dependant on factors such as how long the reactive behaviours have been going on for, the level of reactive behaviour, and whether your dog does or does not have any canine friends currently.
Choose your Discovery Discussion Session Day and Time