Sensitive Soul – Reactive Dog Classes in Hampshire
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Fresh Idea, Safe Environment, understand and support your dog.
Your sensitive dog is not giving you a hard time on purpose, they are having a hard time themselves.
Fresh Ideas for reactive dogs
The Sensitive Soul Reactive Dog Classes are designed to help your dog learn new behaviour choices in a controlled environment. Building their social skills and confidence.
These classes are for dogs who bark, lunge, growl, spin or show other behaviour displays when they see other dogs when on or off the lead.
Secure outdoor training venue in Denmead Hampshire
The classes will have between two to four dogs depending on the course level.
Each week there will be practical demonstrations and you will get the opportunity to practice real-life skills for both training and managing your reactive dog.
During your class, the only dogs and people in the training area will be your class members.
Reactive Dog Classes
- Learn lead and long-line handling skills
- Learn to read your dog’s body language
- Gain management skills for everyday life
- Train your dog new behaviour options
- Increase your dog’s social skills
- Decrease your dog’s anxiety and stress
Start your new journey together
The courses are designed not only to build your dogs skills and confidence to use the new behaviour choices.
They also build on the bond you have with your dog. Giving you the skills to deal with real life situations.
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.
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 radio for the duration of the class.
Both you and your dog deserve the support and help to move forward in your journey
We’re are here to support that change!
“The Sensitive Souls classes are equally as relaxed but so incredibly helpful. I trust Iains guidance fully and he is always open to listening to any questions or hesitations. There is no pressure to hit milestones and there is absolutely no rushing…..the pace is set by each dog and their individual needs.”
Sarah and Finnick
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t see your question below, please don’t hesitate to ask
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.
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.
Thank you so much for this morning, after many weeks of feeling stressed not knowing how to get Chase to listen to us again we came away feeling very hopeful that We will be able to Get Him listening to us again. We noticed a very big difference throughout the day keeping up the training in the house and he has seemed very happy and a lot calmer himself. We look forward to the next session coming weeks.
Sarah & Chase
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!