Pillar Point Bluff is a great place to experience the ocean and relax in the sun, however, I do not recommend it for reactive dogs. The 220 -acre bluff is a popular hiking and biking spot. There were a lot a people (and off leash dogs) down inside the cove on the beach (highlighted in… Continue reading Reactive Hiking: Pillar Point Bluff Trail In Half Moon Bay
Everyone knows how important it is for you and your dog to get out and be in nature. It is a great way to decompress and unplug from the rest of the world. However, this can be harder for reactive dogs. Reactive dog parents often are filled with stress and anxiety by the thought of… Continue reading Reactive Hiking: Unlocking Your Ultimate Hiking Location!
Brushy Peak Regional Preserve (part of the EBRPD in CA) is my favorite place to hike. It is a smaller regional park located outside Livermore, CA. Brushy Peak was and still is recognized as sacred ground by generations of native Californians. It was once home to the Ssaoam people, a subset of the Ohlone peoples… Continue reading Reactive Hiking: Brushy Peak Regional Preserve
Since we were heading to Berkley for an appointment with Paco Collars, we decided to check out a regional park near there. I checked EPRPD’s park locations online and settled on Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve as it looked like a fun place to explore. Before I get started talking about our day and the… Continue reading Reactive Hiking: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve and Mountain View Cemetery
I started a new work schedule on Jan. 1st this year (4x10's Monday - Thursday) so I am dedicating my Friday's to hiking with Odin. Having a reactive dog makes everything harder especially hiking, having to plan out low traffic times, ensuring that the trails are large enough to create space, etc. In general, I… Continue reading Reactive Hiking: Black Diamond Miles Regional Preserve
I use a lot of different training methods when it comes to teaching Odin tricks. Some are taught using luring, some with shaping, and some with back chaining. Since Odin and I have started doing the titles for Do More With Your Dog, I have been using a lot of back chaining to teach the… Continue reading Air Bud: Back Chaining in Action
About a month ago, I set up a private appointment with Amy Cook, PhD who specializes in fearful and reactive dogs. We had hit a plateau in Odin's reactivity training and it seemed like the traditional counter conditioning was no longer was working with Odin. I was very surprised to discover that Amy had been… Continue reading Play Away the Reactivity!