On our site many field owners suggest that a secure dog field is an ideal place to exercise a reactive dog. To understand why this may be the case we need to first of all understand what the expression “reactive dog” means. We asked KCAI Registered Dog Trainer, Corinne Kennedy for her advice on exercising a reactive dog.
What is a reactive Dog ?
A reactive dog is a term used to describe a dog that displays an exaggerated or intense response to certain triggers. These may include other dogs, unfamiliar people, loud noises, fast-moving objects, or certain environments. Reactive behaviour is displayed in different ways, such as barking, lunging, growling, or in the worst cases aggressive behaviour .
How does a dog become reactive?
There are many reasons why a dog might become reactive. Some of the most common causes include:
Genetics: Some dogs are simply more prone to reactivity than others.
Lack of socialization: Dogs that don’t have enough positive experiences with other dogs and people are more likely to become reactive.
Traumatic experiences: A dog that has had a negative experience with another dog or person may become reactive as a result.
Fear: Dogs that are fearful of certain things are more likely to react when they encounter those things.
How should I exercise my reactive dog ?
Exercising a reactive dog can be a challenge, but it is important to keep them active for their physical and mental health.
Avoid situations that are likely to trigger your dog.
If you know that your dog is reactive to other dogs, for example, don’t walk them in areas where there are a lot of dogs. Most secure fields in the UK offer exclusive use and with timed gaps between visits meaning you can enjoy uninterrupted time alone with your dog.
Start training in a safe and quiet environment.
Once your dog can relax in a safe environment, you can gradually start exposing them to the things that trigger their behaviour.
Exercise and mental stimulation:
Reactive dogs often benefit from regular exercise and mental stimulation. A secure dog field allows them to burn off energy and explore their surroundings without the restrictions of a lead.
We all want our walks to be safe and rewarding. Reactive dogs can become difficult to control if they become fearful. Using a Secure dog field means the safety of you and others is guaranteed as the area is only for your use.
Consider professional help: If your dog’s reactivity is severe or you feel unsure about managing their behaviour in a social environment, consult a professional dog trainer or behaviourist to help you work through these challenges.
Remember that each dog is unique, and what works for one reactive dog may not work for another. Always prioritize your dog’s safety and well-being, and if you’re unsure about using a secure dog field, consult with a professional for personalized guidance.