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I'm Andrea (@equalizing). My husband Dalas and I live with 3 cats and a few backyard chickens. We'd wanted to adopt a dog for a long time and finally found Lucie! We thought she would be a perfect fit and loved her immediately. But the last couple months have been absolutely nothing like we expected, to say the least. It seems like all of my spare time is spent reading, watching videos, and working with Lucie daily. We have a baby gate separating the house to keep the cats safe while we counter-condition Lucie to not chase. We've had to research and choose training styles and tools that we feel comfortable with. Our conversations now revolve around our plans for Lucie, and whether or not she's pooped today😂. Life is different now, but that's okay. We celebrate the successes and beautiful moments and take the hard stuff one day at a time. We love our sweet girl and the love she gives back makes the work so worth it!
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✨More about us✨
I'm Andrea (@equalizing). My husband Dalas and I live with 3 cats and a few backyard chickens. We'd wanted to adopt a dog for a long time and finally found Lucie! We thought she would be a perfect fit and loved her immediately. But the last couple months have been absolutely nothing like we expected, to say the least. It seems like all of my spare time is spent reading, watching videos, and working with Lucie daily. We have a baby gate separating the house to keep the cats safe while we counter-condition Lucie to not chase. We've had to research and choose training styles and tools that we feel comfortable with. Our conversations now revolve around our plans for Lucie, and whether or not she's pooped today😂. Life is different now, but that's okay. We celebrate the successes and beautiful moments and take the hard stuff one day at a time. We love our sweet girl and the love she gives back makes the work so worth it!



#dogsofinstagram #dogtraining #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #boxershepherd #germanshepherdmix #rescuedog #muzzleupproject #positivedogtraining #positivereinforcement #rescuedog

4 1 32 minutes ago
We stopped for ice cream @tillamook after our beach hike and I definitely deserved it! Mom says she needs to recalibrate my @fitbark because she’s pretty sure I didn’t run twice as much as @kya.and.koda.
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We stopped for ice cream @tillamook after our beach hike and I definitely deserved it! Mom says she needs to recalibrate my @fitbark because she’s pretty sure I didn’t run twice as much as @kya.and.koda.
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7 2 1 hour ago
Titan, the white GSD, is with us for severe leash reactivity and dog aggression. He has been in our program several weeks and is making big progress! Staying calm, cool, and collected during a IGP (schutzhund/dog sport) training day. •
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Leash reactivity is something we see quite often, especially in German Shepherds. 
This breed has been a top choice for police and military dogs since the breeds creation in early 20th century. Many of the traits that make them excellent for police, military, and protection sports can pose significant challenges for the average pet home. Namely their low frustration threshold and their absolute love (and genetic desire) for BARKING!

When we are working with leash reactivity dogs our goal is NOT to teach them avoidance but rather to teach them how to be calm, cool and collected even in the presence of their triggers. The process is a little like therapy for your dog.

Our program for reactive dogs is an intensive multi faceted program that includes behavior modification for the dog during an 8 week stay and train program AND (this is the most important part) education and training for the human through a series of lessons, classes and support during and after the dogs stay with us. 
We generally have a two to three month waiting list for reactive dogs. Thinking you might need our help? Contact us today for an evaluation! •
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Titan, the white GSD, is with us for severe leash reactivity and dog aggression. He has been in our program several weeks and is making big progress! Staying calm, cool, and collected during a IGP (schutzhund/dog sport) training day. •


Leash reactivity is something we see quite often, especially in German Shepherds.
This breed has been a top choice for police and military dogs since the breeds creation in early 20th century. Many of the traits that make them excellent for police, military, and protection sports can pose significant challenges for the average pet home. Namely their low frustration threshold and their absolute love (and genetic desire) for BARKING!

When we are working with leash reactivity dogs our goal is NOT to teach them avoidance but rather to teach them how to be calm, cool and collected even in the presence of their triggers. The process is a little like therapy for your dog.

Our program for reactive dogs is an intensive multi faceted program that includes behavior modification for the dog during an 8 week stay and train program AND (this is the most important part) education and training for the human through a series of lessons, classes and support during and after the dogs stay with us.
We generally have a two to three month waiting list for reactive dogs. Thinking you might need our help? Contact us today for an evaluation! •



#whitegsd #whitegermanshepherd #gsdlovers #gsdofinstagram #workingdog #workingdogs #reactivedog #reactivedogtraining #reactivedogsunite #dogtraining #dogtrainer #germanshepherdsofig #germanshepherdlove #germanshepherdsdaily #dogtrainingtips #schutzhund #barkingdogs

19 0 1 hour ago
Within 5 minutes of leaving the house we had a friendly (but very scary for Stu) older gentleman approach us for a chat, a small offleash dog charge us from across the street and a cat pounce on him when he accidentally rubbed his face in her hiding spot (I dont know if it was me, Stu or the cat that was more scared haha). Some days 😅 little man was a champ and took everything in stride. It took us 2 years to get here, but he handles most things better than I do now, honestly. Proud of him ❤
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#dogsofyyt #towniedog #harbourfront #dogsofnewfoundland #downtownlife  #reactivedogsunite #fearreactivity #antisocialsocialclub #WEHAVEANXIETY #friendlybutfearful #positivereinforcement #livbetter #proximitytraining #slowandsteady #littlevictories #nervousnelly #ontariodog #bulliedbreed #ontariobsl #fordnation #breedspecificlegislation #bulliesinneed #makeontariogreatagain #stuartlittlevstheworld

Within 5 minutes of leaving the house we had a friendly (but very scary for Stu) older gentleman approach us for a chat, a small offleash dog charge us from across the street and a cat pounce on him when he accidentally rubbed his face in her hiding spot (I dont know if it was me, Stu or the cat that was more scared haha). Some days 😅 little man was a champ and took everything in stride. It took us 2 years to get here, but he handles most things better than I do now, honestly. Proud of him ❤
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#dogsofyyt #towniedog #harbourfront #dogsofnewfoundland #downtownlife #reactivedogsunite #fearreactivity #antisocialsocialclub #WEHAVEANXIETY #friendlybutfearful #positivereinforcement #livbetter #proximitytraining #slowandsteady #littlevictories #nervousnelly #ontariodog #bulliedbreed #ontariobsl #fordnation #breedspecificlegislation #bulliesinneed #makeontariogreatagain #stuartlittlevstheworld

36 4 2 hours ago
I just melt when she curls up next to me ☺️🥰😍
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#dog #dogsofinstagram #mutt #muttsofinstagram #snuggles #reactivedogsunite #reactivedog #anxiousdog #cuddlypuppy #snugglepup

I just melt when she curls up next to me ☺️🥰😍
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#dog #dogsofinstagram #mutt #muttsofinstagram #snuggles #reactivedogsunite #reactivedog #anxiousdog #cuddlypuppy #snugglepup

22 1 2 hours ago
Yesterday, my mom decided it was a good day to just -relax-. We had a guest at the house the day before (a stranger who I’ve only met one other time, and very briefly) and whilst I did VERY well and was super polite in my asking for snuggles and love, mom likes to give me a “trigger-free” day after an experience like this. It allows my cortisol levels to come down AND I get to enjoy some of my favorite things to decompress - like the sun, simple training sessions and my various bones/chews. Today, I’m back to my normal self and am ready to continue my work! 🥰 #reactivedogs #reactivedogsunite #reactivedogsofinstagram #reactivedog #anxiouspup #strangerdanger #behaviormanagement #stopandsnifftheflowers #takeabreak #relax #enjoythemoment #australianshepherd #miniaustralianshepherd

Yesterday, my mom decided it was a good day to just -relax-. We had a guest at the house the day before (a stranger who I’ve only met one other time, and very briefly) and whilst I did VERY well and was super polite in my asking for snuggles and love, mom likes to give me a “trigger-free” day after an experience like this. It allows my cortisol levels to come down AND I get to enjoy some of my favorite things to decompress - like the sun, simple training sessions and my various bones/chews. Today, I’m back to my normal self and am ready to continue my work! 🥰 #reactivedogs #reactivedogsunite #reactivedogsofinstagram #reactivedog #anxiouspup #strangerdanger #behaviormanagement #stopandsnifftheflowers #takeabreak #relax #enjoythemoment #australianshepherd #miniaustralianshepherd

20 0 2 hours ago
Beach Days are the best days! We hiked around the Bayocean Spit yesterday with @kya.and.koda and our new friend @jakattack816. We did so much running and chasing and frolicking! You can see Kya was hot because she’s actually in the water!
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Beach Days are the best days! We hiked around the Bayocean Spit yesterday with @kya.and.koda and our new friend @jakattack816. We did so much running and chasing and frolicking! You can see Kya was hot because she’s actually in the water!
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14 0 3 hours ago
Meet Lilyann: "Thank you, what a difference a lead makes. Lilyann is your typical rescue, she tolerates so much. Today for the first time we had a walk with no issues. A couple who had 4 dogs crossed the road so she had her space – amazing, a very happy walk. Sharron and Lilyann 
Yellow Dog UK raises awareness for dogs who need space. For more information please visit our website at www.yellowdoguk.co.uk @yellowdoguk @theworldofpets #ineedspace #somedogsneedspace #reactivedogs #reactivedog #reactivedogsofinstagram #reactivedogsunite #yellowdogsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #yellowdoguk #yellowdogs #yellowdog #dogtraining #dogrescue #lovedogs #dogs #nervousdog #anxiousdog

Meet Lilyann: "Thank you, what a difference a lead makes. Lilyann is your typical rescue, she tolerates so much. Today for the first time we had a walk with no issues. A couple who had 4 dogs crossed the road so she had her space – amazing, a very happy walk. Sharron and Lilyann
Yellow Dog UK raises awareness for dogs who need space. For more information please visit our website at www.yellowdoguk.co.uk @yellowdoguk @theworldofpets #ineedspace #somedogsneedspace #reactivedogs #reactivedog #reactivedogsofinstagram #reactivedogsunite #yellowdogsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #yellowdoguk #yellowdogs #yellowdog #dogtraining #dogrescue #lovedogs #dogs #nervousdog #anxiousdog

36 0 6 hours ago
Someone is gonna be very spoiled with lots of walks and doggie friends while we go on holidays for 2 weeks..... I'm gonna miss him 😢
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Someone is gonna be very spoiled with lots of walks and doggie friends while we go on holidays for 2 weeks..... I'm gonna miss him 😢
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#holidays #granada #dogsitters #dogsthathike #spanishsummer #summerinspain #reactivedogsunite #reactivedog #pastoremaremmano #maremmasheepdog #instadog #dogsofinstagram #doglovers #hikingwithdogs #hikingwithyourdogs

22 0 11 hours ago
Off leash walking. Great job for reacitve girl 👌
Hodanje bez uzice. Ako pas nije vezan onda je pozeljno da je vrlo poslusan. To znaci da poslusa prvi vas signal, jer bi moglo biti kasno ako morate ponavljati. Osobno ne prakticiramo setnje bez uzice. Zakonski nije dozvoljeno a isto tako ima i ljudi, djece a i drugih pasa koji se boje pasa. Sloboda se psu moze pruziti na milijun drugih nacina 😉
#reactivedog #reactivedogsofinstagram #reactivedogsunite #reactivedogtraining #dogreactivity #offleash #obedience #obediencetraining #dogtraining #workingwithreactivedogs #positivetraining

Off leash walking. Great job for reacitve girl 👌
Hodanje bez uzice. Ako pas nije vezan onda je pozeljno da je vrlo poslusan. To znaci da poslusa prvi vas signal, jer bi moglo biti kasno ako morate ponavljati. Osobno ne prakticiramo setnje bez uzice. Zakonski nije dozvoljeno a isto tako ima i ljudi, djece a i drugih pasa koji se boje pasa. Sloboda se psu moze pruziti na milijun drugih nacina 😉
#reactivedog #reactivedogsofinstagram #reactivedogsunite #reactivedogtraining #dogreactivity #offleash #obedience #obediencetraining #dogtraining #workingwithreactivedogs #positivetraining

7 0 12 hours ago
Me and Mom had an amazing weekend! Friday we went to the vet and mom said I did a great job. I tried to be a good listener even though I had to get a bunch of shots.
Then later we got to go on a hike with our friend @lizzyspike77 all the way to Squire's Castle. We saw a horse but mom didn't let me get close enough to see exactly what that is 🙄
Sunday we went on two pack walks! After the first one mom and her friends let me meet the other dogs, and you know what? They weren't even scary! We had a lot of fun hanging out.
The second walk was so fun that I got a giant case of the Zoomies near the end! I didn't even want to go home, but mom made me since she wanted to eat ice cream. I love my packs!
#muzzletraining #muzzleawareness #playoutside #dogintraining #pitbullsofinstagram #stopandsmelltheflowers #zoomies #dogfriends #reactivedogsunite #packwalk

Me and Mom had an amazing weekend! Friday we went to the vet and mom said I did a great job. I tried to be a good listener even though I had to get a bunch of shots.
Then later we got to go on a hike with our friend @lizzyspike77 all the way to Squire's Castle. We saw a horse but mom didn't let me get close enough to see exactly what that is 🙄
Sunday we went on two pack walks! After the first one mom and her friends let me meet the other dogs, and you know what? They weren't even scary! We had a lot of fun hanging out.
The second walk was so fun that I got a giant case of the Zoomies near the end! I didn't even want to go home, but mom made me since she wanted to eat ice cream. I love my packs!
#muzzletraining #muzzleawareness #playoutside #dogintraining #pitbullsofinstagram #stopandsmelltheflowers #zoomies #dogfriends #reactivedogsunite #packwalk

25 2 13 hours ago
It’s the middle of the night here right now. If I know what sleeping is? Nope, never heard of.

The wound I got from the long leash burning and almost slicing my foot off the other day looks even worse now. It looks bloody and glossy from the pus that’s just pouring from it. I cleaned it with this wound spray (chlorhexidine) to dry it out and it FREAKING HURT SO BAD. I screamed ok and I got high pain tolerance. It’s common to clean animals’ wounds with chlorhexidine too and I feel so bad for them... after experiencing it myself I’m calling it animal abuse 🤣

It’s the middle of the night here right now. If I know what sleeping is? Nope, never heard of.

The wound I got from the long leash burning and almost slicing my foot off the other day looks even worse now. It looks bloody and glossy from the pus that’s just pouring from it. I cleaned it with this wound spray (chlorhexidine) to dry it out and it FREAKING HURT SO BAD. I screamed ok and I got high pain tolerance. It’s common to clean animals’ wounds with chlorhexidine too and I feel so bad for them... after experiencing it myself I’m calling it animal abuse 🤣

109 20 16 hours ago
i need moar treats mom 🐾
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Schatzi’s been doing better with paying attention to my corrections at work today! it’s annoying sometimes to *still* have to make corrections, but I have so much faith in this sweet boy. .
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I also wanted to show proof of his cute relationship with his trainer’s baby daughter. he actively wants cuddles and attention from her, but is still sometimes unsure of her crazy wild movements. .
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#humanaggressivedog #reactivedogsunite #reactivedog #dogtraining #dogsofinstagram #bordercolliesofinstagram #bordercollielove #bordercollies #nobaddogs #anxiousdogs

i need moar treats mom 🐾
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Schatzi’s been doing better with paying attention to my corrections at work today! it’s annoying sometimes to *still* have to make corrections, but I have so much faith in this sweet boy. .
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I also wanted to show proof of his cute relationship with his trainer’s baby daughter. he actively wants cuddles and attention from her, but is still sometimes unsure of her crazy wild movements. .
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#humanaggressivedog #reactivedogsunite #reactivedog #dogtraining #dogsofinstagram #bordercolliesofinstagram #bordercollielove #bordercollies #nobaddogs #anxiousdogs

15 2 17 hours ago
Taking demo videos for my upcoming reactive dog class (which I’m super excited about!) and turned into rally training. Isn’t he great! ❤️ #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #positivereinforcement #fenzidogsportsacademy #rallyobedience #rallyobediencetraining #obediencedog

Taking demo videos for my upcoming reactive dog class (which I’m super excited about!) and turned into rally training. Isn’t he great! ❤️ #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #positivereinforcement #fenzidogsportsacademy #rallyobedience #rallyobediencetraining #obediencedog

66 2 18 hours ago
I’m getting pretty good with my new doggie house mates. We have separate entrances and living spaces, but the goal is for us to be able to share the outside. We have done many on leash walks together and sat outside this little fenced area where they hang out. Today we actually almost touched noses with Greta, the short haired pointer. Lulu, the longer haired dog is the one we are more careful about. She let us very close to get mom’s treats thrown to her!
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#reactivedogsunite #reactivedogsofinstagram #bordercollie #newhousemates

I’m getting pretty good with my new doggie house mates. We have separate entrances and living spaces, but the goal is for us to be able to share the outside. We have done many on leash walks together and sat outside this little fenced area where they hang out. Today we actually almost touched noses with Greta, the short haired pointer. Lulu, the longer haired dog is the one we are more careful about. She let us very close to get mom’s treats thrown to her!
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#reactivedogsunite #reactivedogsofinstagram #bordercollie #newhousemates

28 1 19 hours ago
We finally took down a super dead dry tree in our backyard and now Suki is in stick heaven. 🙌🏼🤗
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#sundayfunday #whiteheeler #nublife #sticksarelife #reactivedogsunite #fluoxetinegang #dogsofig #doglife #letsplay #disismine #opttoadopt #aucado #acdmix #bcmix

We finally took down a super dead dry tree in our backyard and now Suki is in stick heaven. 🙌🏼🤗
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#sundayfunday #whiteheeler #nublife #sticksarelife #reactivedogsunite #fluoxetinegang #dogsofig #doglife #letsplay #disismine #opttoadopt #aucado #acdmix #bcmix

51 4 19 hours ago
Portrait of a boy with burgers on his mind 🍔🍔🍔

Portrait of a boy with burgers on his mind 🍔🍔🍔

106 6 19 hours ago
Y’all. Let me tell you about this little bean. Last night my dear friend Alix stopped by to visit. As is customary, I put Chance on her Halte and we met Alix outside. Alix and I were roommates for 5 years (pre-Chance), so my old lady Derby loves Alix very much. Derby was off leash and excitedly greeted Alix at her car. Chance and I waited about 10 feet away. Chance sat, taking treats, and using every ounce of self control she has to wait patiently. She was very close to her threshold, but managed to self soothe each time she almost crossed it. She didn’t jump, she didn’t bark, she didn’t put any pressure on her leash. She waited, let out a few very quiet whines, and tap danced with her front paws a little, but her butt never left the ground. When Alix came over, I handed her some treats and she gave her some treats as she said Hi and Chance kept sitting. She looked back and forth between Alix and I to keep getting treats, but no jumping nothing rude just an excited dog using her self-regulation skills to not become a monster. We went in the house and I let Chance off leash almost immediately (in the past it would’ve been at least 15 minutes). She let out one flying leap before recovering and being sweet and keeping 4 on the floor. It’s been a long ride for us, but I couldn’t be prouder of her than I am right now.

Y’all. Let me tell you about this little bean. Last night my dear friend Alix stopped by to visit. As is customary, I put Chance on her Halte and we met Alix outside. Alix and I were roommates for 5 years (pre-Chance), so my old lady Derby loves Alix very much. Derby was off leash and excitedly greeted Alix at her car. Chance and I waited about 10 feet away. Chance sat, taking treats, and using every ounce of self control she has to wait patiently. She was very close to her threshold, but managed to self soothe each time she almost crossed it. She didn’t jump, she didn’t bark, she didn’t put any pressure on her leash. She waited, let out a few very quiet whines, and tap danced with her front paws a little, but her butt never left the ground. When Alix came over, I handed her some treats and she gave her some treats as she said Hi and Chance kept sitting. She looked back and forth between Alix and I to keep getting treats, but no jumping nothing rude just an excited dog using her self-regulation skills to not become a monster. We went in the house and I let Chance off leash almost immediately (in the past it would’ve been at least 15 minutes). She let out one flying leap before recovering and being sweet and keeping 4 on the floor. It’s been a long ride for us, but I couldn’t be prouder of her than I am right now.

52 2 23 hours ago
Instagram, meet Lucie! We adopted Lucie a few months ago from a rescue in Portland. After bringing her home, we found out that they unfortunately lied about a lot of her information... As Lucie has settled in with us, we discovered that she is NOT cat-friendly as we were told (we have 3), and she is selectively reactive toward larger dogs (not disclosed at all). Lucie is already such a huge part of our family, we couldn't imagine giving her up because of these things. We knew we'd have to do basic obedience training but ended up with a dog that needs a lot more. There are good days and frustrating days, but I've learned so many things in the last couple months that I would never have thought about with a "normal" dog. So we're on this new journey together, and I can't wait to see where it take us ♥️ #dogsofinstagram #dogtraining #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #boxershepherd #rescuedog #positivedogtraining #positivereinforcement

Instagram, meet Lucie! We adopted Lucie a few months ago from a rescue in Portland. After bringing her home, we found out that they unfortunately lied about a lot of her information... As Lucie has settled in with us, we discovered that she is NOT cat-friendly as we were told (we have 3), and she is selectively reactive toward larger dogs (not disclosed at all). Lucie is already such a huge part of our family, we couldn't imagine giving her up because of these things. We knew we'd have to do basic obedience training but ended up with a dog that needs a lot more. There are good days and frustrating days, but I've learned so many things in the last couple months that I would never have thought about with a "normal" dog. So we're on this new journey together, and I can't wait to see where it take us ♥️ #dogsofinstagram #dogtraining #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #boxershepherd #rescuedog #positivedogtraining #positivereinforcement

5 0 14 July, 2019
I have a question. 
And before I word it I want to make it very clear that I don't judge anyone, we are all different people who want different things, have different needs and different things make us happy.
So we work to have our dogs manage different things in life .

And I know that some people put a lot of time and energy on working on getting their dog able to follow them to a café, a bar etc.
I'm just curious to why and how you yourself think about this if you yourself have done it or are working on this with your reactive/fearful/easily stressed dog .

Like I said I don't judge. I know that with a lot of time and training your dog can be fine in these situations without being flooded .

I'm just curious bc it's nothing I would ever do.
I'm not a social person with a need to do this, and when I do want to meet a friend I can leave Ninja at home or ask my friend to follow us on a picnic somewhere where Ninja feels safe and relaxed. And I rather find a lawn somewhere and sit down under a tree and bring my own coffee. For example.
I rather spend all this time and energy spent to get my dog comfortable in these situations, like going to a café or bar, on something my dog finds genuinely fun to do - like tricks, tracking or just hanging out and going on adventure hikes .

But like I said, we are all different and I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this as long as it's done right (no flooding, no learned helplessness) - it's just so far from who I am that I am curious.
So please do tell me, why did you decide to work on this with your dog? And how did you do it?

I have a question. 
And before I word it I want to make it very clear that I don't judge anyone, we are all different people who want different things, have different needs and different things make us happy.
So we work to have our dogs manage different things in life .

And I know that some people put a lot of time and energy on working on getting their dog able to follow them to a café, a bar etc.
I'm just curious to why and how you yourself think about this if you yourself have done it or are working on this with your reactive/fearful/easily stressed dog .

Like I said I don't judge. I know that with a lot of time and training your dog can be fine in these situations without being flooded .

I'm just curious bc it's nothing I would ever do.
I'm not a social person with a need to do this, and when I do want to meet a friend I can leave Ninja at home or ask my friend to follow us on a picnic somewhere where Ninja feels safe and relaxed. And I rather find a lawn somewhere and sit down under a tree and bring my own coffee. For example.
I rather spend all this time and energy spent to get my dog comfortable in these situations, like going to a café or bar, on something my dog finds genuinely fun to do - like tricks, tracking or just hanging out and going on adventure hikes .

But like I said, we are all different and I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this as long as it's done right (no flooding, no learned helplessness) - it's just so far from who I am that I am curious.
So please do tell me, why did you decide to work on this with your dog? And how did you do it?

51 27 14 July, 2019
7 years ago: "How do you feel about fostering a mom and puppies. They're kind of weird." Oh, how weird this dude became. Happy foster fail day and bday. Thanks @nycacc for helping me find the only man that will happily listen to Old Town Road with me.

7 years ago: "How do you feel about fostering a mom and puppies. They're kind of weird." Oh, how weird this dude became. Happy foster fail day and bday. Thanks @nycacc for helping me find the only man that will happily listen to Old Town Road with me.

70 4 14 July, 2019
Sorry for the rear view 😬 We've been working on rear end movements still quite the challenge just identifying left and right leg. .
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So at the park this morning we took the challenge of being in close proximity with our trigger. Once upon a time he had no problems with this trigger but then he witnessed a friend of his get into a fight twice with this trigger!!! From then on he could no longer trust this trigger 🤷🏻‍♀️ So this morning we had to be close for a discussion and of course as expected too close for comfort. Temper tantrum ensued-- barking, lunging, jumping at me but no one cared discussions had to be made. He was able to recover and we were able to be in proximity without tantrums. So we did it!!! Lots to be proud of 🎉🎉🎉 . Anyone else have had this indirect negative experience type of grudge🤪
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Our cool pawtner @beaubeethedog please visit @pibborafi and vote for him 🙆🏻‍♀️❤️🐶

Sorry for the rear view 😬 We've been working on rear end movements still quite the challenge just identifying left and right leg. .
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So at the park this morning we took the challenge of being in close proximity with our trigger. Once upon a time he had no problems with this trigger but then he witnessed a friend of his get into a fight twice with this trigger!!! From then on he could no longer trust this trigger 🤷🏻‍♀️ So this morning we had to be close for a discussion and of course as expected too close for comfort. Temper tantrum ensued-- barking, lunging, jumping at me but no one cared discussions had to be made. He was able to recover and we were able to be in proximity without tantrums. So we did it!!! Lots to be proud of 🎉🎉🎉 . Anyone else have had this indirect negative experience type of grudge🤪
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#jimmypinkpaws #dogsofnyc #dogsofbayridge #pittienation #yesimunneutered #pleasestopjudging #spayandneuterdoesnotdefineresponsibleownership #pittiesrule #pittielove #domorewithyourdog #buzzfeed #bestwoof #weeklyfluff #caninelife #caninelove #trainyourdog #rearendawareness #reactivedogsunite #caninefitness #dogvideos #nycdogs .
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82 2 14 July, 2019
We really had the greatest time yesterday! Managed to take some really nice photos 🙈

But one thing that hit me while editing was that somehow, I think my photos look so much more magical than the last time, every goddamn time. But when I look back at them a few weeks later I’m like, wut was I thinking. And then I somehow manage to change my editing style each time too? It’s frustrating because when I plan my feed I can’t seem to make the photos from different sessions fit together 😳

This photo right here though is a very old one I never posted. I was wondering how to make it fit into my feed but then I was like... whatever let’s just post it 🤣

We really had the greatest time yesterday! Managed to take some really nice photos 🙈

But one thing that hit me while editing was that somehow, I think my photos look so much more magical than the last time, every goddamn time. But when I look back at them a few weeks later I’m like, wut was I thinking. And then I somehow manage to change my editing style each time too? It’s frustrating because when I plan my feed I can’t seem to make the photos from different sessions fit together 😳

This photo right here though is a very old one I never posted. I was wondering how to make it fit into my feed but then I was like... whatever let’s just post it 🤣

82 3 14 July, 2019
Graduated outdoor class today. Was the best boy but still had to yell at the lady who dared talking to me while I was walking #noregrets #donttalktome

Graduated outdoor class today. Was the best boy but still had to yell at the lady who dared talking to me while I was walking #noregrets #donttalktome

48 2 14 July, 2019
🥰 Best friends 🥰
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I get a lot of questions about Hallie and wearing her muzzle when she’s with @haku.the.husky Hallie legally has to wear her muzzle in public, plus I would choose to have her muzzled in public anyway as it’s hard to control any triggers like off leash dogs, so any time we are at the park or walkies with Haku, she’ll always have her muzzle on. When we are at his house playing, so long as there are no triggers around (I.e. other people she doesn’t know) then she’s muzzle free. Hallie absolutely doesn’t mind wearing the muzzle and she has great fun regardless 😊
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🥰 Best friends 🥰
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I get a lot of questions about Hallie and wearing her muzzle when she’s with @haku.the.husky Hallie legally has to wear her muzzle in public, plus I would choose to have her muzzled in public anyway as it’s hard to control any triggers like off leash dogs, so any time we are at the park or walkies with Haku, she’ll always have her muzzle on. When we are at his house playing, so long as there are no triggers around (I.e. other people she doesn’t know) then she’s muzzle free. Hallie absolutely doesn’t mind wearing the muzzle and she has great fun regardless 😊
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113 12 14 July, 2019
When you realize jets licking clean mums plate and you're not

When you realize jets licking clean mums plate and you're not

28 1 14 July, 2019
Nicole and Daisy made great connections today.Daisy and her human rocked training today and learned so fast! Lots of basics! #pitbullsofinstagram #pitmixesofinstagram #rescues #anxiousdogs #anxious #separationanxiety #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #leashtraining101 #basics

Nicole and Daisy made great connections today.Daisy and her human rocked training today and learned so fast! Lots of basics! #pitbullsofinstagram #pitmixesofinstagram #rescues #anxiousdogs #anxious #separationanxiety #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #leashtraining101 #basics

18 1 14 July, 2019
Still here! Still awesome. Still working on getting moved in. Still so happy 💕

Still here! Still awesome. Still working on getting moved in. Still so happy 💕

213 3 14 July, 2019
Aneira came with my parents and I to the power boat races this morning, and despite a couple lil outbursts, did amazing... She layed at our feet and under the bench most of the time, and even chilled out when another dog took up residence right next to us (after an initial reaction of course. Lol)...
Then we relaxed for the afternoon and finished the day off with a walk with @mclevydogs...
Swipe to see some boat action, the dogs enjoying some brand new grass, and capping their date off with a golden hour photo shoot 💜
#datenight #puppylove 
#optoutside #funinthesun #dogs #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #northbay #instagramdogs #muttsofinstagram #saturday #funwithdogs #reactivedog #weekend #summer #getoutside #powerboats #northbay #balancethereactivity #reactivedogsunite

Aneira came with my parents and I to the power boat races this morning, and despite a couple lil outbursts, did amazing... She layed at our feet and under the bench most of the time, and even chilled out when another dog took up residence right next to us (after an initial reaction of course. Lol)...
Then we relaxed for the afternoon and finished the day off with a walk with @mclevydogs...
Swipe to see some boat action, the dogs enjoying some brand new grass, and capping their date off with a golden hour photo shoot 💜
#datenight #puppylove
#optoutside #funinthesun #dogs #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #northbay #instagramdogs #muttsofinstagram #saturday #funwithdogs #reactivedog #weekend #summer #getoutside #powerboats #northbay #balancethereactivity #reactivedogsunite

28 0 14 July, 2019
Loose leash walking, for reactive dogs, is an essential skill. I invested heavily in training proximity and calmness on our walks, so that Yoshi stays close and under threshold. Nobody wants to get pulled down the the street, and it makes for such a more pleasurable experience for you AND your dog. In addition, though- reactive dogs already are quite stressed and often have elevated cortisol levels. For these dogs, walks are not very fun. By keeping walks calm, short, and full of lots of sniffing and slow exploring, reactive dogs can work on disengagement and self regulation. I love Yoshi's relaxed body language here, her auto check ins, and the fact that she feels safe enough to sniff and take her time. We achieved this without ever using pain, fear, or force. 
#petsbehavingwellvideo #petsbehavingwell #youdonthaveto #positivereinforcement #looseleashwalking #llw #Yoshibug #pitbulls #pitbullsofinstagram #pibbling #reactivedog #reactiverover #reactivedogsotw #reactivedogsunite #forcefree #fearfree #rewardbasedtraining #trainingshouldbefun #calmnessisking #americanstaffordshireterrier #amstaff #staffiesdaily #staffygram

Loose leash walking, for reactive dogs, is an essential skill. I invested heavily in training proximity and calmness on our walks, so that Yoshi stays close and under threshold. Nobody wants to get pulled down the the street, and it makes for such a more pleasurable experience for you AND your dog. In addition, though- reactive dogs already are quite stressed and often have elevated cortisol levels. For these dogs, walks are not very fun. By keeping walks calm, short, and full of lots of sniffing and slow exploring, reactive dogs can work on disengagement and self regulation. I love Yoshi's relaxed body language here, her auto check ins, and the fact that she feels safe enough to sniff and take her time. We achieved this without ever using pain, fear, or force.
#petsbehavingwellvideo #petsbehavingwell #youdonthaveto #positivereinforcement #looseleashwalking #llw #Yoshibug #pitbulls #pitbullsofinstagram #pibbling #reactivedog #reactiverover #reactivedogsotw #reactivedogsunite #forcefree #fearfree #rewardbasedtraining #trainingshouldbefun #calmnessisking #americanstaffordshireterrier #amstaff #staffiesdaily #staffygram

58 10 14 July, 2019
Gettin the good leg itch

Gettin the good leg itch

40 2 13 July, 2019
Sending my selfie to NASA, because I’m a star 💫
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Sending my selfie to NASA, because I’m a star 💫

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239 8 13 July, 2019
You guys saw that we are doing some muzzle training with Enzo on the trails, let me tell you why. I have started noticing that Enzo is getting really fearful of other dogs which leads him to snap at them but with Enzo it’s not just a snap it’s more of he’s not going to stop, luckily I have caught him in time before anything has lead to a dog fight. I decided he needs to be muzzle on trails while we work on this. I use to be really embarrassed on how my dogs act but fuck that and fuck everyone who thinks I have bad dogs or mean dogs because that’s not the case, it would be the case if I didn’t take the steps to train them to make them just as good as any other dogs. All dogs have their limits and their flaws but us as owners need to help them get through them instead of ignoring them, because trust me, they aren’t going anywhere. Be your dogs voice even if you sound like an asshole because you are the only voice your dog has. ❤️ (and I now realize his muzzle is a little big but this is all we had today but I ordered a smaller size so I don’t want to hear it 😂)
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Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Sigma Art 20mm
Settings: 1/1000, f2.0, ISO 100

You guys saw that we are doing some muzzle training with Enzo on the trails, let me tell you why. I have started noticing that Enzo is getting really fearful of other dogs which leads him to snap at them but with Enzo it’s not just a snap it’s more of he’s not going to stop, luckily I have caught him in time before anything has lead to a dog fight. I decided he needs to be muzzle on trails while we work on this. I use to be really embarrassed on how my dogs act but fuck that and fuck everyone who thinks I have bad dogs or mean dogs because that’s not the case, it would be the case if I didn’t take the steps to train them to make them just as good as any other dogs. All dogs have their limits and their flaws but us as owners need to help them get through them instead of ignoring them, because trust me, they aren’t going anywhere. Be your dogs voice even if you sound like an asshole because you are the only voice your dog has. ❤️ (and I now realize his muzzle is a little big but this is all we had today but I ordered a smaller size so I don’t want to hear it 😂)
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Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Sigma Art 20mm
Settings: 1/1000, f2.0, ISO 100

2,791 450 13 July, 2019
So much fun today at DOGA! I really hope we can make this a yearly thing with @libertylifeyoga 🧘‍♀️🐶 however, this post is dedicated to my little Sadie girl & I hope you all take a minute to read it. 💜
As many of you know, I am passionately here for any and all dogs with reactivity - and most of you know this comes largely from my life with Sadie. Sadie was so reactive at one point that a dog down the road and across the street was enough to send her into an inconsolable reactive state. And yet, here we are today at DOGA. Sadie didn’t have a single reaction here, we were the second dog here and she went up and greeted every single dog that came. During DOGA she relaxed and was in her own world, with no sense of threat or worry, just relaxed (and a little warm lol). 💜
We got here with no quick miracle solutions. Instead.. We got here with so many tears. We got here with years of crossing the street when other dogs appeared, or asking people to please not enter the elevator with their dog even tho I know it was an annoying thing to ask. By moving, to somewhere with no neighbours and no elevators. By changing the times we walked, and our routes. By learning where every single “escape route” was anywhere we walked (so many alleys we never knew about). With thousands of treats. We got here on Sadie’s terms. We got here on Sadie’s timeline. It took us over 3 years, which I know, it’s a lot. But those 3 years have been the best of my life and have changed who I am as a person. It helped me find @whenhoundsfly. It helped me learn empathy and compassion in a way no human could ever teach me. It made me reprioritize my life. This is what I’m here to do. I am here to empower reactive dogs and their owners to work as a team. To understand each other on a level you never knew possible. To lead by example, and show you that you are not alone. Your dog is not broken. There is this idea of a “perfect” dog, one that needs to be completely social and not fearful - but that’s bullshit. Your dog determines their normal. 💜
My dog is happier, more confident, and she’s silly again. I dedicate my life to her (and frank... and anyone who needs me). You got this. You are not alone

So much fun today at DOGA! I really hope we can make this a yearly thing with @libertylifeyoga 🧘‍♀️🐶 however, this post is dedicated to my little Sadie girl & I hope you all take a minute to read it. 💜
As many of you know, I am passionately here for any and all dogs with reactivity - and most of you know this comes largely from my life with Sadie. Sadie was so reactive at one point that a dog down the road and across the street was enough to send her into an inconsolable reactive state. And yet, here we are today at DOGA. Sadie didn’t have a single reaction here, we were the second dog here and she went up and greeted every single dog that came. During DOGA she relaxed and was in her own world, with no sense of threat or worry, just relaxed (and a little warm lol). 💜
We got here with no quick miracle solutions. Instead.. We got here with so many tears. We got here with years of crossing the street when other dogs appeared, or asking people to please not enter the elevator with their dog even tho I know it was an annoying thing to ask. By moving, to somewhere with no neighbours and no elevators. By changing the times we walked, and our routes. By learning where every single “escape route” was anywhere we walked (so many alleys we never knew about). With thousands of treats. We got here on Sadie’s terms. We got here on Sadie’s timeline. It took us over 3 years, which I know, it’s a lot. But those 3 years have been the best of my life and have changed who I am as a person. It helped me find @whenhoundsfly. It helped me learn empathy and compassion in a way no human could ever teach me. It made me reprioritize my life. This is what I’m here to do. I am here to empower reactive dogs and their owners to work as a team. To understand each other on a level you never knew possible. To lead by example, and show you that you are not alone. Your dog is not broken. There is this idea of a “perfect” dog, one that needs to be completely social and not fearful - but that’s bullshit. Your dog determines their normal. 💜
My dog is happier, more confident, and she’s silly again. I dedicate my life to her (and frank... and anyone who needs me). You got this. You are not alone

61 15 13 July, 2019
1.5 more days of summer snuggles with this little bean

1.5 more days of summer snuggles with this little bean

39 1 13 July, 2019
Hi friends!

We've been busy learning my commands without the help of hand signals this week. I've got sit, lay, stand, come, kiss, spin and go around objects down so far!

It's been fun and something to do inside when it's way too hot to play in the backyard ☀️ I've also decided I love the sound of my voice so I like to randomly bork that way mom and dad can enjoy it too! Mom is working on breaking that habit by rewarding when I'm quiet and only when I bork on command. .
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Hi friends!

We've been busy learning my commands without the help of hand signals this week. I've got sit, lay, stand, come, kiss, spin and go around objects down so far!

It's been fun and something to do inside when it's way too hot to play in the backyard ☀️ I've also decided I love the sound of my voice so I like to randomly bork that way mom and dad can enjoy it too! Mom is working on breaking that habit by rewarding when I'm quiet and only when I bork on command. .
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24 2 13 July, 2019
Riley did something pretty amazing yesterday! He tackled a music festival! While he did react a few times while we were there it was only while we were sitting at a table and people tried to interact with me or him. When we were walking through the crowds he heeled amazingly and was not bothered by the crowds of people at all, even when we had to squeeze through tight spaces. People respected his space well and no one tried to pet him without asking, and those who did ask were respectful of me saying no. I am so proud of him for how well he handled everything. 
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Riley did something pretty amazing yesterday! He tackled a music festival! While he did react a few times while we were there it was only while we were sitting at a table and people tried to interact with me or him. When we were walking through the crowds he heeled amazingly and was not bothered by the crowds of people at all, even when we had to squeeze through tight spaces. People respected his space well and no one tried to pet him without asking, and those who did ask were respectful of me saying no. I am so proud of him for how well he handled everything.
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44 0 13 July, 2019

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We went for a walk to a local sandwich shop & worked on muzzle conditioning & polite walking and waiting (with the hubs while I ran in for sandwiches). Except she was only polite up until she saw a skateboard & promptly lost her ever loving mind over it. And then later in the evening I made the mistake of *gasp* moving the kitchen table & she couldn’t mentally handle the change and spent the rest of the evening barking at every faint noise in a 4 block radius. Like humans, dogs have hard days too, and I try to remember that she’s not giving me a hard time, she is HAVING a hard time. (Though I may have sent her to bed early to drink wine in peace.) #train20challenge #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #muzzleupproject #muzzleup #muzzleawareness #bumas #bumaslove

We went for a walk to a local sandwich shop & worked on muzzle conditioning & polite walking and waiting (with the hubs while I ran in for sandwiches). Except she was only polite up until she saw a skateboard & promptly lost her ever loving mind over it. And then later in the evening I made the mistake of *gasp* moving the kitchen table & she couldn’t mentally handle the change and spent the rest of the evening barking at every faint noise in a 4 block radius. Like humans, dogs have hard days too, and I try to remember that she’s not giving me a hard time, she is HAVING a hard time. (Though I may have sent her to bed early to drink wine in peace.) #train20challenge #reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #muzzleupproject #muzzleup #muzzleawareness #bumas #bumaslove

557 41 13 June, 2019
So it's time to vent. If you've been following us for awhile you will know we've been working really hard to address Finns reactivity issues. He has made enormous strides with the use of the ecollar and we regularly walk around a nearby dog friendly town to train. It's gotten to the point that he can stay calm with other dog barking and lunging within a few feet of him and it's very rare for him to react while in movement. However, when stationary on leash, he still becomes very uncomfortable and tense and does not like to be approached head on. I understand that people assume because we are out in public he's friendly so I don't fault people for approaching without asking but I do expect when I ask them to stop and give us space that they comply.

Yesterday, while standing and talking training with someone working through similar issues with their dog, I was approached not once, or twice, but FOUR times, by people who ignored my repeated requests not to approach. The responses I got included: "oh they'll be fine" "but he looks so calm and friendly around that dog" "but mine loves shepherds" and "they look like they want to be friends." All 4 times I had stop the conversation I was having to move away because I am not going to put Finn in a position where he is set up to fail. With a proper, calm and controlled introduction, he is fine. But these were people with no clue about dog behavior or body language and no control over their own dogs, so I would absolutely not allow them to meet.

So basically, I'm angry and annoyed by the stupidity and ignorance. Rant over.

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#gsdforlife #gsd4life #gsdlover
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So it's time to vent. If you've been following us for awhile you will know we've been working really hard to address Finns reactivity issues. He has made enormous strides with the use of the ecollar and we regularly walk around a nearby dog friendly town to train. It's gotten to the point that he can stay calm with other dog barking and lunging within a few feet of him and it's very rare for him to react while in movement. However, when stationary on leash, he still becomes very uncomfortable and tense and does not like to be approached head on. I understand that people assume because we are out in public he's friendly so I don't fault people for approaching without asking but I do expect when I ask them to stop and give us space that they comply.

Yesterday, while standing and talking training with someone working through similar issues with their dog, I was approached not once, or twice, but FOUR times, by people who ignored my repeated requests not to approach. The responses I got included: "oh they'll be fine" "but he looks so calm and friendly around that dog" "but mine loves shepherds" and "they look like they want to be friends." All 4 times I had stop the conversation I was having to move away because I am not going to put Finn in a position where he is set up to fail. With a proper, calm and controlled introduction, he is fine. But these were people with no clue about dog behavior or body language and no control over their own dogs, so I would absolutely not allow them to meet.

So basically, I'm angry and annoyed by the stupidity and ignorance. Rant over.

#reactivedog #reactivedogsunite #ecollartraining #dogtraining #reactivedogsofinstagram
#gsdforlife #gsd4life #gsdlover
#germanshepherdcommunity
#thegermanshepherdworld
#GermanShepherdNation
#instagsd #instadogsfeature #dogsofinsta #dogsofny #naturedog #dogsofinstagram #lovepuppies #adventurepup #pupsofinstagram #k9

1,861 89 23 May, 2019
Because of our muzzles, we’re best buddies!

It’s #muzzleupmonday folks! That means we’re going to share some muzzle benefits and insights and we challenge you to do the same. Post, share, educate! Get the word out to help break the stigma and educate the public of the positive uses of muzzles.

Featured in this photo is our friend @mochi_and_kiwi
Mochi gets nervous when meeting new dogs because he doesn’t like when they are very high energy or all up in his face. I’ve been helping him and his doggie parents utilize a muzzle, some counter conditioning, recall practice in distracted moments, and positive socialization to help Mochi know what to do when he gets overwhelmed.
Mochi here is actually harmless, but because when he gets nervous, he growls, this makes others nervous. We utilize the muzzle to help everyone feel comfortable, including Mochi!

Without these muzzles, I would have been reluctant to introduce Tucker and Mochi.
Tucker doesn’t always respond well to confrontation by other dogs. The muzzle helps me know that even if he is challenged, confronted or annoyed, he will never be at fault.
These two boys have become pretty good buds over the last several weeks. I think maybe that they appreciate the moral support 🥰😜
#muzzleup #muzzleupclub #muzzleupproject #muzzlemonday

Because of our muzzles, we’re best buddies!

It’s #muzzleupmonday folks! That means we’re going to share some muzzle benefits and insights and we challenge you to do the same. Post, share, educate! Get the word out to help break the stigma and educate the public of the positive uses of muzzles.

Featured in this photo is our friend @mochi_and_kiwi
Mochi gets nervous when meeting new dogs because he doesn’t like when they are very high energy or all up in his face. I’ve been helping him and his doggie parents utilize a muzzle, some counter conditioning, recall practice in distracted moments, and positive socialization to help Mochi know what to do when he gets overwhelmed.
Mochi here is actually harmless, but because when he gets nervous, he growls, this makes others nervous. We utilize the muzzle to help everyone feel comfortable, including Mochi!

Without these muzzles, I would have been reluctant to introduce Tucker and Mochi.
Tucker doesn’t always respond well to confrontation by other dogs. The muzzle helps me know that even if he is challenged, confronted or annoyed, he will never be at fault.
These two boys have become pretty good buds over the last several weeks. I think maybe that they appreciate the moral support 🥰😜
#muzzleup #muzzleupclub #muzzleupproject #muzzlemonday

763 30 1 July, 2019
Lets make Muzzle Up Monday happen!

Do you know the importance of muzzle training? Do you want to be an advocate for muzzle training?

Even if your dog may never need a muzzle, teaching them to wear one can be a life saving skill!
Any dog can bite when they are in pain or frightened. Some dogs because of their size, breed, or location must wear muzzles in public.
Other dogs benefit from muzzles by being prevented from eating dangerous things or using their mouth in inappropriate ways.

Every Monday, I want challenge you to share a #muzzleupmonday post. Whether that be a dog in a muzzle, teaching your dog to wear one, or simply sharing a thought about them, or sharing someone else’s post! We need to get rid of the stigma and encourage others that muzzles are good things and every dog can benefit from learning to wear one!
Don’t have a muzzle? Try some muzzle up games with a cup, or other similar object your dog can practice putting their snout in.
Be sure to tag me so that I can share! ❤️
#muzzleup #muzzlemonday #pawsitivedevelopment #muzzleupproject

Lets make Muzzle Up Monday happen!

Do you know the importance of muzzle training? Do you want to be an advocate for muzzle training?

Even if your dog may never need a muzzle, teaching them to wear one can be a life saving skill!
Any dog can bite when they are in pain or frightened. Some dogs because of their size, breed, or location must wear muzzles in public.
Other dogs benefit from muzzles by being prevented from eating dangerous things or using their mouth in inappropriate ways.

Every Monday, I want challenge you to share a #muzzleupmonday post. Whether that be a dog in a muzzle, teaching your dog to wear one, or simply sharing a thought about them, or sharing someone else’s post! We need to get rid of the stigma and encourage others that muzzles are good things and every dog can benefit from learning to wear one!
Don’t have a muzzle? Try some muzzle up games with a cup, or other similar object your dog can practice putting their snout in.
Be sure to tag me so that I can share! ❤️
#muzzleup #muzzlemonday #pawsitivedevelopment #muzzleupproject

558 19 24 June, 2019
Two little potatoes hanging out under a tree. If someone had of told me last fall that in less than a year franklin would be able to lay calmly and relaxed next to a dog he doesn’t even know I would have laughed in their faces. Franklin was amazing today at the UPK9 Scavenger hunt! I don’t think daddy and mama have ever been so proud. .
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#pitbullsofinstagram #graypotato #pittielove #rescuedogsofinstagram #pitbull #calmstateofmind #reactivedogsunite #showmeyourpitties #dogfriendly #muzzleupproject #pibblelove #endbsl #georgiapeach #halifaxdogs #responsiblepetownership #pittiesmile

Two little potatoes hanging out under a tree. If someone had of told me last fall that in less than a year franklin would be able to lay calmly and relaxed next to a dog he doesn’t even know I would have laughed in their faces. Franklin was amazing today at the UPK9 Scavenger hunt! I don’t think daddy and mama have ever been so proud. .
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#pitbullsofinstagram #graypotato #pittielove #rescuedogsofinstagram #pitbull #calmstateofmind #reactivedogsunite #showmeyourpitties #dogfriendly #muzzleupproject #pibblelove #endbsl #georgiapeach #halifaxdogs #responsiblepetownership #pittiesmile

297 4 6 July, 2019
Beach hair. Don’t care. I’m too glam to give a damn.
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The beach is Sadie’s happy place. Surprisingly, it’s the only place that Sadie’s reactivity is at bay. Sadie was set to take her CGC test at the end of last year. But something happened. We don’t know what exactly but her mean streak is back.
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As a 3-month old puppy my family was terrified of her. She would snap and snarl if you tried to pick her up, move her, or if you sat too close. To have a new 7lb puppy that would draw blood was kinda scary. We had a trainer from @pawtopia come and he snapped the meanness right out of her.
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Since January, Sadie’s reactivity is back. But not towards the family this time. It’s towards every other dog. Neighborhood dogs that she’s grown up with have been attacked, friends’ dogs have been snarled at, and random dogs on the street have been lunged at. The only 2 dogs that are safe are Bo and whoever our foster is at that point. Her reactivity seems to only shine while out in public.
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Now, I don’t take Sadie anywhere except the beach. She’s not allowed at dog parks, when I meet up with friends and their pups, or for play dates. I will however take her on the @realdogbox pack walks since those are helping.
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We’ve begun muzzle training but it’s a slow and patient process. I’d love to hear if any of you have gone through something like this and if you have any advice for us.
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📸: @muttsbelovephotography

Beach hair. Don’t care. I’m too glam to give a damn.
⠀⠀
The beach is Sadie’s happy place. Surprisingly, it’s the only place that Sadie’s reactivity is at bay. Sadie was set to take her CGC test at the end of last year. But something happened. We don’t know what exactly but her mean streak is back.
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As a 3-month old puppy my family was terrified of her. She would snap and snarl if you tried to pick her up, move her, or if you sat too close. To have a new 7lb puppy that would draw blood was kinda scary. We had a trainer from @pawtopia come and he snapped the meanness right out of her.
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Since January, Sadie’s reactivity is back. But not towards the family this time. It’s towards every other dog. Neighborhood dogs that she’s grown up with have been attacked, friends’ dogs have been snarled at, and random dogs on the street have been lunged at. The only 2 dogs that are safe are Bo and whoever our foster is at that point. Her reactivity seems to only shine while out in public.
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Now, I don’t take Sadie anywhere except the beach. She’s not allowed at dog parks, when I meet up with friends and their pups, or for play dates. I will however take her on the @realdogbox pack walks since those are helping.
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We’ve begun muzzle training but it’s a slow and patient process. I’d love to hear if any of you have gone through something like this and if you have any advice for us.
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📸: @muttsbelovephotography

656 80 28 May, 2019
Day 2 ▪️ #train20challenge
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NEW FRIEND ALERT! We met @gatsby_the_great_mix for the first time! We had no idea how this meeting would go, but Tornado was so calm around the great Gatsby. Tornado always feeds off of the energy of other dogs, so we started slow by walking them away from each other and letting Tornado decide when he was ready to approach. We’re so excited and proud!!!
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We actually did this meeting last week! We can’t wait to hangout with @gatsby_the_great_mix again!

Day 2 ▪️ #train20challenge
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NEW FRIEND ALERT! We met @gatsby_the_great_mix for the first time! We had no idea how this meeting would go, but Tornado was so calm around the great Gatsby. Tornado always feeds off of the energy of other dogs, so we started slow by walking them away from each other and letting Tornado decide when he was ready to approach. We’re so excited and proud!!!
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We actually did this meeting last week! We can’t wait to hangout with @gatsby_the_great_mix again!

781 160 2 June, 2019