from reactivity to recovery


The beautiful dog you see in this picture is Neechi. He is my recovering reactive dog. All of my dogs have had amazing things to teach me, and he has taught me all about living with a dog who’s reactive to other dogs on a leash.

I know firsthand that living with a dog who barks & lunges at other dogs on a walk can be REALLY stressful and embarrassing. I’d love to help you and your dog move from reactive to recovering! It’s not only possible, but even better, we can do it using kind methods that are good for both you and your dog!

Learning to Dog’s program for leash reactive dogs is designed to support you and your dog through the steps to recovery, moving forward at a pace that makes the most sense for you and your dog.

You’ll learn essential leash handling skills, management strategies, and for those who are looking for real behavioral change, positive methods for helping your dog make good choices.

And one of the best parts about working together, is helping you feel less isolated. You’ll meet other people who are struggling, too.





Here’s how our 3 step Reactive Dog Program works:

Step 1: Skill Building Clinic

This is 90-minute group class is designed to teach you essential leash handling and management skills. You will work in supportive teams with non-reactive dogs. Leave your own dogs at home!

For some people, the skills learned in this clinic may be all they feel they need! For others, advancing to Step 2 may be the goal so that they can attend a group class with their own dog.

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $55 for a 90-minute class

Step 2: Skill Assessment

This assessment will help us determine whether you can implement the skills you learned in the Skill Building Clinic with your own dog. We will also assess if your dog may be able to work in a carefully controlled group setting. Think of it as low stakes dress rehearsal for the group class!

You can do as many skill assessments as you like, and use these appointments to receive private coaching with your dog.

Prerequisite: Skill Building Clinic

Cost: $45 for 30 minutes


Step 3: Reactive Dog Group Class

Show time! In this 5-week group class, we will work on the skills you and your dog need to safely navigate the world you live in. Your dog will learn to look to your for guidance when triggers are present, and you will gain confidence in knowing how to support them. Homework assignments will need to be completed each week to be successful in this class.

Prerequisite: Skill Assessment

Cost: $250 for 5 weeks of class (1 hour each)

Providing professional force-free, positive reinforcement training, including puppy preschool, private puppy training, puppy classes, dog training, canine good citizen, and more in Durham, and surrounding areas including Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Morrisville, Bahama, Northwest Raleigh. Our puppy classes are held in our training studio in central Durham (902 Cleveland Street).