Classes for Reactive Dogs

We offer two classes, using different training techniques, each with the goal of reducing reactivity towards other dogs. You can read more details about each class, or just complete the class questionnaire at the bottom of this page, and our instructors will guide you to the class they think will be the best fit.

Prerequisite: Dog and Puppy Training 101 and Instructor Permission.

Upcoming dates:

Reactive Rover | Tuesdays, 3/24 – 4/28 at 8:15 p.m.

Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) | Tuesdays, 3/24 – 4/28 at 6:45 p.m.

General class details:

  • These classes are not for dogs who have aggression towards humans and do not address off-leash dog-dog interactions.
  • For this course, you must plan to attend every session of class with the same handler(s) and be prepared to spend 30 minutes to one hour practicing daily homework assignments. All class attendees must be 14 years of age or older; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Do not bring your dog to the first class. This is a MANDATORY humans-only orientation in addition to the Dog and Puppy Training 101 seminar.
  • There will be no off-leash interaction; on-leash interaction is based on your dog’s progress throughout the course.

Reactive Rover:

Class fee: $275 (or, as your free class included with adoption fee).

  • This class uses positive reinforcement methods, including the use of food rewards and clicker training. Visual barriers and specially-designed training exercises involving controlled exposure to other dogs are used to set your dog up for success.
  • Prefer to attend without your dog? We have a limited number of audit slots available. You will be provided with all class materials and will have the opportunity to observe, learn, and ask questions. This class is packed with valuable tips and techniques on how to work with dogs who display reactivity, aggression, and fear-based aggression in an on-leash context. Enroll for an audit spot here.

Behavior Adjustment Training:

Class fee: $300 (or, as your free class included with adoption fee). Fee includes a 15-foot leash that is required for the class (a $30 value).

BAT 2.0 (Behavior Adjustment Training) is a gentle, force-free training method that empowers dogs to communicate peacefully in their native “canine language” and make positive behavior choices. BAT 2.0 can help dogs in many ways, including reducing frustration, fear, and/or reactivity towards other dogs on leash, and building foundational skills for appropriate dog-dog social interactions and greetings.

BAT class takes place outdoors on Seattle Humane’s campus. BAT uses special leash skills that you will learn as part of the class. A 15-foot leash is included with your enrollment in class! 

BAT class may be a great fit for you and your dog if:

  • You can attend an outdoor class, rain or shine.
  • You are comfortable navigating uneven terrain.
  • You do not have any limitations that preclude you from walking your dog on a long leash and learning long-leash handling skills.
  • Your dog is not afraid of traffic (campus is near a busy road; there is traffic noise).
  • Your dog has some challenges interacting with other dogs or seeing other dogs on leash but does not have significant fear or aggression issues with people.
  • Your dog can spend time in your car while waiting for their turn.
  • Your dog is not motivated by treats (treat lovers also welcome in class).
  • Your dog is frustrated or becomes stressed in a more typical classroom environment, and would benefit from more space.

Prefer to attend without your dog? We have a limited number of audit slots available. You will be provided with all class materials and will have the opportunity to observe, learn, and ask questions. This class is packed with valuable tips and techniques on how to work with dogs who display reactivity, aggression, and fear-based aggression in an on-leash context. Enroll for an audit spot here.

Registration process:

  • Complete our questionnaire. Once instructor permission is obtained, we will send you a link to enroll. Please note that we cannot reserve a place in class until you have instructor permission, have scheduled attendance in the Dog and Puppy Training 101 seminar, and the class fee has been received.