This support group is intended for guardians of dogs who bark, lunge, growl, pull or otherwise react at other dogs while on leash.
It’s tough having a leash-reactive dog, especially in a dense urban environment! Guardians of leash reactive dogs often find themselves feeling isolated, embarrassed and emotional about their dog’s behavior. This support group was created with the goal of helping owners understand that it’s OK to have a reactive dog – that they are not alone, and that their dog is not a “bad” dog.
Leash reactivity support group at the SF SPCA is a safe space for guardians of leash-reactive dogs to discuss their dog’s progress and setbacks, share their experiences, and find support and a safe space to vent their frustrations and concerns.
This is a forum for dog owners committed to using humane, science-based, positive-reinforcement-based training methods. We do not condone and will not permit recommendations of any punishment-based equipment or training methods within this group.
This support group is a humans-only gathering.
The tips and advice that may be offered in support group cannot replace a qualified certified trainer or veterinary behaviorist - if you are struggling, please consider working with a professional.
Support group will be facilitated by an SF SPCA staff member.
- A commitment to positive-reinforcement training based in the most current science of canine learning
- Respect for others in the group
- No judgement or unsolicited advice
Frequency & Duration: Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Fee: Free (donations welcome to support our programs)
Location: 243 Alabama Street, Humane Education Classroom 2
Registration: No pre-registration needed. This is a humans-only event; no dogs please.
- Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
- Feisty Fido, by Patricia McConnell, PhD and Karen London, PhD
- Fight! A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-Dog Aggression, by Jean Donaldson
- Click to Calm, by Emma Parsons for Karen Pryor
- The Cautious Canine, by Patricia McConnell, PhD
- Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt
- Fired up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control, by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
- On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, by Turid Rugaas
- Bones Would Rain from the Sky, by Suzanne Clothier
- The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller
- The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell
- For the Love of a Dog, by Patricia McConnell
- Reaching the Animal Mind, by Karen Pryor
- The Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson
- Don’t Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor
- How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, by Dr. Sophia Yin
- Decoding Your Dog, by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
- How to Help Your Fearful Dog: become the crazy dog lady!, Karen Pryor
- Leash Gremlins Need Love Too! How to help your reactive dog, Dogs Out Loud
- Across a Threshold, Mardi Richmond
- Aggression & Some Reasons Behind It, Suzanne Clothier
- Teaching a leash reactive dog to make the right choices, Victoria Stilwell
- “He Just Wants to Say Hi,” Susan Clothier
- Official Statement from Association of Professional Dog Trainers on Dominance
- Dog-Dog Aggression On Leash, SF SPCA
- Barking on a Walk, Emily Larlham, Kikopup
- Building Attention with Distractions, 4 Paws University:
- How to stop your dog lunging and barking- Train 'Let's Go!', Emily Larlham, Kikopup
- Barking and lunging at scooters - how Diesel's behaviour was changed, Sonya Bevan
- An introduction to Classical Conditioning, SF SPCA