Teaching a Reactive Dog Class

This Session teaches experienced instructors how to teach reactive dog classes safely. A “reactive dog class” is one specifically designed for reactive and aggressive (biting) dogs.The structure is a classroom setting with several other dogs, in contrast to one-to-one behavioral counseling.

This Session is geared toward teachers who may already be using clicker training principles in one-to-one behavioral counseling involving reactive and aggressive dogs, but who are interested in a service that could expand their impact on the many dogs and owners who need assistance.

Using slides and videos, Emma gives students a base reactive-dog class curriculum that uses clicker training. She provides instructions on how to set up and lead a class that keeps trainers, owners, and dogs all safe.

Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for more than 20 years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA), as well as a ClickerExpo faculty member. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Emma holds a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and shares her life with her husband, Greg, and their four clicker-trained dogs: three Goldens, Lizzie-Taylor, Kayden-Blue, Austyn-Roque; and a Papillon, Wylie-Rae.