Reactive Dog Classes

Work with your reactive dog in a safe and friendly environment.

Reactive Dog Classes

Does your dog lunge and bark when it sees another dog?  Is your dog out of control around strangers?  Do bicycles send your dog into a frenzy?  What about roller skates, etc.  Then this class is for you.

This class is designed for dogs who are reactive to dogs, people, or objects while on leash.  We will focus on desensitizing the dogs to their triggers, reducing anxiety, building coping skills, and improving behavior when in the presence of these triggers.  Since the leash holder often feels embarrassed and can make matters worse, we will also focus on increasing handler skills and confidence.

The first class is a mandatory orientation without the dogs.  Some special equipment such as head halters may be required.  Due to the nature of this class, it is important that each week you work with your dog on the skills learned.


Before participants attend Reactive Dog Classes, they must attend a mandatory orientation.

Orientation is free of charge, while your payment covers 5 classes. Our dog-free orientations are free of charge and required before you attend any class or social. Orientation covers basic requirements, class rules, room layout, training philosophy, how dogs learn, canine body language, and equipment.

The next orientation will be held on:

Saturday, November 23 at 1 PM


5 Classes $250
5 Classes (recent SBHS adopter) $150


This round of  classes will begin with an orientation at 1 PM on November 23.

What to bring:

  • Dogs must wear a flat collar or harness.(Dogs may not wear choke-chains, prong or electronic collars.)
  • A six-foot, non-retractable leash
  •  Necessary vaccination records
  • A hungry, but not famished dog.
  • Treats: A variety of your dogs favorite treats, cut into very small pea size pieces, that you can carry in a treat pouch or other suitable container that allows easy access when you are seated, standing or walking. Please bring 3 different types, each in their own container.
  • Treat pouch that you can wear, which is easy to put your hand in and doesn’t make noise when you grab a treat.
  • A mat, bed, or non-slip pad for dogs to sit on.

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Sarah Dyar, KPA CTP is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist. She began training dogs over 30 years ago. Sarah made the switch to modern humane training methods in 2005 and earned her Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner designation in 2015. She operates an in-home dog training and behavior modification business, is an instructor for the Santa Barbara Humane Society and Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, and serves as a consultant for the Santa Barbara County animal shelters. Sarah lives with her husband, daughter, and three rescue dogs in Nipomo California.

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