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Management and Training of On-Leash Reactivity or Aggression

Management and Training of On-Leash Reactivity or Aggression


Fostering a Feisty Fido?  Rescued a Rowdy Rover?  Now What?

Most reactivity occurs due to fear.

It sure doesn’t look like it when we see them snarling and snapping at the end of the leash, but it is part of the underlying emotion that drives it and the aggressive response that you’re seeing. This seminar will teach you how to use the principles of behavior modification to help a dog have a more desirable reaction when seeing something new in the environment.

This seminar is for rescue workers, adopters or anyone who wants to learn about using humane and force-free dog training techniques to change behavior. This is a class for people only (without dogs).

SEMINAR FEE:  $50.00


What’s involved in training a reactive dog?

Don’t Correct.  Re-Direct!

From day one you can begin training a dog to have a better response to seeing other dogs, cars, people, bikes, or anything that may cause them to react.  

  • Learn what basic foundation skills are needed to get started
  • Learn the training exercises that effectively change behavior
  • Understand why and when to seek the support of a behavioral vet



2pm - MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION – Julie Dorsey-Oskerka

  • Learn what you need to get started
  • Know what to do if you see a dog/biker/car –or whatever excites your dog
  • Know what to do if your dog sees it and reacts before you have time to think
  • You’ll learn the basic formula for success while building a solid foundation of understanding at both ends of the leash


Learn the principles of behavior modification:  How classical and operant conditioning can be applied to change a dog’s emotional response. You’ll learn what training exercises to use and why and how they work.


How do you know when a behavioral veterinarian should be consulted and what options do you have? Dr. Jokela will be holding an open forum for a good portion of her presentation.

Questions sent in ahead of time to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  will receive online support material.


Working together we CAN change the face of rescue.  


CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations received BEFORE 7/11/2018, the seminar fee will be refunded at 100%. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received AFTER 7/11/2018 11:59pm.

Event Properties

Event date 07-15-2018 2:00 pm CDT
Event End Date 07-15-2018 5:00 pm CDT
Capacity 40
Registered 40
Available Seats 0
Cut off date 07-14-2018 11:55 pm CDT
Individual Price USD50.00
Instructor Julie Dorsey-Oskerka, Steve Frost, Dr. Fiia Jokela
Number Hours 3
Location Starfish / ASB (Batavia)
The event is now full and we can no longer accept new registrations. Please check our site often for future similar events.


Class Locations & Days

Our Path to Success Classes are available at the following locations:

ILLINOIS (Chicagoland)

  • Hinsdale
    Mondays (6:30pm & 7:45pm)
  • Batavia
    Tuesdays (6:30pm & 7:45pm)
  • Oak Park
    Wednesdays (7:00pm & 8:00pm)
  • Elgin
    Thursdays (6:30pm & 7:45pm)


  • Location Details Coming Soon

Friendly Support

We're here to help. Our experienced trainers guide you through every step of the process as you learn how to build a lifetime relationship with your dog based on trust and understanding. 

Quick Start Package

Would you like to know more about your dog? Would you like to prevent mistakes and create a positive training plan without being overwhelmed? Check out our Intro to Training package.

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In-Home Training

For those who prefer personalized training in the comfort of your home, we offer several options with one of our experienced behavioral trainers using only humane, science-based methods.

Modular Classes

Our classes are modular so that you can choose a location (throughout Chicagoloand) and time that best suits your schedule each week. View our calendar for upcoming sessions.