Gold Country K9 Services

Gold Country K9 ServicesDo you have a dog you are afraid to take out because it is so reactive to everything around them. Then we have a class for you. We want dog ownership to be a source of joy and fun for you, not stress and worry. Reactivity can be any kind of reaction including but not limited to barking, lunging, growling, crying, etc. Not all reactive dogs are aggressive, reactivity can also be over excitement, frustration, fear or more. This series of Reactive Rover classes are set up to desensitize dogs to being around other dogs, teaching them to remain calm, and learn other alternative reactions to stimulus that normally set them off. Next 7 week class starts Wed 10/25 at 11:30 am once per week. Class size limited to 4 dogs. Give us a call at 209-223-9663 if you have questions! 

This class will finish just before the holidays. What a great class to get you dog under control before the family arrives

For those that have done beginning Obedience and are looking to further solidify your dogs obedience we have some spots open in our 6 week intermediate group obedience class. Class starts next week on Wed mornings at 10:30 am and costs $115. You can register for the class on our website at or call us at 209-223-9663. The holidays are coming and this class will finish just in time to show off to the family what you and your dog have learned.

What an amazing weekend and the bittersweet end to the 2017 dock diving season! Thank you to each and everyone of you who came out to this weekend. A beautiful laid back most fun way to end the year! But we know this year isn’t really quite over yet! We have (I think) 27 dogs that regularly jump with us qualify for the 2017 NADD/AKC Eukanuba National Championships!! WOW!! Just WOW!! By popular request we will have some team trainings for those dogs to get ready! We know the trek is far, and not everyone can make it…but we wanted to celebrate the accomplishment of qualifying because that is a feat in and of itself. Thank you to Laurie for designing this years team shirts which will be available for purchase soon! We are super excited for these!

And a huge THANK YOU to all of our peeps who have made these events possible by helping staff Ashley RietforsLaurie Isaacson, Nicole Maples, Michon Mills! And all of our ribbon and wrangling volunteers! Thank you so much and we can’t wait to bring you new and exciting things for next year!!

Meanwhile, The dock will remain open for everyone as it has all summer until we have more bad weather days than good weather days!

Gold Country K9 Services
6355 State Hwy 104
Ione, CA 95640


What Is A Reactive Dog?

by Eric Letendre

Zeus has a common problem faced by many dog owners. Zeus loses his mind when he sees another dog. Pamela told me how she can barely hold him back if they encounter another dog. Zeus barks and lunges so hard he pulls her off her feet and she has been banged up more than once.

“Do you think you can help? You really are my last hope,” she said.

Feeling like Obi Wan Kenobi I said, “Pamela, you are in luck. I specialize in dogs with reactive behavior and we will have him calm around other dogs in no time.”

And then something incredible happened. Something so unbelievable I still shudder to share it with you. You know what happened? You’re not going to believe this but… she doubted me.

Can you imagine doubting a highly skilled, professional pet dog trainer with years of experience and results. You’d think I would be offended but I wasn’t. In fact, I don’t blame her in the least.

Reactive behavior is described as barking, lunging, growling, or acting aggressively towards other dogs or people. It is HIGHLY stressful for the dog owner and it can seem IMPOSSIBLE to help a dog with this problem.

Reactive dog classes have become very popular and I must be honest with you, most of them are useless because they think all you need are treats to overcome this behavior problem. Harsh words I know, but I take this seriously and don’t suffer fools gladly.

And there is a lot of foolish advice about reactive behavior. Advice where the dog pays the price because if I can’t help Zeus he is on his way to a shelter. Not on my watch. I’m not going to screw around with wishing all I had to do was throw treats at the dog. I’m going to help keep the dog in his home.

There is a shelter in my area that holds reactive dog classes. They set up barriers for the dogs to work behind so they won’t see each other. They throw buckets of treats at the dogs in the hope of counter-conditioning. They use fake dogs, actual stuffed animals, to deal with the behavior. And they never, ever want the dog to go “over threshold.” (Over threshold is never allowing the behavior to be triggered.)

But bags of treats and fake dogs won’t help. I am more concerned with helping dogs than dancing around the problem. And if you are not willing to roll up your sleeves and dig into the problem and HELP THE DOG AND OWNER, step away from the training room.

So, I do NOT have special, separate classes for reactive dogs. I meet with the dog and client and get the problem taken care of in one or two sessions.

Once the private sessions are completed it’s straight to group class to continue working around dogs and create some long term behaviors. And if you are skeptical, I have dozens of before and after videos of dogs with reactive behavior. You can also get a FREE Dog behavior consult with me . Or give us a call at 774-319-6351.

And by the way, Zeus is doing great and is fine around other dogs now.