Suzy is dog reactive which means when she sees another dog, she usually barks and pulls at the leash. One of her training camp goals is to learn how to be around other dogs without being reactive.
To achieve this goal, trainer Tracy sets up situations where Suzy can learn this new skill. First, Tracy started the lesson by taking Suzy for a good walk to help her burn off a little energy and put her in the right frame of mind. Tracy keeps Suzy focused on the walk and allows her to slowly get used to the sound and smell of another dog being around, without there being any eye contact between the dogs. Tracy also makes sure she is relaxed during the walk, and doesn't look at Suzy too much.
Tracy got an assist from Trainer Ryan and his dog Isso who is a calm, non-reactive dog. Two reactive dogs will simply bark at one another and no one learns anything. Tracy introduces Suzy to a calm dog, Isso, who doesn't do anything when Suzy barks at him. Combined with leadership and correction from Tracy, this teaches Suzy to be calm around other dogs.
Look at Suzy now! She feels comfortable enough to allow another dog into her personal space. She looks to Tracy for direction as to whether she should react or not. Everyone around her is calm, so Suzy relaxes and has a great experience with another dog.
Good Job Suzy!