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Reactive Dog Training
In San Diego

Understanding Dog Reactivity

Reactivity and Aggression

Welcome to Sit’s Getting Real Dog Training, your go-to destination for expert assistance in addressing reactive behaviors in dogs. As dedicated trainers, Amanda and Tomas have extensive experience rehabilitating reactive and aggressive dogs, aiming to enhance social behaviors and diminish reactivity through proven training methods.

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What is Dog Reactivity?

Dog reactivity can be complicated. When a dog is reactive, they can overreact to specific triggers, eventually leading to aggressive or anxious responses. These triggers can range from encountering other dogs, hearing unfamiliar sounds, or meeting new people. Your dog will normally show signs prior to reacting to a trigger. 


Those signs can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Raised back hairs

  • Body tension

  • Intense stare

  • Growl

  • Licking of lips

  • Barking


At Sit's Getting Real Dog Training in San Diego, Amanda and Tomas have honed their skills over years, specializing in rehabilitating reactive and aggressive dogs.  Contact our trainers to transform your dog's behavior positively.

How We Can Help

Our training programs include private and group courses, catering to diverse needs and preferences. Additionally, we offer board and train sessions, providing a kickstart to you and your dog's journey toward improved behavior.

Private and Group Training Courses: Tailored to address specific behavioral issues and enhance social skills.

Board and Train Programs: Offering an immersive experience to jumpstart behavior modification and training. 

At Sit's Getting Real Dog Training, we specialize in resolving various reactive behaviors in dogs, including:

human reactivity

Human Reactivity

leash aggresion

Leash Aggression

dog aggresion

Dog Aggression

resource guarding

Resource Guarding

resource guarding

Food Aggression

fear aggression

Fear Aggression

anxious dog


  • What is Positive Reinforcement Dog Training?
    Positive reinforcement dog training utilizes reward-based training methods to encourage desired behaviors. A This creates a supportive and enjoyable learning environment for you and your pup. With their expertise, Amanda and Tomas at Sit's Getting Real empower you to build a trusting relationship with your dog based on encouragement and mutual respect.
  • When Do You Have Group Classes and How Much Do They Cost?
    Group classes run 6 weeks long, and are $300. At Sit's Getting Real Dog Training, we are as transparent as possible and want YOU to know exactly what you are getting for what you are paying for. Our group classes occur on Saturdays, and run an hour long. You might assume that in our group classes, you won't receive individual attention from our trainers Amanda and Tomas. However, we intentionally keep our classes small to ensure that each client gets dedicated time with our trainers.
  • What Type Of Behaviors Can Be Address In Private Dog Training?
    If you’re looking to address specific behavior problems or work on obedience training in a one-on-one setting, private training might be right for you. Some common behaviors that can be addressed in private dog training include excessive barking, jumping on people, digging, chewing on personal items, and aggression towards people or other dogs. With the guidance of a professional trainer, pet owners can learn effective techniques for modifying these behaviors and improving your dog's overall obedience and behavior. Additionally, private training sessions provide a personalized approach that can be tailored to the individual dog, ensuring that the specific needs of you and your dog are met. Overall, private dog training provides a focused and effective way to address problem behaviors and build a stronger bond between you and your dog.
  • How Often Should I Train My Dog?
    As pet owners, we all want to give our dogs friends the best care possible, and that includes plenty of exercise and training. But how often should you be training your pup? The answer depends on your dog's age, breed, and individual needs. Generally speaking, most dogs benefit from daily training sessions to reinforce good behavior and strengthen the bond between owner and pet. However, it's important to remember that not all training needs to be formal or structured. Teaching your dog new tricks while playing in the backyard or incorporating obedience commands into everyday activities can also be effective training techniques. Ultimately, the key is to be consistent, patient, and attentive to your dog's needs.
  • Is It Too Late To Train My Dog?
    If you find yourself asking whether it's too late to train your dog, the answer is no! With the right tools and techniques, you can absolutely teach your dog new behaviors and improve their overall obedience. At Sit's Getting Real Dog Training in San Diego, our private trainers private help assess your situation and create a customized training plan tailor to you and your dog’s needs. So whether your furry friend is displaying undesirable behaviors or simply needs a refresher course, there's always room for learning and growth, no matter their age.
  • What Should I Expect At My First Private Dog Training Session?
    When you book a private dog training session with Tomas and Amanda, you can expect a personalized approach to your pup's behavior. As experienced trainers, they begin with a thorough assessment of your dog's habits and listen attentively to your needs and concerns. This information helps them create a custom plan tailored to your goals. Whether you're trying to address persistent barking, leash-pulling, or any other unwanted behavior, they'll develop a strategy that works for you and your dog . If you're ready to get started, fill out our consultation form here!
  • Is Puppy Training Better in a Group or Private?
    Puppy training can be beneficial in both group and individual settings. At Sit’s Getting Real Dog training, we offer both private and group training sessions available to dog owners in San Diego. Our group training classes provide puppies with the opportunity to socialize and learn from other puppies while also providing instruction and supervision from a professional dog trainer.
  • How Long Do I Have to Train My Dog To See Results?
    The amount of time needed to see results will depend on the individual dog and the goals you have for training. Generally, most positive reinforcement training methods require consistent practice in order to achieve desired results. At Sit's Getting Real Dog Training, we offer 5 week long group training classes that include activities to help dogs become better socialized and trained. Our classes emphasize positive reinforcement methods to ensure the most effective and rewarding outcomes for both dog parents and their pups.
  • Is Group Training Effective?
    Yes, group dog training can be beneficial for both you and your dog. Group settings provide dogs with opportunities to learn how to interact with other dogs and people in a controlled environment. The dog trainers at Sit's Getting Real specialize in positive-reinforcement dog training. Positive-reinforcement dog training utilizes a reward-based system, where treats and verbal praise are used as motivators whenever your dog demonstrates the correct behavior.
  • What Training Methods Does Sit's Getting Real Use?
    At Sit's Getting Real Dog Training, we use positive reinforcement training methods to help dogs learn faster and more effectively. In group classes, we strive to provide a safe and stimulating environment where each dog can practice commands and learn new tricks. Positive reinforcement helps create an atmosphere of trust and cooperation between the dog handler and the pup.
  • How long are the group training classes and private training sessions?
    When it comes to obedience training for dogs, many pet owners wonder if there are age restrictions for when their furry companions can start. Luckily, at Sit's Getting Real Dog Training, we work with dogs of all ages and breeds. Whether you have a playful puppy or a seasoned senior, we have techniques and strategies designed to help your pooch become the most well-behaved pup in town. It's never too late to start teaching your dog basic commands like sit, stay, and come, and our professional trainers are here to guide you every step of the way. So, no matter how old your furry best friend may be, we can help them become the obedient and well-trained companion you've always dreamed of.
  • What is the cost of group training classes and private training sessions?
    When it comes to improving your dogs mental and physical abilities, group training classes and private training sessions are both great options. Group training classes at Sit’s Getting Real are $300 for six classes, making them a more affordable option for those who want the guidance of a professional trainer without breaking the bank. Private training sessions, on the other hand, start at $149 for just one session but offer a more personalized experience tailored specifically to your fitness goals. While the cost may be higher for private training sessions, the one-on-one attention and accountability can make all the difference in achieving your fitness goals. Ultimately, the choice between group training and private training comes down to personal preferences and budget.
  • What training methods does Sit's Getting Real Dog Training use for dog obedience classes and private training sessions?
    Sit's Getting Real Dog Training is committed to using positive reinforcement-based training methods that yield long-lasting results for both group training classes and private training sessions. The clicker method is one technique our dog trainers use that relies on a sound as a marker to indicate to the dog that it has done something right and will now receive a reward. This method is highly effective in communication and provides clear, concise feedback to the dog. Sit's Getting Real also uses a treat-focused approach, which involves rewarding the dog with treats for good behavior, positive responses, and successful completion of tasks. Whether in a group setting or a one-on-one session, this method of training ensures that the dog feels engaged, motivated, and eager to learn!
  • Test 1: Accepting a new stranger
    By passing the first test, a dog demonstrates his or her ability to not only interact positively with the owner but also with other people in general.
  • Test 4: Out for a walk
    The fourth test of the canine citizen evaluation requires the dog to demonstrate appropriate behavior while on a walk, including not pulling on the leash and responding correctly to commands from their handler.
  • Test 6: Sit and down on cue and stay in place
    The sixth test requires dogs to demonstrate their knowledge of basic cues such as sitting and lying down on command and then remaining in that position for a designated period of time.
  • Test 9: Reaction to distractions
    The ninth test of the Canine Citizen program evaluates the dog's reaction to distractions such as loud noises, unfamiliar objects, and other animals.
  • Test 10: Supervised separation
    In this tenth test, a controlled environment will be used to assess the canine's self-control when being separated from its human companion.
  • Test 7: Coming when called
    The seventh test involves teaching your pet dog to come when called, which is an important behavior for obedience and safety.
  • Test 5: Walk through a crowd
    The fifth test requires the dog to remain focused, steady and well-behaved while navigating their way through a crowd of people.
  • Test 8: Reaction to another dog
    The eighth test observes the reaction of the dog when encountering another dog, such as how the dog behaves and if they are friendly or not.
  • Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
    The second test assesses a dog's ability to stay in place and tolerate petting from strangers without fear or aggression.
  • Test 3: Appearance and grooming
    This third test evaluates the size, shape, coat quality, and general cleanliness of the dog to ensure that it meets basic hygiene standards.
  • Can I fix my dog’s reactive or aggressive behaviors?
    Yes, it is possible to improve and modify your dog's reactive or aggressive behaviors with consistent training. It's important to note that there is no "one-size fit's all" fix. Helping your dog requires patience, commitment, and time. If you've spent time scrolling on TikTok or browsing through YouTube for answers, and haven't been successful, it's important to reach out to an experience dog trainer or dog behaviorist.
  • How do you desensitize a reactive dog?
    Desensitizing a reactive dog involves exposure to the trigger at a safe distance or intensity level where the dog remains calm. By pairing this exposure with positive experiences like treats or play, the dog learns to associate the trigger with something enjoyable, gradually reducing its reactivity over time. Consistent repetition, patience, and careful management of your dog's environment during desensitization are crucial for successful behavior modification.
  • How can I tell if my dog is reactive?
    You can identify if your dog is reactive by observing behaviors such as excessive barking, growling, pulling on the leash, or anxiety when encountering specific triggers.
  • Is there a difference between aggressive and reactive dogs?
    Yes, reactive dogs typically overreact to specific triggers but might not intend harm, while aggressive dogs display behaviors with an intent to cause harm.
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