Course Reviews

5 star rating

Class that looks at the whole picture

Laura Bush

I've taken classes and read books on how to help dogs with reactivity. My dog was improving, but I knew I could do better by her. Dante is on to something bi...

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I've taken classes and read books on how to help dogs with reactivity. My dog was improving, but I knew I could do better by her. Dante is on to something big. His techniques and exercises help the dog learn to manage their emotions better. The concepts and techniques he uses are unlike any I've heard of before. He truly thinks outside of the box to help reactive dogs. I feel like this was the missing piece I was looking for. I'm so glad I found this class and I highly recommend it.

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5 star rating

There is always more to learn

Jean Biggins

I strongly recommend this class for those new to training reactive dogs as well as those who have been working with them for years. I've been a CPDT for 7 y...

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I strongly recommend this class for those new to training reactive dogs as well as those who have been working with them for years. I've been a CPDT for 7 years now and working with dogs and their people professionally for 10 years. B.A.T. was my go to method when I first started studying to become a trainer and discovered my love for working with reactive dogs. Over the years I've added other role models but Grisha has remained a top one so when I saw she was recommending Dante's approach I had to know more. I specialize in reactivity and use a variety of games inspired by BAT and Control Unleashed with my clients. I have a system I've put together that works well but I'm always looking for ways to improve it. After lecture one I was feeling quite pleased with myself as I do use a 'holistic'/whole health approach including the 'hierarchy of dog needs' and a stress detox before clients start training. However, I'm already seeing that in my program I rush to DS/CC games without enough focus on certain foundations, leash handling, etc. I'll be eager to revamp my program incorporating some things from this class, reframing how I present certain things I was already using, and retaining some of my own preferred games. Best of all, I'm following along with one of my own dogs and this is really the first time I've followed a structured plan and committed to the process with him. I'm eager to see how my own dog and client's dogs will respond to this strategy.

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5 star rating

Kindness and knowledge

Marie Selarque

It was really wonderful to have Dante go step by step in explaining his techniques and why they work and toward what goals. His calm voice, his smile, his de...

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It was really wonderful to have Dante go step by step in explaining his techniques and why they work and toward what goals. His calm voice, his smile, his demeanor, all exude kindness and knowledge. I highly recommend this course for pet parents and professionals alike. Thank you!

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5 star rating

Holistic Approach

Toto Frima

Wonderful course, love the last video's from Laura and Rachel, lots of respect for participating in this course and showing yourself and your dogs.

Wonderful course, love the last video's from Laura and Rachel, lots of respect for participating in this course and showing yourself and your dogs.

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5 star rating

Brilliant course.

Janet Whittingham

Loved this course, it is an excellent revision course for people working with reactive dogs. Set out very well and lots of practical skills incorporated to h...

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Loved this course, it is an excellent revision course for people working with reactive dogs. Set out very well and lots of practical skills incorporated to help owners empower their dogs with vital skills needed to cope with the outside world.

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5 star rating

great experience

Viktoria Niewrzela

Interesting approach to dog reactivity. Many fantastic ideas how to let dog think and cope with everyday challenges.

Interesting approach to dog reactivity. Many fantastic ideas how to let dog think and cope with everyday challenges.

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5 star rating

Brilliant

Karen Rogers

This was a great class and easy to follow. Thank you!

This was a great class and easy to follow. Thank you!

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5 star rating

A Much Needed Big Picture Approach to Reactivity

Morgan Carelse

Another fantastic course! What I love about it is that it addresses reactivity at its very core. It reminds us that reactivity in not just about the reaction...

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Another fantastic course! What I love about it is that it addresses reactivity at its very core. It reminds us that reactivity in not just about the reaction we see on the surface, but that it is about the emotional response that the dog is struggling with. This course provides strategies, exercises, and games that will not only provide fun and enriching interactions with our dogs, but also give them the skills to problem solve and make good choices. If you have a dog who struggles with reactivity and are willing to put in some extra time to help them build a strong foundation of coping skills, I would strongly recommend this course.

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5 star rating

Simple and Superb!

Robin Morgan

I feel very validated after watching these sessions :) It was a fabulous reminder to go slow but forward and to always work the dog in front of you in all s...

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I feel very validated after watching these sessions :) It was a fabulous reminder to go slow but forward and to always work the dog in front of you in all situations. Very well presented. I really appreciate Dante's patience and clarity here and all of the above will help me to work better with my clients. :)

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5 star rating

Not just for "reactive" dogs

Heike Deubner

Enjoyed the entire course and found it insightful and thought-provoking, esp. concerning the dogs' rest, optimism, calmness, and cognitive solution-finding. ...

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Enjoyed the entire course and found it insightful and thought-provoking, esp. concerning the dogs' rest, optimism, calmness, and cognitive solution-finding. Plan to implement some of the strategies and exercises with my young dog. Although some explanations were a bit long-winded, the instructor's English is very good overall (except for the "girls" blooper), and he is easy to understand. The additional instruction videos (e.g., stationing, flirt-pole exercise) and links to other resources were helpful.

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4 star rating

Very good course.

Ellen Sidler

This course has made me look differently at how to help keep Lio calm. Slowing everything down, some specific exercises prior to walking and the massaging se...

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This course has made me look differently at how to help keep Lio calm. Slowing everything down, some specific exercises prior to walking and the massaging seems to be helping him to stay more relaxed. We still have a way to go but the tips Dante has given will, I believe, help to improve the reactive behaviour.

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5 star rating

Practical, simple, and effective holistic approach

Ann Allums

Very helpful foundation for dog reactivity. There are so many fun games and exercises that would be helpful for any pet dog.

Very helpful foundation for dog reactivity. There are so many fun games and exercises that would be helpful for any pet dog.

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Looking at the Whole Dog for Reactivity and Anxiety

Dante’s approach sets dogs for success by addressing the mental, physical, and emotional aspects of their lives. It’s like a non-pharmaceutical version of anti-anxiety medication. When I taught in Brazil, I was struck by Dante's methodical approach to reactivity. He’s already got quite a following in Portuguese, but Dante is a rising star in the English speaking world.

This course is Part 1 of 2, a foundations course featuring Dante Camacho’s holistic approach to the all-too-common anxiety disorders, including reactivity. (More about Part 2). Dante coached two clients with their own dogs.

5 Sessions (first one as a lecture and remaining 4 with dogs). In each of the four live sessions, he met with two separate clients to create a foundation of calm. Dante will be addressing protocols for exposure to triggers in a separate follow-up course. 1.5 - 2 hours per session. Recorded Autumn, 2020.

  • Videos of all live sessions, plus homework exercises from the 2 demos and a bonus dog, and Dante's written feedback.

  • Teach healthy canine social skills (independence and human referencing).

  • Improve the dog's physical and mental capabilities through balance and focus.

  • Improve the dog’s emotional regulation abilities (calm and excitement).

  • Stimulate cognitive abilities and problem solving.

  • This is a great protocol to do with a new rescue dog, too!

  • Part 2 of this course started April 27, but it's not too to register! Click to learn more.

  • 8 CPDT CEUs.

  • Included with Diamond Membership (see below).

"Learning how to do nothing is a very hard skill!" - Dante Camacho

These fundamentals might be the missing link in your behavior modification plan.

  • All Videos!

    This video course with 5 lessons, all recorded live. Lesson 1 is a webinar with an overview of his methods. In the 4 sessions that follow, Dante took a history with the clients and dug in on training sessions. There will be a follow-up course to apply further protocols.

  • Details Make the Difference!

    Dante's approach focuses on building a solid foundation that can be combined with your favorite techniques to address reactivity.

    I really respect how Dante's approach takes the whole dog into account, truly setting dogs up for success.

  • Ask Anything!

    At the end of each session, Dante also answered questions from dog trainers and people with their own dogs who were watching him coach live.

    Course students are also eligible to be in the GrishaStewart.com Facebook group to continue the conversation.

    8 CPDT CEUs.

Instructor

Dog Trainer

Dante Camacho

Dante Camacho was one of the first dog trainers to introduce clicker training in Brazil. He spent his first years working privately with owners and their dogs, focusing on “good” general behavior and manners.

In 2000, Dante fell in love with dog sports and started teaching his own dogs in agility and freestyle. He began teaching seminars, being cited in magazines, websites and numerous TV appearances. He ended up representing Brazil in 4 FCI Agility World Championships as well as 1 European Open and 1 America’s & Caribbean. In freestyle (Dog Dancing) he performed initially in Brazil, first in dog shows but soon in TV shows and fairs.

In 2007, he moved to Canada and became a member of the Superdogs Team, where he performed his dog dance routines in shows throughout the country and also in the USA. He eventually also became a member of the production team of the shows, helping scout and train people and dogs to perform under the lights. The incredibly popular shows were seen by over 1 million people every year.

As a Canadian resident, he also represented the country in international agility competitions (European Open en Americas & Caribbean ) and lately also coached the Canadian Agility National Team, sharing his experiences as a competitor and trainer with Canadian handlers.

Dante's work gradually came full circle: being involved in dog sports for so long, it was inevitable to meet dogs that were struggling with behavioral issues, some of them would only affect their performances in the ring but some of them would seriously damage their relationships with their families and even put people at risk. Understanding the emotional link with behavior has always been necessary for his success in dog sports and performance.

Meet the Dogs!

Dante coached these two cases. It turns out both dogs love agility, which is perfect, because Dante does, too.

Isaac, 9-month old mini Aussie

Lunging, barking at dogs on leash

"Isaac's biggest trigger is other dogs, on leash. Occasionally, he will react to children playing/running, small prey animals, and especially gruff people. These reactions are much less intense, however."

"Isaac stiffens, stares, and eventually lunges and barks when he sees another dog on a walk. If I micromanage (read: use many, many treats), we can walk past a trigger, but his arousal is very high (whining, 'yodeling', etc). Interestingly, his off-leash social skills are great."

"I'm a veterinary student who is very interested in canine body language, low-stress veterinary care, and holistic health, but I still have a lot to learn!"

Scroll down to register or click the Right arrow above to meet the other demo dog.

Sadie, 2 yo mixed breed

Reactivity to dogs and people, on and off leash

"Sadie will lunge and bark at triggers when they get too close. If she is off leash (which I don't allow anymore) she would charge at dogs and people (barking, lunging). Once she got to them, she would run back over to me."

"Sadie is a rescue who was found at 8 weeks old with her sister. She was a normal puppy, a little fearful of strangers, but nothing worrying as she would eventually approach and say hi with a wiggle butt. When she turned 7 months old, I started to see the lungy/barky behavior come out. I work with children and know that punishment is not the answer for a child who is acting out. Instead of using punishment (as most of my other dog owner friends advised) I looked into positive training for reactivity. I understand that Sadie is feeling strong emotions about her triggers and prong collar corrections are not going to make her feel any better. Sadie is going to be 2 this month and has come a long way."

"Before I got Sadie, I would say that I was an average dog owner that knew how to teach basic commands. Sadie's reactivity has forced me to look further into training and I have learned a lot about how to help reactive dogs (ie BAT, classical conditioning, the importance of thresholds, trigger stacking, enrichment, etc). We also got into agility and obedience. "
Watch Intro Video

Relaxation sets the stage for success of any protocol.

Here's what the demo students loved about this class. (volume up!)

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5 star rating

100% satisfied with the course

Martina Foss

I really enjoyed this course and I found it extremely useful. So many suggestions on what to teach and practice to achieve the goal. I am looking forward to ...

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I really enjoyed this course and I found it extremely useful. So many suggestions on what to teach and practice to achieve the goal. I am looking forward to Holistic Approach to Dog Reactivity 2.

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5 star rating

Simple to implement

Bethany McRae

Love the holistic approach! Definite reduction in stress and anxiety levels for my dog.

Love the holistic approach! Definite reduction in stress and anxiety levels for my dog.

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5 star rating

Practical, simple, and effective holistic approach

Ann Allums

Very helpful foundation for dog reactivity. There are so many fun games and exercises that would be helpful for any pet dog.

Very helpful foundation for dog reactivity. There are so many fun games and exercises that would be helpful for any pet dog.

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Like Prozac in dog training form.

It's your choice: buy this course individually, add on Round 2, or or get both courses (and a lot more) for FREE as a Diamond Member.

  • $99.00

    $99.00Holistic Approach to Dog Reactivity 1: Intro & Case Studies with Dante Camacho (Recorded Live)

    One-time payment to add this course to your library of courses. Your access will not expire.
    Buy Now
  • $179.00

    $179.00Course Bundle: Holistic Reactivity 1 and 2 with Dante Camacho

    Save $20! One-time payment to TWO on-demand courses to your library of courses. Both courses were recorded live, online. Your access will not expire.
    Buy Now
  • $29.99 / month

    $29.99 / monthDiamond Membership All Access Pass

    Best value! Access to all live and on-demand streaming content on the site. Over 40 courses with several hundred hours of video, growing every month! Also eBooks, special events, student coupons, and other perks just for Diamond members. Learn more.
    Go Diamond