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Top 10 tools for Handling a Reactive Dog

Top 10 tools for Handling a Reactive Dog

We are in the age of social media and opinions galore, and it can be overwhelming to try to wade through the mounds of advice on various tools and products to help us “fix a problem”. Reactive dog guardians are not immune to this! It seems like every day there is a new tool or gadget that promises to have a magical effect.

While I know that no one tool is going to work for all dogs in all situations, I certainly have my favourites. As the co-founder of our Cranky Canine program (est.2011) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I’m happy to share them with you.

Here are my top 10 tools for handling a reactive dog:

Recipe: Doggie Meatloaf / Meatballs

If you’re looking for a quick n’easy recipe for a high-value treat to use with your reactive dog, look no further!


  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (can sub milk)

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese

  • 1/4 cup crushed saltine crackers (can sub bread crumbs, Panko)

  • 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef, turkey, chicken, or pork

  • If you want to get really fancy, shred some old cheddar and add about 1/4 cup


  • Preheat oven to 400•F

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (meatballs) or lightly grease a bread pan with canola oil (meatloaf)

  • Mix all ingredients well using hands to pinch and mix rather than knead

  • Form into small meatballs or press mixture into bread pan

  • Bake meatballs for 25min at 400•F | bake meatloaf for 40min at 400•F *

  • Cool on a rack to let the excess fat drain off

  • When cool, portion and seal in sandwich bags and freeze for up to 2mo

  • These will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days max! 

*Cooking times may vary based on the equipment you use. Watch carefully!
Beef, pork, veal, and lamb should have a minimum internal temperature of 160ºF.
Chicken and turkey should have a minimum internal temperature of 165ºF.
Please practice safe-food handling and wash hands well.