Reactive to Responsive - Wangaratta

Reactive to Responsive - Wangaratta

Transforming Reactive Dogs into Relaxed Companions

Over 50 people have attended this class


Note: This is a human only event. You do not bring your dog.

It is really stressful having a dog who pulls on lead, lunges towards other dogs or barks at people/cars/cyclists/birds/etc.

This comprehensive seminar presented by Jari Castle will show you the proven fear-free methods to get your dog on track to being less reactive to the things around them, and more responsive to you.

Aimed at pet owners, you will leave knowing a bit more about your dog, how to help them, and what to do before, during and after a reactive episode.

Participant vs Auditor ticket

If you book a participant ticket this allows you to participate in the hands on activities designed to complement the seminar. This includes practicing your reward timing using a clicker, and leash skills that will be useful when handling and training your dog. These include getting close to your dog when they will not come with you, and how to quickly shorten the leash in emergency situations. The reason we practice these are so Jari can correct your technique and you begin to develop the muscle memory necessary for efficient training.

 If you book an auditor ticket you can watch these activities to practice later, but you don’t get the hands-on practice or coaching.

No dogs will attend the session (except service/assistance dogs).

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What you will learn

  • Why dogs become reactive and how to train them depending on the cause
  • How a dog's learning, environment, genetics and personality intertwine to drive their current behaviour
  • Strategies for managing and training your reactive dog • Advice on how harnesses, leads and other equipment can help or hinder your training • Tips on caring for yourself so you can care for your reactive dog

What you will get

  • Printed resources
Parking Info

Street parking is available in surrounding streets. Check signage for parking time.

What to bring

  • A notebook and pen - NO DOGS!

What to wear

Casual clothing

Appropriate for

People who own a dog who gets over-excited, scared and/or barks at dogs, people, cars, cyclists, birds, etc. when on a walk

RSPCA Victoria

(963 Reviews)

Want to improve your animal skills? Looking for quality teaching by industry experts? Want real skills and training?

Whether you’re a pet owner or thinking of a career in animal care, RSPCA Victoria has a short course to extend your animal skills and understanding.

Designed to develop new skills for anyone dealing with animals; RSPCA short courses provide valuable access to industry experts and utilise quality resources and trainers in an informative and hands-on environment.

As the trusted name in animal welfare in Victoria, we understand what animals need, and what works and what doesn’t – and are keen to share our practical knowledge and skills with you through.


Gain professional skills. Learn about your pet. Or both!

Programs are tailored for those wanting to enter the animal industry or improve their skills within this field, as well as helping people to increase their skills with their own pets.

Hands-on experience is essential to understanding animals so you will have the chance to meet and work with – animals from our education team – as well as learn from industry experts and qualified trainers.

And of course, profits raised go towards supporting animal welfare projects. You’re helping animals while you learn to… help animals!

So book your course with us today.


About RSPCA Victoria

We are a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.

Our community services include work in education, advocacy, animal care and protection. In Victoria, we operate nine animal Adoption Care Centres and one community pet care centre, providing refuge and care to more than 20,000 animals every year. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'.  More than 90% of our funding is due to the generous support of the Victorian community.

For further information, visit 

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4.4 (12 reviews)
Shirleyrated it
05 Aug 2023
Not knowing what to expect from this evening “Reactive to Responsive-Wangaratta “ we left with a positive we can do this attitude, the trainer was amazing very informative and gave 100% to all involved, handouts and point presentation was great , we could of sat there for longer so much to soak in and great questions and advice , an evening well spent , I would recommend this to everyone
Heulwen rated it
05 Aug 2023
Great presenter and class. Received lots of information and pointers for dealing with reactive dogs. The videos and demonstrations were very beneficial.
Rachaelrated it
04 Aug 2023
I found that the introduction to clicker training informative. I was aware that clicker training could be applied to reactive dog issues. The presenter made clicker training an accessible solution.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  • Program activities are conducted by RSPCA Victoria Education Officers and staff. RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to alter activities or cease programs should staff and participant safety be compromised.
  • For safety reasons, participants must wear appropriate clothing and closed-in shoes. 
  • RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to cancel the class should minimum numbers not be met.  A full refund will apply in these circumstances. 


Participants may be involved in a range of hands-on activities during training. While the RSPCA takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of participants, all participants engage with these activities at their own risk.

By enrolling in these programs you acknowledge that you understand this disclaimer and release RSPCA (Victoria) and its employees, agents, volunteers and contractors from any liability whatsoever, to the extent permitted by law.

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