Reactive Rover

This course is specifically designed to teach handlers how to manage and treat dogs that bark, lunge, growl or pull toward other dogs while on-leash. Handlers will practice and be coached on strategies to manage their reactive dogs. Dogs are visually separated for much of class, and the aim is to keep dogs below threshold when working in the classroom.  If you are interested in registering for Reactive Rover, please fill out the Reactive Rover Questionnaire.

This class is not appropriate for dogs who only exhibit aggression toward other dogs while off-leash, or who exhibit aggression toward people.

All family members are encouraged to attend.

The classroom setup provides a unique environment in which dogs are visually separated from other dogs and people until they master the skills needed to practice their reactivity prevention work within visual sight of other dogs.

Frequency & Duration: 1 hour per week for 6 weeks (Note: The first class is a mandatory [no exceptions] humans-only orientation. Please leave your dog at home, but bring proof of his/her rabies vaccination.)

Fee: $285 per dog (If your dog was adopted from a 501(c)3 rescue group or shelter, or has taken a class with us in the past year, the fee is $265.)

Course prerequisites: Dogs over 2 years of age must be spayed or neutered prior to taking Reactive Rover. In addition, pre-screening is necessary before acceptance to this class. In order to help us determine whether you and your canine companion will benefit from this class, please fill out our Reactive Rover Questionnaire. It will then be reviewed by the course trainer, and we will contact you by email with next steps. If you have not heard from us within one week of submitting your questionnaire, please call 415-522-3509 to ensure that we have received it.

Location: SF SPCA Mission Campus Multi-Purpose Room, 243 Alabama Street

Class includes: Clicker, Bait Bag, Homework, Handbook and Certificate of Completion

Class capacity: 6 dogs


Upcoming classes:

There are no sections scheduled at this time. We post sections regularly, so please check again soon!


If you wish to register for class, please fill out a Reactive Rover Questionnaire. We will then contact you via email with registration, wait list or alternative information.

You can also check out our FREE Reactive Rover Seminar!  Click for more info and future dates.

When classes are full, we are able to offer a limited number of discounted auditing spaces (human attendance only) for this class, for $75 per person. Please contact us at or (415) 522-3509 for more information.


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