Joey has been lead aggressive since being attacked as a puppy whilst on lead. His reaction was so extreme that we have avoided contact with other dogs for the past 18 months. He would lunge, snarl, growl, bark and swing from side to side on his lead.
I have seen numerous professionals over the years, none of which were able to help. By chance I stumbled upon Denise on Facebook and contacted her immediately and booked a TAF session. At the end of the session with Denise, Joey walked around a room with approximately 10 other dogs in it and did not react. This would have previously been my worse nightmare. With the help of a neighbour's non-reactive lab we are making huge steps forward.
This week, whilst having the occasional silly habitual reaction, Joey was more interested in sniffing bushes which is something he has never done in the presence of another dog whilst on a lead. He is also choosing to stay in the TAF position once I release his collar. I have always said my biggest problem was not knowing what to do when Joey was having a reaction and felt helpless.
With TAF I can now counteract his reactions. I now find myself wishing that we will encounter another dog instead of hoping that we don't. I know we have a long way to go, Denise herself said Joey was extremely volatile, but I know with TAF and the constant support of Denise I am 100% confident we will do this.
7 weeks ago by pure chance I stumbled across Denise Cadelac Mcleod on Facebook who helps reactive dogs using her technique Turn and Face (TAF). I immediately got in touch and booked a private session for my extremely reactive 4 year old border collie Joey. Denise herself even said Joey was probably the most volatile dog she had ever seen.
I have practiced TAF just once a week since with friend’s dogs. It has been the best decision I have ever made. Joey is almost completely non-reactive and takes comfort in being in the TAF position when needed. The technique is so kind and reassuring to dogs and I would recommend Denise to anyone.
Having a reactive dog is so stressful on both the owner and the dog, often triggered by one solitary incident. I have tried many specialists over the years and nothing but TAF has helped. Anyone who knows me will know that I would do anything for my dogs. Joey now has the life I have always hoped for and we are currently on holiday going wherever we want to go rather than finding places with no other dogs around.
Denise you are one special lady and Joey and I will always be grateful, thank you. “
We started TAF with Lola in January at 11 months of age. She was reactive to men mainly, but sometimes anyone entering her environment. Saw improvement immediately, though we are still a work in progress.
Our biggest 'win' was last week, we were entered into an obedience show. My first and her first. I was hesitant to go for reactivity issues, but with a little push and a shove, we went. I sat by the door for easy escape, which also brought MANY people into Lola's environment- take every opportunity to practice, right? Lola didn't react once! She was extremely relaxed in the ring (too relaxed, but that's a different story), and was excited to see the judge when she approached for the stand for exam. She even fell right to sleep!
Pass or fail, we disqualified, this day was a massive win for us thanks to TAF!!
Reactive to bicycles, joggers, running screaming children, lorries, buses, motorbikes, fireworks. All kinds of livestock, cats, squirrels etc. Kites, drones, remote controlled planes which then turns him on to birds and normal planes but usually this is very short lived.
Been reacting since I rescued him at 7 months old. Used to react to cars but managed to stop that, but not the rest. Been using TAF since December 2016. Saw an immediate improvement in the first week. 4 months on, Ren is much calmer, barely reacts anymore. When he does it is less frantic and he calms down much quicker. TAF use is much reduced already.
Rescued at 9 months, and was 15 months when we did TAF. He was people aggressive and to make people go away he would jump in the air, turn his body 180°, then flick his back legs out to ninja kick them in the face.
With several repetitions of TAF outside a cafe at our favourite walking spot Buddy stopped reacting and started looking around. From that moment he was cured from reacting to people walking, in motor scooters and sitting. We then used TAF again for joggers and bikes, it took one time and then he chose to come to the TAF position himself. He comes to the TAF position now any time he needs a little reassurance, which although rare, means he has a get out clause and doesn't feel the need to react negatively.
I've worked with aggressive dogs for 20 years and have never seen such a long lasting, effective method that makes the dog so happy.
As a canine behaviour consultant I see many dogs struggling to cope with 'over' reactions to everyday situations.These can be mostly from fears or breed traits.
Having looked into TAF, I have used it as one of my 'tools in the toolbox' and have seen great results so far in around 90% of the clients. The biggest surprise was that I found it worked really well with a collie that was dangerously 'herding' traffic on the fast a road that he lived along (even on leash) and a terrier with a mission to kill all fast movements on a TV screen.
With cases that have behaviours borne from fear, I too have seen dogs that can cope and remain calm and in control in situation that they could not have done before Taf. . Returning to a relaxed and happy state after any situation much faster too. It seems to be less successful (for me) with dogs that enjoy the drama..enjoy an adrenalin rush and find an outburst highly rewarding.
I'm really very grateful for the technique, with dogs that have unpredictable thresholds especially, it has proven to fill a gap where conditioning, desensitisation and rewarded alternative behaviours only go so far.
Tamsin, 1 year old stray in foster
An interesting case study for those with aggressive/over-excited dogs. When Tam came to me initially, she would lunge and bark like crazy if she couldn't get to other dogs, either through a fence or restrained by a leash. I saw that this was mostly a barrier-frustration issue, because she did well with other large dogs off-leash. I gave her no dog contact for a week when she first came, then let her have some off-leash time with dogs who ignored her.
Around two weeks, when I felt we had established some trust, I began to expose her to dogs while on-leash and applied Turn And Face (TAF). When she'd start the barking/lunging. She responded really well to this "calm down" consequence, immediately moderating her arousal levels. Within two sessions, I stepped up the criteria and would TAF if she didn't immediately turn away from the dog when I spoke her name ("got fixated"). She's naturally a quiet, tail-high, stand-and-starer, so I have to judge whether she's "just looking" or "about to lose it" based on whether she reacts to her name. She doesn't hackle, growl, tremble, or otherwise signal obviously what she's feeling. A couple times the other dog suddenly barked or moved and she went nuclear fast, but for the most part we were able to do this on a loose leash, without much conflict once my MO was clear to her.
I kept the food flowing during the sessions (she loves food) and also kept them pretty short. As you can see in the video, after 4 weeks with me and 2 weeks of TAF, she is interested in and comfortable with the other dogs (a little TOO interested in small dogs, IMO, maybe some Malinois prey-drive going on) but also happy to engage with her handler. Not obsessed, reactive, frustrated, aggressive, barking, whining, lunging, straining like before.
This was the first dog I've used TAF on and I think she is an ideal candidate for it, being pretty clear-headed even when excited. I could see it being less effective or impossible to use on a lot of dogs, but it's definitely a great tool to consider.
If you're going to try it, take a look at videos and read about it first, since for safety and effectiveness, you need to get it right the first try and every time after.
Sammy is a rescue that was dog aggressive, until about 6 years ago when Denise Cadelac McLeod cured him in literally 20 minutes with TAF.
He has gone on to help with the socialisation of dozens of other rescue dogs. One in particular his foster brother Jerry Lee, Jerry came into foster with me and Sammy with fear aggression having spent most of his 18 month life as a stray. Sammy is far more responsible for Jerry's rehabilitation than me.
Without TAF there would have been NO way I could have got Sammy anywhere near another dog let alone have him help others. TAF helped Sammy and has gone on to help other dogs through him.
4 year old Border Collie
13 month old Labrador
Lauren Michelle Daniel
North Carolina, USA
10 year old
15 month old
7 year old
I first heard about Turn and Face from Denise many months ago, and I was immediately interested. Following this, I decided to attend a seminar she was holding to see it first hand. My first impression was 'WOW.' I have all the faith in the world in Denise and her abilities with dogs, but was blown away at the simplicity yet effectiveness of this technique. In front of me I could see negatively reactive dogs, [some very, very negatively reactive] transformed within literally a minute or two, to calm, peaceful and even sociable dogs. The results stuck as well from a pack walk we did later the same day, with all the previous negatively reactive dogs happily walking or running alongside one another.
Not only could I see this method was harmless, kind and effective, but it has scientific reasoning as to WHY it works so well. Not only that, you don't need to be an expert to use it. ANYONE can do it. From this, I decided to employ this technique with dogs I would work on from that day on.
Since September 2016, I started using the Turn and Face method with any dogs I deemed need it after an initial assessment for suitability. I decided to test the suitability and effectiveness of this kind and effective method on rescue dogs in a rescue centre I was working with. As of 16th May 2017, the total is 42 tried and 42 successful uses.
In short, there is nobody I wouldn't recommend this technique to. Not only has it changed multiple dog's lives, but it's changed mine too. There's a good reason it's spreading all over the world – because it's safe, effective, humane and IT WORKS. Quickly.
Bravo to Denise for her wonderful work and helping us all become better dog owners.