BARC- Support Group for Reactive Dog Owners


Many of our readers and followers know the story of Murphy and how he inspired Milwaukee Paws and Canine Einstein.  His legacy continues as we continue to grow and expand our offerings to support all dogs and their owners.

While we love all dogs at Canine Einstein, we understand that some dogs need more encouragement and patience.  We work with many dogs who are shy, nervous, fearful or reactive and we know the struggles that pet owners may have.

Reactive dogs and shy dogs can present special challenges to owners.  When we get a dog, few of us are envisioning having a dog that is reactive to people or other dogs, or a dog who is so shy, nervous or fearful that it impacts their quality of life.  Still, we love these pups and want the best for them.

Many know that Murphy was an anxious and reactive dog.  I loved him very much and would do anything for him, but there are challenges with owning a reactive dog.  No walk is ever really relaxing as you always need to be ready to support your dog.  You cannot go to dog social events with your dog and sometimes, it can be difficult to find good care for a shy, nervous or reactive dog.

Pet owners may feel isolated, disappointed or frustrated. As a former owner of a reactive dog, I know that it can be hard to talk about the feelings and difficulties.  We worry that others will judge us or see us as not good pet parents, when in reality, we love our dogs and do what is best for them everyday!

We lost our Murphy to cancer earlier this year and our new puppy, Dash, is not reactive.  While I am grateful for this, I know that can change and I very much want to support the wonderful parents that I see everyday.

In memory of our Murphy, who was a nervous, anxious and reactive dog, Canine Einstein will begin holding our new BARC group in January.


What is BARC?

BARC stands for Bashful, Anxious, Reactive and Cautious.  It is a group designed to help pet owners find support and safe place to talk about the struggles of owning these special pups!  We ask that dogs be left home for the group so that all can focus on speaking freely and supporting one another, and that you register for the group if you are interested in participating.

Groups will be held the first Monday of every month (with the exception of January, when we will hold the group January 8) from 5:30-6:30pm at our gym.  There will be coffee and light refreshments for all.

Together, we can support one another as we provide the best life for all of our pets!


  • First Monday of the month (Except Jan 2024. due to the holiday, BARC will be held January 8)
  • 5:30-6:30pm at Canine Einstein gym
  • Please leave dogs home for this group for the comfort of dogs and owners
  • Support one another, make a connection and maybe pick up a tip or two!

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