Ash assisted me with helping Red feel more comfortable around me, and she made a difference, as Red was calmer and more willing to interact with me. Since our last session he has learned a solid Down, so we moved on to teaching the Recall. Being so fearful, it was difficult to get Red to come to me. So again Ash assisted. I tied a leash to each of their collars so when I called them Ash led the way and Red followed.
“Dogs will give you unconditional love until the day they die. Cats will make you pay for every mistake you've ever made since the day you were born.”
― Oliver Gaspirtz, A Treasury of Pet Humor
"Dogs are masters of creating emotionally safe space just by being themselves.... it is as if something deep within our souls resonates with their energy, their unwavering unconditional love and unbridled joy to be in our presence, their undivided loyalty, and complete trust in us. Dogs make us feel special, and teach us by example to relish simple pleasures and live totally in the moment. They teach us there is only now and only who you are, who you are with, and what you are doing right then – and what could be better than to sniff the wind and be in the company of those you love?”
― Val Silver, Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends
Tango is doing well as he learned a solid Go To Place, progresses through the Relaxation Protocol, and continues his
counter-conditioning for his anxiety due to moving objects. Today we brought a bicycle out and let Tango inspect it, with no issues. I was even able to ride it back and forth in front of the house without much reaction. When he does react to a stimulus he barks less and calms down faster. Progress is the name of the game, and we are making it.
Today Red was much more accepting of me from the get-go, and with that more relaxed state of mind we actually got him to Sit and Down on command several times. There is no doubt that his anxiety clouds his mind and interferes with his learning, so reducing that anxiety is the top priority.
Max did very well with his Go To Place. When I first arrived he got very excited and broke out of position, but we practiced it several times and he nailed it every time. We also worked on Loose Leash Walking. He's not used to walking on leash but he did pretty well with minimal pulling.
“I wish dogs understood: 'We're going in five minutes.”
― Gregor Collins, The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved, and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann
Red is a 3 year old Collie/Chow mix who is very skittish. He reacts to any movement or noise, which makes him a challenge to train. We are going to teach him basic obedience to help build up some confidence. We tried to teach him the Sit command today but spent most of the time trying to get him to trust me. Red likes other dogs and enjoys going to the dog park, so next session I will take Ash along with me to see if that will help him accept me.
Like many dogs, Tango is very reactive when someone comes to the door, so we worked on Go To Place. We also did more counter-conditioning for his reactivity to cars, birds, bicycles, basically anything that moves! Now, when he is under threshold, he will look at something he normally reacts to, then looks back to his handler as if to say "See, I didn't react, now where's my reward?" He is starting to get it!
The client has done such a great job managing Bella's resourcing guarding that they have had only 2 minor incidents in the past 3 weeks. That is a major improvement over the daily fights they were experiencing when we first starting
working with her just 6 weeks ago. We also initiated the Relaxation Protocol to help her remain calm and improve focus.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI