Susie, a 1.5 year old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix, gets a little nervous when meeting new people and new dogs. During our consultation we used clicker training to teach her Look at Me, and we discussed different ways to manage her behavior as we begin a desensitization and counter-conditioning process.
At our consultation Sammy was very afraid of me, as he is with strange men, and kept his distance the entire time. Tonight I was able to hand feed him almost the moment I came in the door, and by the end of the session I was scratching his chest. I love the progress we are making.
Tucker did really well learning how to walk on a loose leash. He picked up Heel super quick, which is unusual. He is a little dog reactive so we worked on how to approach strange dogs and how to manage his over-reactivity.
"There is no evidence that dogs have the kind of complex emotional lives and value systems that we do. It's one reason why we love them so much, in fact. They are neither "good" nor "bad." They don't hold grudges, act in petty ways, or seek revenge. They read our moods, but not our minds."
- Jon Katz
I met with Jetty tonight, a 1.5 year old Shepherd/Lab mix. She's a very sweet dog but gets very excited and jumps when guests come. We will also work on basic obedience.
Things have progressed well with Boss so we decided to bring in another stranger to test his reaction. Boss barked aggressively (from fear) when Kim entered but did end up eating treats out of her hand by the end of the night - about 2 weeks sooner than he did for me.
What Gracie's owners thought was separation anxiety seems to be some mild border frustration as well as boredom. We tried giving Gracie a stuffed Kong when her owners left and she didn't even notice they walked out the door. Keeping her occupied, and tiring her out in the process, should put an end to her minor destructiveness.
A busy night with Tucker. He learned Leave It, Wait, and Stay. He did so well that by the end of the session I could ring the door bell and he would not move out of his spot!
We did more K9 Nose Work with Keurig today at the Pottstown Bark Park, where we could hide things in a bigger area and let him sniff them out. It's fun seeing a dog use his nose to find things, and Keurig enjoys it so much.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI