Apollo, a 10-month old American Bulldog, is a very fearful dog, especially when meeting new people. He is also a very powerful dog, and it's important that he is under control at all times, so today we worked on reinforcing his Sit and Down, which he already knows. We also made sure to make everything a positive experience, even meeting me! When I arrived he barked and growled for the first 10 minutes, but through positive reinforcement and counterconditioning he was giving me kisses by the end of our session.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI