Chula is a 3 year old Lab/Australian Cattle Dog mix with a serious fear-based aggression issue. She is scared when meeting new people and crowds, especially children, send her over the edge. We started her out with some hand targeting to teach her that hands reaching towards her predict good things, like treats. It will also give her an acceptable behavior to perform in stressful situations. Next session we will begin a desensitization and counterconditioning program.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI