TIP #1: PRACTICE THE 3 Ds
Does your dog react to other dogs, strangers, cars, or other stimuli? If so, practice the 3 Ds until you can get her under threshold. They are:
Distance: Put more distance between your dog and whatever is scaring her.
Duration: Keep interactions between your dog and whatever is scaring her short. A few seconds is a good place to start.
Distraction: Distract your dog with a cheerful voice and treats.
TIP #2: DON'T IGNORE HIM
You can recognize what your dog is saying to you - even what he's thinking - just by learning his body language. Have you ever noticed how a puppy yawns when picked up? He's trying to calm himself down.
Have you noticed that your dog barks at seemingly random times - even if he's not a "barker"? This is a reaction to something you've not noticed. Stay alert, and you'll begin to pick up what your dog is telling you - things like…
- What stresses him out when he goes outside
- "I'm really bored!"
- The best time to eat
- "Leave me alone!"
Your dog is trying to talk to you. Are you listening?
- excerpted from Decoding Your Dog
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI