NEWS FOR 2019
marking and rewarding
August 12, 2017
lots of people moving around
Quite a bit of activity in the car park so we played the bucket game in the back of the car
We decided to do some desensitisation and counter conditioning in the car park of the Vets. Usually he does not want to even get out of the car but we have worked on that, playing In and Out. You will see how close we got to the doors from the gallery below. We did this by doing a silly walk round the car park. One step, feed and then move away. Come back and two steps towards the door, feed and move away. It is so important to go at your dogs pace. If we rush things it won't work and could even set the dog back. You will see one of the photos below where he has real focus - waiting for the treat for taking steps towards the door. Lots of lovely calm sniffing in the car park.
August 11, 2017
This is session 10. You will see he finds it more difficult in the back of the car. We stop when he says stop, start again and continue as long as the chin is down.
You may notice that we use Jacks chin on the floor for permission to continue. Jack has a tendency to want to "Touch" everything with his nose so this seemed the best option! We can now actually apply paw balm! The next step is to generalise the bucket game. We have played it in the garden and in the back of the car - next video.
We are now able to administer paw balm, check ears, and various other things that we may need to do at some point Sessions should be short and we must always respect what the dog is indicating to us. Introducing new items must be done slowly, just lifting them and putting them down again.
Notice how I stop trying to touch his paw after he lets me know he is not comfortable. Instead I just hold my hand close and gradually build up to touch again. We must remember this is a game of choice and stop when our dogs tell us they do not like something
August 8, 2017
New blog website!
June 21, 2018