Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Bettyna » Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:50 am

I need some ideas for set ups (after we finish our 4 sessions with the trainer) considering that I don't know ANY doggy people in the area.

The trainer said she's thinking of linking up her BAT students so that we can help each other to do set ups by ourselves, which would be very useful.

I also found a training team that organises socialisation groups for dogs http://www.dogcommunication.co.uk/soc.php. From the website, it looks like it is run by an actual trainer as a training tool rather than a free for all play group, so I've emailed them to see if we will be able to do some set ups with nice calm dogs. They have what they call teaching dogs and also do BAT. The benefit of this team over our current trainer is that she only has 1 black dog (Kobe's major peeve!) while they have a few different dogs which they can use. I will make sure to ask the trainer this next time I see her.

Considering I don't know any doggy people right now, I would not mind paying for a set-up, especially since setups seem to play a major role in BAT.

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Amanda » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:03 pm

Where are you roughly? I have a dog/horse friend in the Porlock area. I believe it's in Somerset. If you are anywhere close, maybe I could ask? Or maybe she would know someone near you. She has shown at Crufts and might have other contacts.

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Bettyna » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:17 am

I am in Surrey / Southwest London. Hmmm somerset is another county altogether so it's not close.

Wow, must be really beautiful countryside there!! I would love if she knew any contacts in the southwest London area. :) if it's easy for you to ask... :) thanks!

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Amanda » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:45 pm

I will ask her. You never know! I met her on a vacation there. There used to be a bed and breakfast in Porlock Weir that you could take riding lessons at and trail ride out onto the moors. Quite an amazing trip. I desperately want to go back but it's so expensive (Mom paid last time) and now the bed and breakfast is a private residence. L worked for them.

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Bettyna » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:36 am

We had our 3rd session yesterday with a live dog!

At the beginning of the session we met a well meaning senior lady who wanted to introduce her jack Russell to Kobe. We said Kobe's not friendly, and frightened of other dogs! She said, "well Max is quite friendly!" - While taking Max out of her car. This was after putting Max back in her car in the first place!!

We did manage to persuade her that it was wiser to stay at a distance. It did end up to be sort of a nice set up. :) Kobe didn't like the attention of the lady and the dog staring at him and started to go off a little, but we then backed off and got him settled again.

The trainer used a smallish old black senior dog who was placid and calm. We managed to get from the dog not moving and not looking at Kobe and us walking nearer slowly, to us walking parallel to the dog maybe about 5-7m apart, us staying still with the dog jogging slowly, trailing behind the dog and then finally we let Kobe get within 3 metres of the dog and let Kobe just look at the dog, and allow the dog to look at Kobe too.

It was a really good session. Kobe did not once react to the dog. And by the end he was completely relaxed, mouth open, tail down, looking at the dog voluntarily then away or at me for treats.

One key takeaway from today was that we need to think of pushing the boundaries a little at a time. This is harder to do in real life as opposed to a set up, but we have to try it anyway. So for example, instead of always directing his attention towards us, we want to try to get Kobe to use his environment to soothe himself. Things like sniffing the ground after looking at the dog or peeing are supposed go be stress relieving and self soothing.

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby SherriA » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:50 am

Wow, that's excellent progress already!
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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby maxs_mommy » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:38 am

That sounds like awesome progress! WTG!
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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby JudyL » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:14 am

I'm so happy that you found this person and Kobe is making great progressive! :)

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Bettyna » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:15 am

I'm so happy about the training. I think its going really well! Of course real life is much more difficult to predict!

Last week, the husband brought Kobe to the park to practice BAT by himself and they saw a big brown lab. From a distance, Kobe was perfectly fine and not reactive, however, the lab ran right up to Kobe and tried to sniff his butt with a ball in his mouth!! He wanted to play, poor boy.

The husband wasnt able to run away fast enough with Kobe.

Kobe snapped at the lab and started growling and barking. The lab ran off. The only positive I could draw from the situation was that the husband said that Kobe seemed to recover from this episode much quicker than he would have before. He said that Kobe was barking for about 10-15 secs and then he was able to get Kobe's attention and move on.

Sigh. It wasn't one of the best moments of last week.

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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby maxs_mommy » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:23 am

It sounds like that lab, while in friendly and probably harmless, was so far over Kobe's threshold that I'm honestly surprised he recovered that quickly. You may have to really manage his environment for awhile so you don't see regressions but you will see some regressions before he's solid. Good on you for getting this taken care of for him!
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Re: Dog Behaviourist for Kobe

Postby Jen » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:35 am

This is so wonderful to hear! I'm so happy for you. Having a fearful over reactor is very stressful for all involved!

I agree that his recovery is impressive. I'm also glad the Lab took off rather than escalated. :)


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