This is so key for me. That's what I had to realize too. And there have been plenty of times where I'm trudging in the opposite direction of where we were headed while a tasmanian devil whirls on the end of the leash resisting being pulled in the opposite direction. But it's not a training moment and the only solution is to get out of there fast (or as fast as possible when you are a weakling who weighs just over twice your dog's weight and she's pure drive and muscle ).It's not a training moment.
I don't think it is deciding he doesn't want to be redirected. I think it's being so close to threshold that he can't be redirected. And you might think, "But he can be redirected in this scenario other times." But maybe he had 4 other things that stressed him that day and this is the straw that broke the camel's back. If he truly enjoys what you're offering - treats, toys, games, etc. - and he's choosing to freak out over a stressor, that's his hind brain kicking in. If he sees another dog and can't be redirected, that's your cue to get out of there.he decides he doesn't want to be redirected and he goes bonzo.
In my opinion, you don't handle them. You remove him from the situation.I haven't had to think about how to handle extended periods of reaction.
Yeah, for me, if I caught it early enough, a sharp No or whatever could be a useful interrupter. I don't use No because it sounds negative to me, but it wouldn't have any different association for Bella than the "Hereyougo!" I do use. If she's about to react, I can say, "Hereyougo!!" (all one really fast word) and it's an almost Pavlovian head swivel to me for a treat (kind of like a really reliable recall). Once she's not looking at the trigger, I can ask for behaviors or move in another direction without the full meltdown. But I don't think of that as a punishment.For some behaviors a loud "No" or "That's enough" seems to work with Ranger,
This is THE hardest part though, along with keeping calm and confident. . I love Ranger, but sometimes it is very tough with him. Plus I am always the one doubting myself, thinking I should have done and do more, I make too many mistakes, maybe if he would have had someone who would have worked with him better he would be better off now (he really started being more reactive in the last couple months, it was less when I first got him; although I do think puberty played a big role too as he will only be 1.5 years in August), and I tend to be embarrased having the misbehaved dog (although I am getting better at just shrugging this off). Anyway, doubt and lack of confidence generally and calmness in extreme situation are my biggest enemies. One day, one day, I have the hope of overcoming this and until then, one step at a time...(at least I am truly learning patience haha)Getting frustrated with your dog (often when we're embarrassed by their behaviour or feel like it's making us look bad) for being upset can take a toll on your relationship and in their ability to work with you and trust you or defer to you. If you were upset and scared, would someone getting angry with you make you feel better or worse about what triggers you?
He can learn that but not if he gets to practice going over threshold in between training sessions. Curtains closed until he learns. B was not allowed in the room with a front facing window at our first house. At our second house, I set up an expen/blanket crime against decor to block her view. And we vetoed any house with a front facing window in the main living spaces when house hunting this time. Now she hangs out watching the world go by. But it took years of management, lots of specific training, acupuncture, and herbal supplements.But I also feel like inside he can learn that "No" or "Leave it" means to keep quiet at the first moment he makes a sound. Like when he used to go for my flipflop to chew on: "No" then redirect. Not working great so far, but I am not sure what else to do aside from just leaving the curtains closed
Bella's thought bubble seemed to be, "What the heck? I can move away from the scary thing? Why didn't you tell me before?!"I swear a though bubble appeared over trick's head that said "finally you understand that sitting and eating a treat does not make me feel safe from threat. finally"
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