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Came across this article, a great reminder, for those who are living with, or working with a fearful or reactive dog. Working with Joseph was a 'process', and at times it felt counter intuitive, but sticking to the program, really, really does work!!

https://muttabouttown.com/2016/04/28...-the-priority/


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A little celebration post! With the weather being colder and snowier, it is pretty quiet in the neighbourhood, perfect for more street walks with Joseph, we can relax and he can enjoy being a dog. We got a bit of a surprise yesterday, heading out the gate, out on the street goes by all of Joseph's triggers in 'one', a stranger with a dog pulling a sled with kids on it. This was all a little 'too much' for Joseph, and he reacted, something he hasn't done in a long time, he barked, he pulled on the leash, then all of our practicing 'paid off'. We automatically did a U-turn, heading the other way, as soon as his eyes were off the dog, he looked up at me, though still quite anxious, he took the treats I offered him as we walked back into the yard. I walked him around the yard a bit, gave him some time to 'shake it off' and recover, then we headed out the gate again and took a short walk. He was anxious, 'on his toes', checking 'over his shoulder' on occasion, but he settled quickly, with lots of reinforcement for being such a good boy our walk ended on a good note.

A bit of a reminder for me, that even though we may not need the skills we learn ourselves and teach our dogs, on a regular basis, it never hurts to practice and reward them, keep them 'fresh'.


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A little celebration post! With the weather being colder and snowier, it is pretty quiet in the neighbourhood, perfect for more street walks with Joseph, we can relax and he can enjoy being a dog. We got a bit of a surprise yesterday, heading out the gate, out on the street goes by all of Joseph's triggers in 'one', a stranger with a dog pulling a sled with kids on it. This was all a little 'too much' for Joseph, and he reacted, something he hasn't done in a long time, he barked, he pulled on the leash, then all of our practicing 'paid off'. We automatically did a U-turn, heading the other way, as soon as his eyes were off the dog, he looked up at me, though still quite anxious, he took the treats I offered him as we walked back into the yard. I walked him around the yard a bit, gave him some time to 'shake it off' and recover, then we headed out the gate again and took a short walk. He was anxious, 'on his toes', checking 'over his shoulder' on occasion, but he settled quickly, with lots of reinforcement for being such a good boy our walk ended on a good note.


A bit of a reminder for me, that even though we may not need the skills we learn ourselves and teach our dogs, on a regular basis, it never hurts to practice and reward them, keep them 'fresh'.
You are so in tune with Joseph. You did exactly what he needed :-)


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You are so in tune with Joseph. You did exactly what he needed :-)
It was definitely one of those 'Wow!' moments, so proud of him!!


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Came across this article, a great reminder, for those who are living with, or working with a fearful or reactive dog. Working with Joseph was a 'process', and at times it felt counter intuitive, but sticking to the program, really, really does work!!

https://muttabouttown.com/2016/04/28...-the-priority/

Had a chance to read the article today. I actually see how that can apply to humans as well. For example, if your workplace is completely stressful, are you going to get the best creative thinking out of your people? Or, are they going to be so focused on is this meeting is going to make me stay one hour later tonight? You're not going to get the best out of your team.


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You might be surprised how much we learn about working with dogs, is applicable to people as well, fundamentally we are very much the same.


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Not sure how he can sleep like that, but he often does!!

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❤️ that picture of Joseph. He is feeling safe and loved :-)


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Something to think about. This has been a real 'game changer' for Joseph. Over the last several months, I have focused on providing mental 'exercise' vs physical exercise for Joseph, the results have been amazing. It has been very beneficial to my non-reactive dogs as well resulting in over all more relaxed and content dogs . I don't do 'tracking' (officially) but 'seeking' (finding kibble in the grass/snow), I suspect provides a similar experience, uses multiple senses - sight, smell, and the opportunity to 'think' for themselves.
Though this article focuses on reactive dogs, I suspect following such a program with a newly rehomed dog, who is experiencing an extremely stressful life change, would be very beneficial in making the 'settling in' period easier for them.
We tend to think an over active, hyper dog, with little self control simply needs more physical exercise, needs to be physically 'drained', when perhaps, for some, if not many, what they really need, is the opportunity to relax, and use their brain.


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