'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Second visit to Pets At Home.


This visit went a whole lot better than the last one! She was more jumpy on the train (we didn't go for a walk beforehand to kill some energy), but she was more willing to take treats, so she wasn't too stressed. When we got there, she shook about three or four times, and she seemed much more relaxed after each hard shake; I'm going to try and put that on cue at some point, as I think it'd be a good tool to have to be able to cue her to shake.

One of the workers at the shop tried to feed her a treat, but she wasn't having any of that and hid behind my legs. We worked on LLW and eye contact, and every time I stopped moving I asked her to sit, leading to her pre-empting me and sitting a couple of times. We even walked past the rabbits and guinea pigs with only a brief, lazy glance toward them.

She only verbalised a couple of times in the shop: once at a baby in his mother's arms (he was staring down at her, and she just did an uneasy grumble); a harder growl at a toddler that stopped mid-tracks to gawp at her (leaning forward and staring hard) whilst I tried to fiddle with a harness I was thinking of getting her; a sharp couple of barks at a doberman puppy in the store that was straining at its lead whilst beside the toddler; and another soft, uneasy growl at a man in his twenties or so who was, again, staring at her whilst I was trying to adjust the harness.

When we came out of the shop, after about forty minutes of good behaviour in there, she growled low and deep at a pair of teenage boys (about 14-15 years old, I'd guess) who were walking as if toward us, swaggering and staring. She carried on growling for a few minutes until I distracted her with a slice of hot dog. Finally, she barked at a toddler after we got off of the train home, as we were less than two feet from the kid and she was alright until it tottered toward us as if it was about to fall over on her. She barked and dodged to the side.

1 comment:

Ricky the Sheltie said...

I bet Lola will get better every time she goes on the train and goes to the store. Good for you for getting her out and about and glad to hear she did so well!