'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

Friday, 27 May 2011


I had an epiphany today.

I need to stop thinking of Lola in past terms. She was a dog social puppy, she's maturing into a dog selective/reactive young adult. This is something I tried my best to get around--I socialised her so much to other dogs when she was younger--but I need to stop thinking of how she used to be, and start thinking of how she is now.

So for now, no more encouraging her to go and play with other dogs (it can end with lots of snarls). I am going to work on self control exercises, and we are going to work toward her being able to ignore other dogs; when she can be near them without showing too much interest, we will work on making her more social.


Anonymous said...

I think you have a good plan! Lola is still young enough, she will soak up her control exercises like a sponge.

Elizabeth said...

Good for you. I know how difficult it is to come to the realization that our dogs aren't the social butterfly we went them to be (At least not yet). But we have to respect who they are and whats good for them.

Besides, impulse control games are lots of fun and you can never play them enough. And since you want to do agility with Lola it will help with that too. Good luck.

And maybe when she is able to be more calm in the presence of other dogs, she'll be less likely to get into that snarky state when she dose get the chance to play because she will have enough self control to remain under threshold.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

I think your plan sounds good too! We all get stuck thinking in the past and you figured out how to change that - the impulse control games are fun and I think Lola will learn a lot from them!