'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

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Wednesday: words, words, words (and photos).

Right now, Lola is being such a good girl.

Today, there was a lot of people who were walking 'strangely' in town. That is usually something that Lola reacts to--it's one of her stronger triggers--but she handled it like a champ, and by the end of the session in town she seemed to be reacting to people who were walking differently no more than to the average 'normal' walking person.

At one point, a guy with crutches even fell over, about four metres away from us, and she didn't explode into barking, lunging, or anything. She didn't lift her hackles, growl, huff out her lips, or try to bolt too much. She hung back away from him, obviously not wanting to get closer, but she didn't kept a loose leash with me at all times. What a good girl.

We had two very minor things happen: two little 'huffs', one at an older man who was staring at her as he passed about a foot away, and one at a teenage (trigger one) boy (two) who 'suddenly' appeared out of a doorway (three), and who stared at her (four). Considering she only blew out her lips (her precursor to barking) and then self-interrupted and looked hard at me for a treat, I was pretty pleased!

Today we've been implementing two new things. Firstly, the down/stay around big triggers (a jogger passing us by about two feet; children running past squealing), and that has worked fantastically. Her downs are always nice and fast, and she didn't seem at all bothered by being asked to stay around Strange Things. Secondly, I've also been heaping praise and cuddles on her when she is really good - for instance, when she locked on to a person, and then looked away and held my gaze for the majority of the time as we passed them, she got a massive puppy party, which she loved.


Sara said...

Good girl, Lola! You are becoming a lovely young lady.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

I just love hearing how Lola self-interrupted and looked hard at you! What a good girl!!

Shane Kent Louis said...

Wow, Nice Lola! and your so lovely and brave! keep it up!

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