'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

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Run, puppy, run!

Lola, you want your ball?

In other news, we're going to be very, very busy this weekend. My town's rhythm and blues festival is on this weekend. The camp ground is the rugby fields at the top of my park; there will be more than twice as many people lingering and listening to music at certain times of day in certain areas in town; and there are some festival-y entertainments going on in the sports centre carpark nearby.

So, basically, we are going to be taking the opportunity to stand very far away from a very large number of people, for very short periods of time throughout each day (I'm thinking ten-fifteen minute sessions, every two hours, with fetch/exercise in between). I have high value food primed and ready, including hot dogs, ham, cheese, freeze dried liver and kipper, and I also have some chicken to cook up and prepare.

I'm not going to push Lola too much this weekend - I'm going to try and stay quite far away from crowds, so that Lola notices the people but doesn't get too stressed. We'll see, though - if she isn't bothered at all, we can slowly decrease the space between us and the people over the weekend.


Sara said...

Good luck! What a great opportunity for desensitization. That environment would be impossible for Oreo.

Tanner and Beth said...

Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy the little bit of music that you will get to hear from time to time. I love good music.

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