'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, 5 November 2011

Not Just A Pretty Face.

By this point, Lola has done so much shaping, indoors and out, that she flicks over very quickly to 'work' mode.

I've been making a point lately of cuing her to interact with things she finds scary - there's been a lot of roadworks in my area, which means 'scary' bags of... something, signs on the pavement, etc. She's gotten to the stage where a 'go see' (our cue for inviting her to start offering behaviours, which I didn't use in the video) will have her immediately moving toward (sometimes even going right to targeting with her nose or paws) something she finds Scary. It's a pretty big leap forward.

We're also well at the point where, when I take Lola out in town, she's more likely than not to be very well behaved. She's still reliant on food for it, but it's all reinforcing the good behaviour. She is still triggered by people walking behind us, people talking to me/her (why is it that people will try to talk to you when you're very obviously busy?), and by dogs, especially those that stare at, lunge toward or bark at her, but she's getting better and better.

She's also pretty much ignorant to the fireworks tonight. (Yet the sound of my shoe hitting the floor on the other side of the room sends her running...)

Jess is wearing her jumper, with a reflective dog vest over it (the student's version of a Thundershirt) and that's kept her happy enough that she's just lying down quietly and trembling occasionally. She managed to fall asleep for a while too after I put on the jumper and vest, which was awesome. She definitely prefers to be 'wrapped up', and is snoozing by my foot right now whilst Lola is asleep in the crate.


Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

That Lola is such a pretty girl!! She always has a happy expression!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Winnie said...

Glad you are all coping OK on Fireworks night. It doesn't bother me - luckily - but it's tough on pets who hate the noise. Especially when they go off at random times for a couple of weeks either side the actual day.

Love and licks, Winnie

Sara said...

Can't watch the video for some reason :(

Glad to hear that Lola is handling herself well when you go out and about.

Sophie said...

How strange. I've just re-added the video Sara, it should work now. (It does for me now!)

Bailey Be Good! said...

Amazing video, Lola! I don't have enough patience yet to do anything like that! Good for you! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)