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Always look at the whole picture!

Today we were in Blaydon dog training Chester the Staffy.

Chester used to bark and lunge at dogs from 5-6 meters away and looked pretty aggressive when he did, he also escaped and caused a fight with a dog once too.

Chester is doing brilliantly, and rarely reacting to other dogs up close now!

The times where he is more likely to react are early on walks, like coming out of the house or car. This is when his arousal is highest and he struggles to make good choices.

When we look at the whole picture, it’s clear the issue with this is both anxiety and over-arousal, but by reducing the arousal, we reduce the anxiety response to a workable level.

In this session, we taught a controlled way to start a walk.

Chester now sits and waits in the car until called to the middle position, he waits while the car door is closed and locked. Then, he moves into heel position and focuses on a loose leash walking position as he gets into the walk.

This will really transform Chester’s walk and be the icing on the cake to resolve his reactivity once and for all

Chester and his owner have done amazing!

Well done!

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