Yesterday we had our first session with Eddie the bull terrier. He’s mental and in typical run-through-walls-bull-terrier style.
He is constantly on the go in the house and looking for things to destroy, jumping up and just causing havoc (including jumping on the roof of their Porsche and scratching it to bits ).
On walks, he’s even worse. He is pulling erratically then whines and screams when he sees people while putting the breaks on and not moving.
He’s worse with dogs, just the smell of mine in the car sent him crazy, caused him to put breaks on, and have a meltdown in the middle of the street.
He even escaped the house once and got into a fight with another dog.
I believe this is poor socialization, Eddie has had 6 homes in his 18 months so far. He has been rushed through environments and never allowed to just take everything in and process it correctly.
Eddie will take a while to sort, but here’s his plan for the next couple of weeks:
Reinforcing checkins by throwing food away from him, causing a ping pong effect.
Slowing walks down so that he can take in what is going on around him and learning that it’s nothing exciting and doesn’t involve him.
Reward him for choosing calm behaviors
Pavlovs breakfast - this is where the scent of dogs is placed with his breakfast and associated with something calm and tasty.
This will be a long road for Eddie, but we will get him there!
Well done guys!
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