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Helping Fodie cope with having guests in her home

This week we went to see the lovely Fodie. Fodie is a rescue that her guardian found while traveling around Australia (I think she said ).

She’s a big foody, so this will be a pretty easy dog to train

Fodie doesn’t take well to having people in the house and tends to try and control their movements and can get aggressive if a guest goes near places where Fodie would often steal food, like the dishwasher.

Fodies other issues are that she reacts to dogs in the streets around her home.

Here’s what we did:

  • When arousal increased, she did some weird flick towards her back end, so she has been sent to the vets to get that checked.

  • We taught her to go to bed where she gets rewarded. This will be used as a safe place for her to go when people come over.

  • Marker cue. This is a word that tells her when she’s done right and that she’s going to get a treat. This will be used to reinforce good choices when people are over and also when she’s out and sees dogs.

  • Hand and spoon nose touch. Here she will touch a hand and spoon with her nose so she can appropriately interact with new people.

Once we have these foundations in place, we can increase the difficulty of these tasks and help her around her triggers.

Well done Fodie and co

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