We’ve had a few sessions with George so far and he’s doing awesome.
George loves a bark, as most mini schnauzers do, and directs that bark towards people and other dogs.
There’s a mix of emotions going on with him, he’s frustrated because he can’t get there to check them out but then anxious when he’s there - he’s an impulsive greeter, essentially.
We have done a lot with George as he just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to do any training around triggers when we started.
Here is what we’ve done:
Gave him time off, this was several weeks without any walks or opportunity to rehearse the behavior.
Rewarded and inspired calm behaviors in the home.
User the infinity walk to calm him down, then turned this into a pattern game. Basically, the rules for this are he decides when he’s ready by looking at his guardian, then walk to a cone while he focuses on them and they then place a piece of food on the floor and wait for him to take in the environment and start again.
We then counter-conditioned to other dogs and people. This is where he sees a dog and instead of barking, whips around to his guardian for treats.
George is doing fab! It’s definitely a slow process with him but he will definitely get there!
Well done so far and keep up the great work guys!
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