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Sessions don’t always go to plan!

Sometimes, I have a detailed plan for a session and what we’re going to do, but the universe just doesn’t cooperate.

On Monday, I went to see Ziggy, a Border Terrier who reacts to some other dogs. He’s a massive foodie and super trainable - perfect!

Well… that was until we tried to train him around other dogs and couldn’t find a single dog in Gateshead! Where is everyone hiding?

My usual plan for reactivity involves first teaching the owner the process and ensuring their handling is spot on. To do this, I need to be with them, rather than me handling a different dog away from them. Then, we practice repeatedly until the dog can follow the entire process and understand the system, which is basically: to see a dog and look for the treats that follow.

With Ziggy, we had to skip straight to step two and use Chloe and Bella.

Everything worked out well in the end. The owner learned the system, and so did Ziggy. She learned that when another dog appears, she should look back and get a tasty treat, rather than barking and lunging at the other dogs.

Well done to Ziggy and her owner, you both did fab!

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