Abb’s went to our leash aggression class, second week for me first for her. The first class was just for humans, we learned what we needed besides our dog for the class.
The bring us in one at a time so no dog sees the other. In the training room there are several dividers and each dog went behind one. The didn’t see each other but they knew they were there.
We started with some relaxation techniques, most everyone brought a mat for their dog, but if you didn’t there was a blanket. We all got our dogs to be calm on the mat, even Abb’s seemed to relax.
We went on to working on ‘find’, which is simply tossing a treat on the floor and asking your dog to find it, all the dogs got an ‘A’ at that 🙂
Next they brought a dog into the room, it sat in the middle and the trainer went around to each partition and moved the curtain so your dog could see the dog in the center of the room. None of the dogs were too interested after the ‘tossin’ the treats’ exercise. We went around the room several time each time letting the dog look for a bit longer, they all did well. The next step was every dogs curtain was open and a dog would walk around the room, still no spunky puppies.
Next we practiced turns, we went one at a time out of our corner to the middle of the room, do a quick excited turn and return to the corner. Every dog but Abb’s did great! One of the helper dogs decided to peak through the partition and of course Abby saw him and she reacted so we did a real life turn. I got her back in a sit with a watch and the trainer made use do it again with out the dog surprise, she did fine.
The nice thing about class is that you can work again with a dog that you’ve had a reaction. I ask Sara if we could work a bit with the dog Abb’s reacted to and we did and she was great. With management she does really well, the age old problem surprises…
We have add good on Sunday and Monday, so more quiet walks than walks with reactions…. The right direction.
Our homework this week is to hang out where dogs pass (Of course at a ‘no reaction’ distance) for 20 minutes just letting your dog look and get cookies. Use find if it gets challenging or a toy. I really want to work on the toy, Abby doesn’t want to play with her favorite toy outside of the house, I want to change that. I got her a new fat cat tug and floppable for the training class, hopefully we will make progress with the dog play on walks.