Seeing progress with a noisy German shepherd
I was back in Swadlincote working with a noisy #germanshepherd and what a difference in the speed in which she calmed down, so much better! This is always the real test, not to see if a behaviour has stopped but to see how much better a dog is becoming at controlling her own behaviour!
it is also one of the best indicators of how much work has been done since the last visit and there has clearly been much work done!
We progressed onto some lead work. There is a dog next door that winds up my clients dog so that is a great place to begin to teach our dog that there is no need for her to react to a barking dog.
Teaching a dog to be calm on a lead is dependent on the owner being calm on the lead. If the dog associates the lead with having an argument, there will be an argument and this is usually caused by the person on the end of the lead and not the dog. Certainly the dog will want to go and do what they want to, it is how we react to this that either makes the a restriction in which the dog can learn to work or it becomes an area the dog believes it must battle.
The dog was doing really well, she is not allowed onto the lawn because of her behaviour towards next door so when she slipped her collar and ran onto the lawn, there was clear panic and stress in the owners.
This is exactly what the dog was expecting so we stopped that it its tracks and I worked with the dog and within 5 minutes she was back on the patio having her collar adjusted.
How did I achieve getting a loose dog off the grass without being able to get hold of her?
Quite simply because I stayed calm, quiet and gently walked after her and she chose to go back on to the patio.
With dogs it is often too easy to become vocal when things go wrong and to become stressed. In those situations you need to display your confidence and you do this best by being calm and quiet.
These are both very difficult to do which is why you need help doing it and it takes practice and repetition.
I love watching dogs choose to be calm because they realise that you are not adding to the stress and confusion,you are able to act decisively and calmly which tells your dog you know what you are doing and you are OK with the situation, your dog will take its lead from you, you set the example that your dog will follow.