A to B - managing lunging/barking triggers in everyday walks

#21
There are loads of tactics for that. The "middle" that I described is very much a management tool, but depending on the level of the lunging you could also try throwing a handful of high value treats on the floor whenever you see a dog. If she'll put her nose down to sniff out those as the dog passes, you end up conditioning a response where a dog appearing signals treats on the floor and, resultantly, calmness. It depends on just how narrow the track is (will the other dog end up taking the treats, too?) and the level of arousal, obviously.
 
#23
Thanks for posting the step by step for this tactic....it's similar to what I've been doing, but Shamas has gotten SO much worse the last few days that I think going back to square one would help us both. And buy some fresh chicken because dry treats AREN'T cutting it recently
 
#33
Here are a couple of videos I took this morning, warts and all. Apologies for the drivel; I'm obviously no good talking to camera when there's nobody really there :D

I started off with Squidge because she's not done anywhere near as much as Shadow so a better representation of the early stages. You can see how, as she gets the idea, she starts enjoying the game more.


My verbal diarrhoea at the end is just to say, practice with all sorts of random occurrences and objects. They shouldn't be triggers to start off with. They just give you something to practice with, and it doesn't matter if the dog even notices the object/occurrence or not. They just learn that, at unpredictable times, you might break into the "this way!" game and it's not anything to worry about. If you only ever do this move when the dog has seen a trigger, it will quickly end up being poisoned, as the dog knows there is something worrying in the environment. As it is, doing it at random and spontaneous times means that it keeps its fun. And remember it doesn't just have to be about scary stuff. You could practice with toys, friends, food on the floor - anything. Use your imagination, and just keep it fun.

Shadow video to follow....
 
#34
I did a little session with Shadow to show you how much he loves playing this game. He gets all sorts of silly - actually waaaay over-aroused and starts nipping at my jumper (which he's not done in about two years :cwl: ). I normally only ever do this a couple of times on a walk, and doing it repetitiously like this is a little bit too much and sends him over the edge, so I broke off into some other behaviours to try to clear his mind. I kept it all in the video because he's so bloomin' cute and it seems that most of what I post about is working through his struggles, whereas this shows his goofy side off instead :)

 

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#35
I did a little session with Shadow to show you how much he loves playing this game. He gets all sorts of silly - actually waaaay over-aroused and starts nipping at my jumper (which he's not done in about two years :cwl: ). I normally only ever do this a couple of times on a walk, and doing it repetitiously like this is a little bit too much and sends him over the edge, so I broke off into some other behaviours to try to clear his mind. I kept it all in the video because he's so bloomin' cute and it seems that most of what I post about is working through his struggles, whereas this shows his goofy side off instead :)

LOVING seeing Squidge’s video.

Shadow’s video is currently showing as ‘private’. Might just be me tho?
 
#39
Thanks for the reminder @snowbunny I also have neglected this training, so today during our walk with Hattie & Charlie I did some with Charlie. We saw a serial absconding Bedlington Terrier today coming towards us which can freak Charlie out so a quick A-B kept him focused on me. It really keeps him walking on a loose lead and a beedy eye on me! Love it. xx
 
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