Flynn come to us for some behavioural training after many instances of reactivity to just about anything that moved, leading to him redirecting and biting his owners.
The main cause of the problem for Flynn is due to him being kept in a dark barn with other animals and fed on sheep feed until he was picked up at 9-weeks-old. The lack of socialisation with people, dogs, vehicles, sounds or environmental stimuli has resulted in him reacting and becoming hyper-aroused by life.
Flynn’s genetic nervousness and lack of framework around how to perceive and interact with different stimuli has been leading to high levels of frustration and confusion, leading him to lash out at the closest thing to him.
We got straight to work with Flynn to condition his response and get him checking in with his owners. His level of fixation (typical collie) was leading him to making some very poor decisions and react to things of zero importance to him. Within a couple of hours he was able to become next to two of our stooge dogs with no reaction and engaged on his owners.
Flynn’s owners have and will continue to put in a great deal of work into his training, and once they’ve exposed him to enough environmental stressors using the new approach we’re sure he’ll make a terrific worker.
We’ll do a post detailing the importance of good breeders and correct environmental conditioning shortly, but please don’t dismiss how vital the first 8-weeks in-particular are for dogs.
Really great work guys and we’ll be watching out to see how you get on moving forwards.