Today we had this gorgeous girl in for a session with us to take a look at her reactivity and leash pulling.
As soon as Ember got out of the car she was barking and lunging and just generally being a typical nerve bag German Shepherd.
It’s common to find young German Shepherds with similar issues like reactivity, pulling their owners around, being easily startled, jumping up on people and being generally disobedient in areas of higher distraction. In the house they’re great, almost as soon as you step out of the front door they become uncontrollable.
We got to work on teaching some leash control and within maybe 5-minutes she understood what was being asked from her and didn’t break her new heel position for the rest of the session. Giving her clear guidance and structure was really important to snap her out of her frantic mind-state and get her focused on the only thing that really matters – her owner!
Next we worked on her reactivity with multiple stooge dogs and she aced it. Ember really just needed some clear communication from her owner and some emphasis placed on obedience and engagement, rather than allowing her to make bad decision after bad decision.
Ember isn’t genetically the most confident dog and this nervousness won’t improve without some real focus being placed on it. It’s really important to acknowledge what the real temperament of our dogs and work with their strengths and try to improve their weaknesses, rather than burying our heads in the sand and pretending they’re something they’re not.
To finish the session we worked on some ways to engage Ember in play, increase her drive and raise her confidence. It’s amazing what improvements you can make to a dogs temperament with the right knowledge and application and it’s something that is neglected far too often.
Embers reactivity will be cracked in no time now her owners are armed with the right knowledge and skills to tackle the problem and we look forward to seeing her again in the future to look at some competition obedience.
Good session today guys!