Today we had the lovely Nina in for her first ever session with us to take a look at her reactivity towards other dogs, and general lack of focus when other distractions are on the scene.
Nina’s 1-year-old now and her owners have put a great deal of focus on her training since day one and have built a fairly solid relationship, this makes the necessary training journey much simpler going forwards.
As with many reactive dogs, the reactivity is merely a symptom of another problem, rather than the problem itself. For Nina, her issue’s a classic case of barrier frustration caused by over-socialisation and fuelled by genetic nerve, particularly in new environments.
As the fundamentals were already in place we really just needed to go over a few handling techniques and psychological principles. Once we were all on the same wavelength about the psychology behind her reactivity and where their breakdown in communication was, we put Nina to work and she had no issues engaging with her owners around two of our stooge dogs.
Nina’s had a couple of different trainers now with no real results, and in honesty, she was very simple to work with. Confident handling and clear communication is sometimes all that’s needed to make breakthroughs in problem behaviour.
To finish off our sessions we went through a couple of different real-life scenarios and how to begin working on impulse control in prey drive. Nina’s a really nice dog with good food and ball drive, so we have no doubts she’ll take to her training like she has everything else.
Great session today guys and keep me updated with her progress!