Today we had this little lady in for a full day session to take a look at her human and dog reactivity issues.
From the initial consultation with Kiera’s owners it appeared that the problems they were experiencing were likely all stemming from the same place, ineffective communication and a generally nervous/anxious temperament.
As with any dog that’s more on the nervous side we took our time to look at her fundamentals starting from the very beginning. Looking at basic obedience, handling and loose leash walking, focus and eye contact, reward markers, and types of reward.
Kiera has been inadvertently enabled into becoming a fussy eater and because of this her food drive really needed addressing and a plan put in place to improve it. With a higher quality food and some bad habits addressed, her food drive will increase and enable her owners to motivate her to work. Whether that’s for general obedience and manners, or reactivity and loose leash walking.
For the remainder of the day we looked at the psychology driving her reactivity and how the same underlying emotion can be used to our advantage in our training. With Kiera a combination of a nervous disposition and ineffective communication was ultimately leading her towards making poor decisions.
Getting Kiera’s focus onto her owners and teaching her the value of focus and engagement meant that for the entire day she showed no reactivity, something that was previously unheard of since the problems began. The right handling and foundations will work wonders for a dog that’s unclear as to what they should be doing.
Great session today and confident that Kiera’s issues will be improved moving forwards. Nice one guys.