We had a second session with Kaiser as after his reluctancy to show any signs of reactivity during his first session, his owner was confident we’d see a different side of him in a familiar environment.
As we wanted to see what he was typically like we took him out on his regular walk with no food or ball to take a look and what was going on.
As with a few cases what reactivity he did have was being predominantly being triggered by handling, moreso than an intense emotional reaction to a particular stimuli. Generally tightening up, brief moments of pause, adjusting in preparation for an incident, and expecting the reactivity to present itself.
As dogs learn by association, our behaviour in preparation for a negative event can become a trigger for the event itself. One thing that always makes reactivity difficult to work with is that it sometimes appears random, and sometimes this is due to how we respond to stimuli in our own environment.
When you’re dealing with complex emotional responses in dogs it’s important to understand that you can only work at the dogs pace, and without effective communication you will really struggle to make progress towards your goals. The more you learn and submerge yourself in the process, the more success you will have.
Kaiser’s owner has put a ton of work in since rescuing him and is doing all of the necessary things to chip away at the last bit of his reactivity. After looking at his pedigree we’ve also identified that he’s half working lines with a handful of titled dogs too, so in a future session we’ll be looking at teaching some sport foundations.
Nice work again guys!