How Does Reactive Dog Training Help Rescue Dogs Lose Anxiety and Build Confidence?
Does your dog ignore you in the park? Can't take your dog to your local cafe because they embarrass you? Does you dog behave in the house but outside turns into a lunatic? Is your dog shy or anxious? Reactive dog training will be the solution.
By: Edinburgh Holistic Dogs
Living in cities and busy towns is hard work when you have a reactive and anxious dog,.
Let's say you own a 3 year, Old English Sheepdog who looses her calm whenever she sees a bicycle ride past, so living and walking in any cycle friendly area can be an absolute nightmare.
The shame that falls over you when your dog transforms into a barking, lunging nightmare on the end of the lead is awful and embarrassing, we understand the looks and stares you may attract, you can practically hear people thinking that your dog is dangerous, or that you must be a bad owner with no control over your dog. Here's what NOT to do!
Punishing your dog – This means no shouting, pulling/dragging and hitting your dog. It may seem like a natural thing to shout at your dog, especially when your dog is kicking off at that bike, but it gets you nowhere. You will end up stressed, and your dog will end up more stressed at best and scared of you at worst, both options just make the original problem worse.
Body Blocking – You can see a dog your dog reacts to walking in your direction, so you decide to body block your dog from being able to look at it. This may seem like a sensible idea, but all you achieve is you constantly sidestepping to block your dog who is moving side to side to get a better look at the dog in question.
Tense Up – Easier said than done, but you need to relax especially in front of your dog's trigger. Your dog knows when you're tensing up and getting stressed, even when you think you're hiding it, dogs are masters at reading our body language.
Take deep breaths, relax your shoulders and loosen the death grip you have on your dogs lead, over time this becomes easier. The more you can relax, the more your dog will be likely to relax.
Helping and training your reactive dog means playing the long game, there is no quick fix for your dog but using these reward based methods you will get long lasting results.
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