You’ve got a few new behaviours to work on!
We know that a tight leash causes tension and tension causes outbursts and outbursts make us cray-cray.
If your dog has that +CER, start playing with the Look at That game when you’re at a safe distance. If they don’t have it yet, just keep working on classically conditioning them to triggers at a safe distance. It takes time to create positive associations if negative ones are currently there!
Try playing the hand-targeting game in low-distraction environments and making it really fun for your dog!
Let’s work on polite walking so that you can reduce tension on the walks as much as possible.
Check out these two bonus PDFs that give you some scripts for strangers. I’m sure you’ll find something useful in there:
Is your dog human-reactive?
Let’s talk about how to deal with people who think they’re the anomaly:
Is your dog dog-reactive?
Let’s talk about how to deal with off-leash dogs:
And you know what I say… when in doubt, yell “contagious!!” and that works like a charm. (Especially during Covid, sadly.)
Reminder for next week:
Next week will be our “breather week” where no new assignments will be given as these first few modules are heavy, heavy, heavy! You’ll need some time for implementation.