I was called out as this gorgeous little chap called Bentley lunged and barked at literally everything that moved when on walks and it had become incredibly stressful for his owners. They were at their wits end feeling very frustrated.
After my initial assessment and seeing how stressed he was, I reccomend that he was kept to house and garden rest for 10 days. This is to remove the exposure to the stressful objects completely, preventing him from additional release of cortisol and adrenocortical – the two main stress hormones. This is to allow the body to naturally break down the residual stress hormones and allow him to feel more relaxed before even starting any training with him.
After his respite, we then started the behaviour modification work and so far I’m pleased to say we have significant improvement. In the video you can see that he still lunged at the moped but when the bus when by, he actually ‘checked in’ with his owner and did not react. This would have been impossible at first.
Although we have a long way to go yet because behaviour modification takes a long time, I wanted to share with you the progress so far because the owners are doing really well. A huge part of my job is coaching the owners, explaining things clearly and explaining why we are doing things so they understand the whole process.
This is not an easy task to be great with dogs as well as people. When faced with clients of all ages and abilities you have to have brilliant people skills. I LOVE to see the change and growth in confidence in both my clients and the dogs. That’s partly where my passion stems from.
As you can see from the end of the video, we already now have a much happier and relaxed dog. He even gives us a little wink 😉.
💗🌟This is our incredible journey together🌟💗