|Yay, improvement. I can barely hold in my excitement.|
When we started the class, Mushroom would whine, bark, and jump whenever we saw another dog on our walks. We would then have to duck behind a building or a car and wait for a few minutes until she calmed down.
Some of the main concepts of our reactive dog class were to introduce the dogs slowly and allow them each a comfort zone by using barriers. We would reward the dog for looking calmly at another dog, with the eventual goal of teaching a "look" command where the reactive dog would look at another dog and back at the human.
I wouldn't say that Mushroom's reactivity is gone, but over the past few weeks, her reaction to seeing another dog has diminished to a quiet, frustrated whine at worst. Several times in class, she was able to look at a dog and then look back at me.
We know that training isn't over once a class finishes, and we have to continue practicing calm behavior with Mushroom. As the class winds down, we're looking at several options going forward: Do we try to find more challenging public spaces to practice in? Do we enroll her in a "normal" group training class? Do we do something else entirely that I haven't thought of?
|Ideally, we'd want Badger to participate too|
For those of you with reactive dogs, what have you done to maintain good behavior after the class finishes?
P.S. If you think you might have a reactive dog, check out this great post by Love & a Six-Foot Leash!