Many dogs learn best defense is a good offense – don’t have to get in interaction that makes them scared
Lack of early socialization or had negative experience or second fear stage around 9 months, can go sideways during teenage months
Can do all the right stuff in 0-16 wks and still have 2nd fear period. It’s a real thing and it happens
Go forward process
Don’t get after the dog -- we’re embarrassed, don’t want dog to act that way … all I successfully did was stress out dog, create more fear/anxiety… don’t know what to do. Give them things to do. Take away behavior you don’t like, replace with a better one. More time focused on what to do right, decreases stress level. Try to keep out of situations they aren’t ready for yet.
If you ask them to look away from what makes them scared, it is your responsibility to protect space bubble. Otherwise degrade trust. Listen to what the dog is telling you.
High value treats – every time we saw someone I jammed treats in mouth, jamming in between barking,
Why rewarding barking?
I’m counter conditioning
See someone and turn to look at me. Changed her emotional response to stimuli, every time she saw neighbor, meant she got a treat.
Drastically reduce # of treats
None of the barking
Applicable traveling to NYC
Test stress level -- over threshold if can’t eat
High traffic, lots of noise, lots of people
Planning going in to environment
Management – how to cut down stimulation, wheel in covered crate, CBD oil, melatonin – wind down for bed calming effect, lavender oil.. drop inside each ear flap, cover crate with blanket misted with lavender oil
Tools, not cures of the root problem. Use in conjunction with resolving core issue.