Pure Dog Talk - Laura Reeves
363 — Reactive Dogs: Learn their Language | Pure Dog Talk
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363 — Reactive Dogs: Learn their Language | Pure Dog Talk

363 -- Reactive Dogs: Learn to Speak “Dog” for Better Outcomes | Pure Dog Talk

 

Distance increasing and distance decreasing body language

 

Hard, sharp barks, showing teeth are distance increasing

 

Hip check is friendly, shoulder check is not

 

Circle wags are good

 

Play bows are good

 

Avoid threshold to reaction for best results

 

Some dogs don’t want to put money where their mouth is

 

Has dog done damage to person/dog – makes a difference as to how to approach situation

 

Specifically reactive/non-aggressive – causes/solutions

 

98% of reactivity in this case is fear based

 

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.

 

Breed specific behavior.