(Oops. Peggy told me to mention that SHE was the very good girl when we encountered three hysterical little dogs on our way home. And it’s true. She was. Sorry, Peggy.)
I really so get this... I'm working toward this at home with my puppy. She's been with us for 6 weeks now but I rushed the process and have had to dial it way back.Trying to decide when it might be appropriate to leave Peggy for a few hours in her crate during the day (something she has no problem with back home). We don’t want to rush it and set ourselves back. But we’d really like to go for a walk downtown, eat lunch, explore some shops, do some Christmas shopping, etc.
My parents think we’re nuts for coddling her so much. But we’re trying to see this trip as an investment in future trips. We want a lifetime of travel with Peggy.
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Thank you for saying that.I really so get this... I'm working toward this at home with my puppy. She's been with us for 6 weeks now but I rushed the process and have had to dial it way back.
You've got me curiously following your adventures!! I'm rooting for Peggy and you both.
I’ve been thinking about this. And your flappy-flappy-bang-bang methods helped me get her over the stresses of housepainters and landscapers. The surprises here are just so....surprising. Lol. Does that make sense? And random. The variables feel infinite. And it is often impossible to maintain enough space to keep her far enough under threshold to treat her.Oh those eyes!
I wonder if something like our bang-bang treats might help with the surprises, if she is not so stressed by them as to be unable to eat. Weird things round corners = more space and chicken, over and over again. Given how quickly she has learned to relax and ignore things inside the condo it might help.
This is how Grisha Stewart teaches Look at That. You are stationary with the dog, and you let whatever stroll by - cars, bikes, skateboarders, kids playing soccer. You can combine it with matwork.I think a valuable exercise might be to remain stationary and let the surprises come around a corner towards us. With a fixed distance from the corner, that would give us a chance to treat before she enters the orange or red zone. But do you think she’d eventually start to generalize that lesson to more random encounters?
Lol. @fjm has a lovely little song she sings to Sophy and Poppy while the window cleaners are working:Flappy-flappy-bang-bang? Huh? What fab training method is this?
It’s super effective and something we still do. We’ll park ourselves on a bench and treat while the world goes by. (Highly highly recommend to anyone who might be reading this while struggling with reactivity.)This is how Grisha Stewart teaches Look at That. You are stationary with the dog, and you let whatever stroll by - cars, bikes, skateboarders, kids playing soccer. You can combine it with matwork.
Ah, I see, that's how you've been doing LAT, you just haven't been doing it in the hallway of a lively downtown apartment building in one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Good learning lesson for anyone following along: dogs do not generalize well. You can practice on a dozen umbrellas, and then someone shows up with a golf umbrella and the dog reacts. C'est la vie avec des caniches. (I muddled my languages for a moment and wrote: c'est la vie con des caniches, lol.)We practised at a Starbucks, too, in preparation for this trip. The Starbucks patio is surrounded by a busy parking lot, which we figured was the closest we could get to the sights and sounds of an urban area. But everything just seemed to move so much more slowly at home. I’m not seeing a lot of generalizing between those experiences and what we’re currently facing.