Brandiandwe Posted March 4, 2012 Share Posted March 4, 2012 We've been working hard recently on managing PKs high prey drive and both brandi and PKs reactivity to other dogs. PK has been going to mixed breed obedience classes and Brandi started yesterday. PK made a strong start at obedience, attempting to attack two small fluffies on our way from the car park to registration. The head trainer wandered over, and welcomed me, complimenting me on PKs condition and saying that I was definitely in the right place. The first class was about training the humans so we all sat/ stood in a circle and listened to some basic dog training stuff. PK found herself in fairly close proximity to a large group of dogs and began withdrawing away from me, into the centre of the circle to try to see everything. In so doing, she boxed herself between a rottweiler, a white shepherd and a golden retriever and began going into meltdown. So we went for a little walk to settle down before returning to the group. This time she lay down with her back to everything and began fixating on a small poodle. So we went for several more walks. At the end we walked out, avoiding all small dogs. Second week, we went back and she was entirely different. She ignored all small dogs, socialised appropriately with the bigger dogs who had scared her last time and actually made friends with an American Staffy cross called Dexter (he looks like a Dexter too!). Week three, she worked beside some small fluffies and shared a water bowl with a JRT. Meanwhile at home, she has become much more more relaxed on walks and much less interested in other dogs. Sadly, Brandi took up that particular baton with gusto. Brandi's first day at obedience was less exciting. After disciplining Dexter for being a bit too familiar with several warning growls and a snap, I was told not to worry that she was learning appropriate socialisinsation. I pointed out that she was actually apprppriately socialised: several warnings and he didn't get the message until the snap, at which point he backed off and they worked happily side by side from then on. She demonstrated the appropriate way to socialise and meet a dog on leash with a rotty and ignored all the other dogs unless encouraged to interact. Then, this morning, it all came together on our walk. We were out early so it was dark. A small dog rushed out barking ferociously crossing the road and charging at us. The girls stopped, placed themselves between me and the dog and watched it relaxed. It took a couple of minutes until I could attract the owners attention and ask them to call their dog back, at which point it went and the girls walked on. No reaction at all. Then later, we met two very ill-mannered labs. They were luncging and pulling at their leashes and we were meeting head on. So we crossed the road, while they carried on. The girls sped up, but did nothing else. No lunging, barking, snarling or challening. I'm so proud of them both! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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