|Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 4:20pm PST |
|We had a substitute instructor today, who told everyone at the beginning of class to give each other 10 feet, and firmly stepped in when a guy's teenaged son let their dog wander. Ahh, bliss!! Smokey had a fantastic class. The instructor said that she never would have guessed he has reactive issues, which was really nice to hear. She also stayed after and talked to me about how to break down departure cues into baby steps for counterconditioning, which should help with both reactivity (because he's usually about 80% of the way to his threshold as soon as we step out the door) and separation anxiety. The support system thing really is so important, isn't it? I don't know hardly anyone here in San Diego, but I am trying to build myself one, and I'm getting there.
Anyway, sorry to hijack your thread, Farley. I know you've got a couple weeks until your class starts, but Smokey and I will keep sending you good thoughts.
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