|Barked: Tue Feb 19, '13 7:21pm PST |
|Josie I worked really hard on her SA. She did require meds to stop her injuring herself, but aside from that it was all conditioning and training.
After she totalled the first crate, I got another one and we did short exercises each day. I got in the crate with her and we cuddled and had treats, when she would fall asleep with me in the crate I started having her go in alone while I sat in front with the door open. Then I moved to door closed, me beside the crate, me at the doorway and finally me out of sight. At each step I would wait until she was dozing off before we progressed. Then we did 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, etc. with me out of sight.
I also way upped her exercise, went hardcore on the obedience, and started ignoring her when I wasn't working with her. It was really hard on both of us but the end result was a happier more balanced dog and I got to stop fixing things. When I knew she was calm and relaxed in the crate I started leaving her loose in a room, again starting with minutes at a time. It took months but she got better, got to the point were she had complete run of the house all the time.
Keep in mind though that she was deaf, had poor vision and was a severe case. I inched through her training because I was terrified of a setback. She destroyed her first crate completely and in doing so she tore her gums and lips apart, gashed her face and her leg and ripped two nails out so I was afraid if it happened again she would kill herself.
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