|Barked: Thu Jan 17, '13 9:03am PST |
|Barking is not considered an acceptable act/alert, especially in the type of situation you have mentioned.
Having read your previous posts, I think you aren't understanding some of the terminology used. Several items on that list are just creative ways of making the normal benefits of having a dog sound like actual tasks. For example: Increase safety in public isn't a task/work (by US case law; I realize you are in Canada. Last I checked, their task/work definitions are still in-line with ours). In general, most dogs act as a deterrent just by their presence; it is a normal benefit of having a dog.
Using a dog for fear management can have several meanings. The most beneficial would most likely be using CBT and self checks and depending on how your using the dog in that, can be tied to reducing hype- vigilance. The big part of all of that is YOU having proper, working coping tools to use; without them, none of this works.
As far as alerting to people behind you, you'd have to decide on a realistic distance, with the help of a trainer.
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