|Barked: Tue Oct 30, '07 10:01pm PST |
|This is an update to my previous post. According to our trainer, because Henry is deaf, he takes a lot of information in through his eyes, and he can become overwhelmed with information in certain circumstances. As it turns out, he does not have "fear agression" per say, but he has a problem coping with too much stimuli. It is up to me and also Henry's daddy to make Henry's environments as stress-free as possible, and to know when something is or will be too much for him.
We have now put a crate in our vehicle and Henry rides in that instead of where he can see everything. It makes me a little sad to do that, but our trainer says Henry is not as stressed and that he appreciates it, and he will ultimately feel safer and more secure.
We also got some great training tips. Henry already knows many hand signals, but he still needs to learn how to be on leash with other animals that are also on leash (comfortably) before we can go to any group classes. For this specific issue we were instructed to reward him as he moves towards other leashed dogs without reacting (and not reward him as we walk away) and eventually get closer and closer to the other dogs.
We will report back. I hope things are going good for you Molly and mom!
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