|Barked: Wed May 29, '13 9:17pm PST |
|A VERY late reply... but I'm replying-
The trainer I posted ends up using the exact methods that the Petsmart trainer uses- redirecting, conditioning, and the whole positive reinforcement deal, which works VERY well on Kityra (my other dog), but apparently not at all on Lancer in this particular case... I only talked with her on the phone a couple weeks ago. I didn't schedule a private session.
Lancer's progressed greatly though in the past couple weeks. Like Ophelia, we're avoiding the dogs if possible. Or we stand from a tolerable distance and I praise him when he watches silently.
Here's another big issue I'm confused about with Lancer actually... when he walks with me, he is much more calm and tolerant of other dogs, cars, and people. I've discovered that when we see said stimulus, I simply bend down and tell him "you don't have to bark" in a stern (maybe threatening?) voice, which actually calms him down. Occassionally, he will still seem to start an anxiety attack, but if I say "come on Lancer" or "you don't have to bark" in that stern voice, he calms down. Even without saying those, he is much more stable when walking with me. Nowadays, he may only bark once or twice on our two hour walks, and only during too much stimulus (ex: a biker stops next to us, or a runner stops to talk to me) which is a huge improvement!
The case is that when he walks with my mom, he's a completely different dog- he becomes his old, volatile self, easily breaks tolerance and gets those old barking, whimpering, spinning anxiety attacks. I don't think she's any less confident a walker than I am, but her presence and commands do not help him calm down at all. My mom is the one home with him all the time, so she needs to be able to get this down... I'm not home very often. Anxiety attacks when with my mom may even have become a habit, according to the trainer I called before? I'm not very convinced though.
Any advice is appreciated.
ETA: Just a note on his improvement, he's able to VERY calmly walk on a busy street with me now! Bikers, runners, and groups of high schoolers going by are no biggie either, though he will still stare intently.
Though... when he's only with my mom, all of these things I just listed freak him out the same old way.
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