|Barked: Wed Sep 12, '12 9:50am PST |
|Olive, I work for Ali Brown. lily's advice is good advice. It is training advice. Work below your dog's threshold limit and a good way to judge is by how willing she is to accept food, but I would be even a bit further back. In reactive classes, our students learn to recognize when the dogs are approaching threshold, and we often here the handlers say things like "His mouth was a little hard" or "She looks a little worried" and even the observers (other students who are not working their dogs at that moment) will note "I saw a couple of stress licks on that rep" or something similar. We know that is the time to pull back.
What you are describing is a real world scenario. A surprise to both Olive AND to you. It's what we train for, but often we (and our dogs) do not yet have the training time under our belts to handle such a situation. If things have already escalated, get outta there.
You don't try to learn calculus during the test. You learn the calculus in a safe, quiet time, practice it till it becomes rote, THEN you take the test. Training is learning and the situation you describe is the test. If you take the test before you have learned the material, you will fail.
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