By Sean O’Shea from the The Good Dog Training and Rehabilitation
The three things you’re reactive dog wants to know before he/she stops reacting…
1) Can you believably control yourself? (In times of stress and pressure are you calm, relaxed, confident, in control? Or are you unsure, nervous, tentative, angry, and stressed?)
2) Can you believably control him or her? (Are you able to keep your dog relaxed, calm, and tuned-in to you even in situations that would cause stress, anxiety, or explosions?)
3) Can you believably control the environment? (Are you able to create a safe zone around you and your dog that no other dog or person can violate?)
When you’re able to effectively master all three of these challenges, your dog will finally be able to relax knowing you’re qualified to keep them safe. Once they truly believe that you’ve “got it” they will finally be able to give up the job of attempting to do it themselves.
Without these three in place, the stress and anxiety that comes from not trusting you, themselves, or the world, will continue the cycle of reactivity.
How are you doing with the Big Three??
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