Fear of certain people or other dogs
Initiate contact using ayourself, or by letting other people use it; remove it when you feel the dog can be trusted. Once your dog has experienced positive interaction, try to give him as many contacts with strangers as possible. You can ask the stranger in question to give the dog a piece 01 . (the ultimate reward)
Fear of being touched: A dog that is afraid of being touched doesn't trust people, and touch can trigger aggressiveness. The dog must learn to tolerate contact. You could use desensitization 01 positive associations. To begin, practice the exercise for a few seconds, and start by touching a part 01 his body that is less difficult for him to tolerate. Direct your touch to a slightly more sensitive area. 1I the dog allows your touch, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOODI" and reward him. Repeat many times, in different places. By rewarding your dog each time he accepts your touch, he will associate it to a pleasant outcome. Practice this exercise often, during brief periods; gradually, the dog will get accustomed to it, therefore, desensitized. After that, the process can be done with a friend, or even a stranger. Always proceed gradually, and don't forget to go back to square one if you change person or place.
Fear of being touched with certain objects: Place the objects the dog is afraid of on the floor, well within sight. Let the dog sniff them and check them out. Every time he does, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD!" and reward him. Take the object in your hands, but do not touch the dog. Just give him a command, and give him the SR "SOUND + GOOD! + TREAT" and a treat when he looks at the object and tries to approach it. Repeat many times at the same "intensity", at the same place, with the same object. Later, you can introduce a higher level of difficulty. As someare more sensitive than others, be patient and proceed gradually.
Fear of taking walks: If the dog fears walks, it is important to proceed very gradually. At first. take frequent walks in quiet areas, taking him to places where people circulate. If the dog looks like he wants to bite people constantly, use a muzzle, and do not remove it until the dog has shown significant progress in his behavior. A traditional muzzle will not allow you to giveto the dog if he behaves well. Should you wish to benefit from this option, we recommend the Gentle Leader(r), a special restricting collar ideal for this application.
When the dog gets overexcited during a walk, observe your dog in order to identify the offensive stimuli. Since the approach used here differs from the one we use to counter fear, it is necessary to narrow down the precise cause of the behavior we want to correct. By looking closely at the way the dog acts, it is easy to find out: whether he chases cars, strangers or animals, or whether he runs away from them. Here is an example of what to do if a dog is excited by the presenc e of other:
- Bring your dog to take a walk. If he shows no signs of nervousness, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD'" and reward.
- If he starts acting up, jumping and tugging at his , tell him "HEY!" right away.
- Tell him to sit; as soon as he does, resume your walk towards the test dog. If the dog finds it difficult to calm down, back up until the dog feels comfortable.
- Take two steps, and stop; give him a treat if he's calm; if he acts up, tell him "HEY!". If he persists, give him the VW "HEY'" + SHORT SPRAY.
- Gradually advance towards the other dog, until your dog finds himself right next to him. At that point, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD!", and give him a treat.