It is. I"m amazed by the change. She went to a trial at a totally unknown (to her) location last weekend - full of unknown dogs and people, and one barn dog who had no owner there but comes with the property and.That is so Awesome !!!!!!!
Yeah, years is more like the timeline.Thanks CptJack! Still an inspiration!
Admittedly, some days when I work with a very reactive dog and don't make the amount of progress I hope to make, I think of the Mollys of the world and remember that it doesn't take a day, or a week. But the journey is worth it. I just wish the owners saw it that way too.
Yeah. The pure theory stuff - is probably really good in a super controlled setting but super controlled settings just don't really exist out in the world and every time the dog gets flung over threshold because they've learned to seek them out things get WORSE. I'm super validated to hear you confirm that.I think your approach was wonderful and I've actually shifted my approach to something along these lines rather than things like pure BAT. Go out, do what the dog loves first, enjoy being outside. Then, work around dogs. The challenge with a lot of reactive dog techniques is it works on the premise of 'use food, work around other dogs' in some capacity. And the distance is just not workable in real life because the dog is then looking for other dogs and over threshold too fast.
I lost count somewhere along the way P) but stop being a hyper-vigilant basket-case? 'bout 3 years, turns out.The question now becomes: How many positive experiences will it take ME to stop being a hyper-vigilant basket case?