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Drive is fear's biggest enemy

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2) Happy games to make them happy.
1) Don't make them face their fears.


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Feb. 25th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
I try to get at this in my classes too, at least the part where you acknowledge what a dog is alerting to (or being afraid of) rather than trying to shush the dog, or have them act like they don't see it. I think many times when dogs bark, startle, pull toward or away from something, they're trying to let us know that thing is there. When we ignore their communications, we basically are saying "REACT HARDER!" and most of them do.

I didn't know Silvia had two chicken dogs. Pretty amazing what she's accomplished with them.
Feb. 25th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Right. I am sure this is the mistake i made with Stel after she got bit on leash and started cowering when we passed other dogs on the street. She had to take matters into her own paws and I am still not sure I handle this correctly but I certainly acknowledge she's worried and I have been getting her to do the little things that she knows to do until the other dog crisis is passed. It's not every dog. Little black dogs for sure. Dogs she can smell or hear before she sees. But that is so greT you are teaching that. Wish I'd had a class like yours
Feb. 25th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
love her

elf magic is fear's biggest enemy
Feb. 25th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
And that is elf style self promotion so natural and rich you dont even notice. So different from the cotton candy SG gives that you start to chew but then there really is nothing there. Or the actionpacked movie trailers of OMD that may or may not make you want to be in the OMD movie...
Feb. 28th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
I love your analogy!!!
Feb. 28th, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'll work on the spins with Matilda.
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