Our young German Shepherd, Leo, was getting more and more out of control to the point where our kids could not walk him and it was SO stressful. Leash aggression, barking at the door and visitors – and we could not get him under control.
The training was mostly about us as owners and how we talk to our dog, how we give her feedback, when and how we praise her, and how we teach her what behaviors result in positive experiences.
When I rescued my adorkable dog, Goose, from the Humane Society last May I knew he was supposedly dog selective but he turned out to be dog reactive, lunging and growling at any dog no matter how big/small or close/far away.
We knew he was a sweet dog with potential, but he had a lot of disruptive behavior issues that would make welcoming our new baby a real problem and possibly dangerous.
Karen is simply a miracle worker. I wish I had started with Karen three years ago when I first got my dog. I tell EVERYONE who is getting a dog to use her.
Knowing what’s coming next, being able to predict what happens when we do X, Y, or Z doesn’t just make our lives easier — it provides us with a deep sense of psychological safety.
Yet we often expect our dogs to navigate their (or rather our) world without that sense of security.
In this blog, I look at how you can harness the power of prediction to alter how your dog interprets and reacts to the world around them, and how that could make life better for both of you.