Features October 2015 Issue

Help With Door-Crazy Dogs

Enlisting strangers to help is usually the final part of a “counter-conditioning & desensitization” plan that involves many steps. Without those steps, you risk “flooding” the dogs, putting them over threshold, which can cause a setback in training. And yet, this particular intervention was divine.

Help With Door-Crazy Dogs

A dog trainer helps her client make a major breakthrough with door-crazy dogs, with a little help from some timely visitors.

In my capacity as a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, I sometimes need to delve deeper into the creativity well to help a client solve a particularly difficult behaviour problem. This is actually an element of my work that I love. I enjoy puzzles and brainstorming and engineering custom-made training plans.

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