Training Tips and Tricks

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Very important! New objects in the environment - especially ones that move - can freak dogs out. It’s not funny to watch a dog struggle. Be mindful, be prepared, and load up that treat bag!

#ysdlearnAs each holiday comes around the sundial, it presents new challenges for worried dogs. Halloween might not include backyard fireworks (yet), but it does offer surprises where dogs otherwise walk comfortably every day.

If you're not already walking your dog with a good treat pouch hooked to your waist, you might be missing a good opportunity to practice counter-conditioning skills. When you encounter any graves, ghosts, skeletons or jack o'lanterns, watch your dog's reaction. If you see any hesitation or concern, back away and offer food with a happy voice (you know the voice - the kind that brings neighbors to their windows with concerned expressions). The most important piece is to allow your dog to make his own choice about approaching.

It's not necessary to feed only approaches and curiosity. Feeding worry can also be very helpful.

If your dog is significantly frightened, leave and give it another go tomorrow; there are weeks to go for changing your dog's emotional response from fear to indifference (or, more likely, excitement about more cheese).
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Very important! New objects in the environment - especially ones that move - can freak dogs out. It’s not funny to watch a dog struggle. Be mindful, be prepared, and load up that treat bag! 

#ysdlearn
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