Refreshers with Glimmer

Glimmer is doing very well practicing figure-8’s, tight heels, walk-arounds on a down-stay, and off-leash heeling and recall. Here’s a small sample of her progress with the down-stay walk-around: Read More

Basics Practice

Happy Friday – and happy weekend to everyone! The temperature has been Read More

Board and Train Lupin: Going Home

Lupin went home with his people yesterday. He showed them in person how much he’s changed and how much he’s progressed. I hope his people are happy with the results I’ve achieved with him, and I wish them all a long and very happy life together. I know they will continue to work with him, and I know he will continue to give them his best self as he matures and grows. Read More

Board and Train Lupin: End of Week 4

Lupin goes home to his people tomorrow.  I want to extend my deep appreciation and sincere thanks to Read More

Board and Train Lupin: End of Week 3

This past week has been about breakthroughs – breakthroughs achieved through perseverance and the courage to trust:  Read More

Board and Train Lupin: Week 3 in Progress

Lupin is making excellent progress in many areas. Two days ago, he ate his first supper in the kitchen with Glimmer and Violet… and he did a phenomenal job of staying calm even when Glimmer snuck behind me to get a kibble he had dropped on the floor. This was a huge achievement for him: before he came to me, his possessiveness over food was so intense and unpredictable that the family had to separate him from their other animals during meal times. His human mom told me that he would be fine one minute, and then suddenly, from out of nowhere, he would attack.

While Lupin is making tremendous strides all across the board, there is one area in which he is not doing well at all: The walk. For Lupin, the walk is torture. He’s so skittish that he jumps at his own shadow, his anxiety level gets so high that he whines and tries to pull his way back to the house, and his fear… He is so terrified of everything that his tail drops between his legs, he lowers his body closer to the ground, and he tries to bolt. He has no confidence on the walk at all, and no trust in me to keep him safe. He starts out relatively calm, but not even half-way down the block, his fear and anxiety overwhelm him and what should be enjoyable for him becomes a nightmare.

I have been observing Lupin’s behavior very closely, trying to figure out what’s triggering him. Lupin’s owner told me they don’t usually have any trouble with him when they take him on nature hikes. I spoke with a colleague about it, and they suggested that maybe it’s the city sounds that are triggering his anxiety. I realized immediately that this is exactly what’s happening. So, as we near the end of Week 3, I’m doing some noise conditioning work with him in the hope of easing his anxiety and fear enough that he can start making more positive associations. The walk is a very important bonding and trust exercise for both the dog and the owner; it should never be a negative, unpleasant experience.

Have a great day, everyone, and remember: Stay calm and lead on.

Board and Train Lupin: End of Week 2

Today marks the beginning of Week 3 of Lupin’s stay with me.  Here’s where he’s at after two weeks: Read More

Board and Train Lupin: Meeting New People #1

Yesterday, Lupin met not one but two new people. This video is the short version of the exercise. Enjoy!

Board and Train Lupin: 10 Days In

Last night, we had a major breakthrough with Lupin. Even I was stunned speechless. Here’s what happened. Read More

Board and Train Lupin: The Flirt Pole, #1

This morning, Lupin had his first experience with the flirt pole. He loved it! We didn’t work long because of the heat, but during the session, he did a phenomenal job of working to control his impulses, learning the “out” command, and making the connection that doing what’s asked of him means he gets to “catch” the toy. Excellent job, Lupin!

Board and Train Lupin: End of Week 1

We have begun the second week of Lupin’s stay with me. At the end of Week 1, here’s how he’s doing: Read More

Board and Train: Lupin, Day 4

Happy Friday! Sunday marks the end of Lupin’s first full week with us – and what an interesting week it’s been! Read More